Government Contracts

  • December 2, 2016

    FCC Seeks Feedback On Plan For National Lifeline Verifier

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday asked for comments on a proposal for implementing a national verifier for participation in the Lifeline low-income subsidy program after March reforms, asking for feedback between Dec. 5 and Dec. 30 on how the Universal Service Administrative Co. should take over the customer eligibility process.

  • December 2, 2016

    House Passes $619B Defense Spending, Reform Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the combined version of the National Defense Authorization Act on Friday, the $619 billion annual spending and reform package for the armed forces, after agreements with the Senate dropped many of the most controversial provisions.

  • December 2, 2016

    Landfill Co. Prevails In Authority's $6M Appeal At 11th Circ.

    An Eleventh Circuit panel refused Friday to upend a landfill company's $6 million contract breach win against the solid waste authority of Mobile, Alabama, concluding in an unpublished opinion that the district court properly exercised jurisdiction over the company's suit alleging shorted payments and a refusal to negotiate.

  • December 2, 2016

    Fla. Man Gets 150 Months For Gov't Bond Fraud Scheme

    A Florida man was sentenced Friday to 12 years and six months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $4 million for defrauding federal agencies by issuing worthless bonds used to insure government construction projects, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • December 2, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Reinstates Prison Factory Whistleblower's Case

    A former overseer of a prison complex helmet factory who claims he was demoted after blowing the whistle on wasteful spending and faulty materials won his appeal on Friday when a split Federal Circuit reversed a board decision that found he was reassigned for unrelated reasons.

  • December 2, 2016

    5 Insights From Airbus Group's Joshua Walker

    Technology so quickly outpaces regulation, and it’s imperative governments at every level find that sweet spot where the public is reasonably protected but innovation isn’t stifled. If the U.S. doesn’t get this balance right, other governments will, says Joshua Walker, general counsel and project executive for A3 by Airbus Group.

  • December 1, 2016

    21 At Texas Med. Center Charged In Massive Bribery Scheme

    Nearly two dozen founders of and investors in a physician-owned health care facility in Dallas have been charged in connection with roughly $40 million in bribes and kickbacks paid for patient referrals, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday in Texas federal court.

  • December 1, 2016

    Florida Nursing Homes Must Face $300M FCA Suit

    The operators of 53 skilled nursing facilities in Florida were denied sought-after pretrial victories over a whistleblower’s $300 million suit accusing them of overbilling Medicare and Medicaid, as a federal judge on Thursday found that they fell short of showing the record presents no genuine issue of material fact.

  • December 1, 2016

    Safeway Must Face Inflated Drug Price Suit

    Grocery chain Safeway Inc. cannot escape a False Claims Act suit accusing it of overbilling federal and state health care programs for prescription drugs, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • December 1, 2016

    NJ Woman Admits Role In $1M DNA Testing Medicare Fraud

    A New Jersey woman on Thursday admitted in federal court that she engaged in a $1 million Medicare fraud scheme that involved convincing seniors to submit to unnecessary genetic testing, offering kickbacks to physicians to authorize the tests and unlawfully accessing victims' private health care information.

  • December 1, 2016

    Army Contractor Can’t Get Jury Trial In Kuwait Project Dispute

    A Virginia federal judge refused on Thursday to allow for a jury trial in a contractor's lawsuit accusing Johnson Controls of botching a U.S. Army shelter project in Kuwait as a subcontractor, concluding a jury wasn't properly requested and would be unfair to allow for at such a late stage.

  • December 1, 2016

    EU Unveils Plans For Common Defense Fund With Over €5B

    The European Commission unrolled plans for a common defense fund Wednesday, which will include over €5 billion ($5.3 billion) each year to help member states jointly invest in defense equipment, following a call from the commission's president to “toughen up” Europe.

  • December 1, 2016

    Calif., NY Back Conn.'s Renewable Certificate Program

    California, New York and four other states urged the Second Circuit to find that Connecticut's rules on tradable renewable energy certificates don’t conflict with the U.S. Constitution, saying the issue has implications for their own state programs.

  • December 1, 2016

    3rd Circ. Backs Sentences In $136M Transpo Contract Fraud

    Two former Pennsylvania businessmen convicted of fraudulently obtaining about $136 million in combined highway construction contracts meant for small, minority-owned businesses saw their revised sentences upheld Wednesday, when the Third Circuit agreed with the lower court that the pair's profits represented the fraud-induced loss.

  • December 1, 2016

    FTC Contest Didn't Create Procurement Contract: Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit held in a Thursday precedential decision that even though a man entered into a contract with the Federal Trade Commission by participating in an agency-sponsored competition seeking anti-robocalling inventions, that agreement wasn’t a procurement contract, meaning he lacks standing to object to the judging process under federal bid-protest provisions.

  • December 1, 2016

    Trump Picks Former Marine Corps Gen. For Defense Secretary

    President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as his administration’s secretary of defense, he announced Thursday.

  • December 1, 2016

    Texas Jury Slaps Mortgage Lenders, CEO With $93M Verdict

    Two mortgage brokers once among the largest in the nation and their CEO must pay a $93 million verdict that is subject to trebling after a Houston federal jury ruled they tricked the federal government into covering thousands of risky loans.

  • December 1, 2016

    House Dems Raise Conflict Issues Over Trump's DC Lease

    A group of U.S. House of Representatives Democrats sent a letter to the General Services Administration boss on Wednesday, raising conflict-of-interest concerns over President-elect Donald Trump’s lease of the Old Post Office building and seeking answers as to how the agency will handle the matter going forward.

  • December 1, 2016

    Contractor Seeks New Trial Over Mont. Tribe Scandal

    A man and a construction company recently convicted of bribing an ex-Montana state legislator for $2.5 million in federally funded contracts on the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation asked for a new trial on Tuesday, saying the federal government brought in forbidden evidence at the last minute.

  • December 1, 2016

    DC Judge Won't Confirm Hardy's $74M Award Against India

    A D.C. federal judge refused Wednesday to confirm a $74 million arbitral award against India following a dispute with a Hardy Oil and Gas affiliate over rights to certain natural gas reserves after concluding that India hadn't been properly served, though he declined to dismiss the suit.

Expert Analysis

  • The Trump Infrastructure Plan And Its Legal Implications

    Steve Sorett

    The incoming Trump administration's $1 trillion infrastructure plan would rely mostly on private investment, with infrastructure tax credits envisioned as bringing the needed financing to the table. But many questions remain unanswered, including who will decide on the selection and timing of projects, what laws will apply, and how private investors will be paid back, says Steve Sorrett of Kutak Rock LLP.

  • Defense IR&D Policy Shift Is Unnecessary, Counterproductive

    Tom Lemmer

    The proposed U.S. Department of Defense policy change regarding independent research and development is particularly shortsighted, in an era of declining budgets and a continuing desire to maintain technological superiority, because it likely will create disincentives for technology developers to innovate, and ultimately will increase DOD acquisition costs, say Thomas Lemmer and Gale Monahan of Dentons.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Conflicting Agency Guidance On Confidentiality Policies

    Celina Joachim

    In recent months, agencies not traditionally involved in the labor and employment realm have issued guidance impacting future iterations of employee handbook and code of conduct policies. Along with the guidance comes substantially higher consequences for failure to comply, including potential criminal prosecution, say Celina Joachim and Ryan Vann of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • A Review Of Key Cases Against Executives In Q3

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    Attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight the third quarter’s most significant cases and government investigations impacting corporate executives.

  • What If The Government Says A False Claim Isn't False?

    Mark Strauss

    The False Claims Act lets whistleblowers with evidence of fraud against the government bring civil suits and recover damages on the government’s behalf. But what if a government agency denies being defrauded, and declares its willingness to keep paying the allegedly false claims? This question — which may be relevant under the Trump administration — is raised by Harman v. Trinity, now before the Fifth Circuit, says Mark Strauss of ... (continued)

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • Transportation Policy In The Trump Era: Part 3

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    The challenge of revitalizing and updating the nation’s transportation and infrastructure will be a focus for the 115th Congress and the Trump administration. In the final installment of a three-part series, attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs look at likely developments in water infrastructure, as well as anticipated developments on the transportation and infrastructure front with regard to congressional committees.

  • How Gov't Shutdowns Impact Event Cancellation Policies

    Jonathan R. MacBride

    Though the Republicans recently took power of both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, potential partisan fighting means that government shutdowns remain a real threat. Jonathan MacBride and Isabella Stankowski-Booker of Zelle LLP discuss important considerations for event cancellation insurers.