Nigeria told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that a district court wrongly confirmed an $11.2 million award issued to an Enron subsidiary following a dispute over a power purchase agreement, saying the award was based on a contract that was at the heart of Enron's fraud and corruption scandal.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld a Texas federal judge's ruling awarding just over a third of the $2.08 million in attorneys' fees requested in a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit accusing a hospital of overbilling, finding that the attorneys' billable hours failed to adequately break down their work.
Oregon on Thursday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a district court's ruling that the state must face Oracle's copyright suit over allegedly not-paid-for work done on Oregon's health insurance exchange, arguing the state never waived its 11th Amendment immunity.
The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a decision Friday that a Florida eye doctor's clinic overbilled Medicare by nearly $9 million by extracting multiple doses from a single-dose vial of medication, agreeing with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that the charges were not medically reasonable.
A cardiovascular health care provider facing a False Claims Act suit asked a federal judge to reconsider an order not to apply an automatic bankruptcy stay, saying the court violated its due process rights by not considering a response it was entitled to file.
The federal government on Thursday urged a Montana district court to nix the Northern Arapaho tribe’s suit alleging that the Bureau of Indian Affairs wrongly gave the Eastern Shoshone tribe its blessing to take control of programs regulating joint tribal land, saying that the dispute is an intertribal matter.
The Missile Defense Agency fell short of hitting its ballistic missile defense testing objectives last year and has yet to take recommended steps that could reduce the frequency of testing delays, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report.
A former Fox News commentator on Friday pled guilty in Virginia federal court to defrauding the federal government by lying on overseas contractor job applications, admitting that there is no record he ever served in the CIA, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The U.S. Department of Justice and a defunct government contractor have reached a tentative $331,566 settlement in Florida federal court over decades-old contamination at the Cape Canaveral site where Titan missiles were first launched.
A supply agency of the U.S. Navy is looking for contractors who can deliver a range of wireless services, from texting to voice calls to Wi-Fi, according to a request for proposals posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website Thursday, which specifies multiple contracts worth up to $993.5 million combined.
Two trade groups representing federal contractors continue to press the U.S. Department of Defense not to base the award of a $17.5 billion information technology project on the lowest price to the detriment of quality, according to a letter made public Thursday.
An air cargo company awarded part of a $296 million government shipping contract has a right to object to United Airlines’ award of a task order in the deal, a Court of Federal Claims judge ruled Thursday, though he declined to preliminarily block United’s involvement.
The Fifth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a retired U.S. Army colonel’s conviction for a scheme to procure contracts intended for disadvantaged businesses but vacated his two-year prison sentence after concluding that a lower court inflated the amount the government lost due to the fraud.
Tirzah Lollar’s successful defense of former Halliburton subsidiary and U.S. army contractor KBR Inc. against multiple fraud and kickback allegations from whistleblowers following the Iraq war has earned the Vinson & Elkins LLP partner a spot among Law360's top attorneys under 40.
Whether he's advocating for top clients like the Boeing Company in cost-accounting disputes or working on high-profile bid protests, Perkins Coie LLP counsel Seth Locke puts the interests of government contractors first, landing him a spot among Law360’s 2016 Rising Stars.
Medical equipment suppliers who fraudulently overbill Medicare can be given longer sentences based on their positions of trust, a split Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday, saying a California couple convicted of $1.6 million worth of False Claims Act violations took advantage of a government honor system.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers caused more than $20 million in damages to a Florida palm tree farm, according to a Federal Claims suit filed Tuesday, alleging that a levee rehabilitation project ruined the groundwater flowing to the farm from a nearby lake.
A company that contracted with the Department of Defense to repair and maintain an Army depot in Texas agreed to a settlement Tuesday in which it will pay the federal government $2 million to resolve numerous alleged violations of the False Claims Act stemming from a whistleblower lawsuit.
Disgraced cycling champ Lance Armstrong and other defendants in a False Claims Act suit over millions of sponsorship dollars the U.S. Postal Service paid his team told a D.C. district court the government’s pleas for damages fall flat Wednesday, the same day the Department of Justice moved to establish damages.
A Florida federal court Thursday denied an information technology consultant's request for a new trial after a jury found it misappropriated a security access IT system from a U.S. Navy contractor, but reduced the $5 million award by $250,000 because of juror error.
While I am confident that the decisions in Windsor and Obergefell were made on the basis of the dictates of the Constitution, I am also confident that the communications efforts undertaken gave the justices additional comfort to make the right call, and ensured that these decisions were not treated as a Roe v. Wade redux, says Liz Mair, former online communications director for the Republican National Committee and president of Mair Strategies.
The 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure present a fertile opportunity for defendants to leverage the rules' renewed focus on reasonableness and proportionality to rein in rampant discovery abuse. Courts' application of the amended rules has already shown promise in this regard, say Martin Healy and Joseph Fanning of Sedgwick LLP.
Dentons is two different law firm networks in one. So even if the Swiss verein structure should eventually fail and Dentons is forced to operate as a network of independent law firms, it could still be a significant market force, says Mark A. Cohen, a recovering civil trial lawyer and the founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.
The IRS retainer of litigating powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to help develop a multibillion-dollar transfer pricing case against Microsoft is poor litigation strategy. Quinn Emanuel, while an excellent firm, has essentially no experience with substantive tax law or transfer pricing, says Stuart Bassin, a former U.S. Department of Justice tax litigator.
Various corporate defendants have vigorously fought, lost and refought challenges to the government’s ability to hire outside counsel on a contingent-fee basis. These failed efforts show why the use of outside counsel by government agencies, rather than being wrong, is entirely right, says Linda Singer, former District of Columbia attorney general now with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.
Two high-profile uses of nongovernment workers at the IRS have penetrated the wall of core government function in a way not been done in many decades. If we are going to take this path, we should have an understanding of when a task requires a government employee and when private contractors make the most sense, says Keith Fogg, a professor at Villanova Law School and a former IRS counsel.
While PACER is a powerful tool for gaining information, practitioners should keep in mind that certain flaws often cause lawyers to be omitted from cases they’ve worked on or to show up associated with the wrong firm. These errors build up across aggregate records, tainting any conclusions drawn from such data — often to a surprising extent, according to Brian Howard, a legal data scientist at Lex Machina.
In this article, attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight the most significant cases and government investigations that affected corporate executives in the first three months of 2016.
In the event of a corporate merger, a corporate asset transaction, or other type of business inheritance, a new or changed employing entity may have a duty to bargain with a certified or recognized union that represented the employees of a predecessor entity. David Phippen at Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP examines when and to what extent a new owner is obligated to bargain.
Tuesday's oral argument in Universal Health Services v. U.S. focused not on whether the U.S. Supreme Court would recognize the “implied certification” doctrine — most of the justices seemed to agree that a claim submitted for payment does certify at least some measure of compliance with statutory, regulatory or contractual obligations — but rather on what standard the court might adopt for determining when a claim can give rise to ... (continued)