Government Contracts

  • August 20, 2014

    Blackwater Guard Asks For Acquittal Of Murder Charge

    A former Blackwater Worldwide security guard called on a Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday to throw out the first-degree murder case against him for allegedly killing an Iraqi driver in a Baghdad traffic circle, saying prosecutors have provided no evidence linking him to the man's death.

  • August 20, 2014

    Dental Fraud Report Hints At Emerging Medicaid Crackdown

    An inspector general's report Wednesday about possible overbilling of Medicaid by Louisiana dentists is calling attention to a fast-emerging area of fraud around the country that's incurring the wrath of prosecutors, False Claims Act whistleblowers and personal injury lawyers, according to experts and public records.

  • August 20, 2014

    Plaintiff Ends $4B Qui Tam Suit Against Consumers Energy

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday approved an agreement to dismiss a whistleblower suit that had accused Michigan-based public utility Consumers Energy Co. of defrauding its customers and the government out of $4 billion by inflating its electricity and gas rates.

  • August 20, 2014

    Air Force Grounds Lockheed F-16Ds After Finding Cracks

    The U.S. Air Force has grounded more than half of its fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-16D fighter jets after discovering cracks in the planes, it said Tuesday.

  • August 20, 2014

    DOL Vows To Root Out Transgender Bias Among Contractors

    The U.S. Department of Labor vowed Tuesday to focus enforcement efforts on investigating and cracking down on employment bias against transgender federal contractor employees, a move that follows a presidential order barring contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • August 20, 2014

    NASA Delays $20B IT Contract Awards Until September

    NASA said on Wednesday that it will delay announcing awards under a $20 billion information technology contract until September amid a torrent of proposals and a bid protest brought by five companies over their offers for the contract.

  • August 20, 2014

    Execs Duck RICO Claims Over $1B Venezuelan Energy Deals

    A New York federal judge on Monday trimmed racketeering and conspiracy claims from a former U.S. ambassador's civil lawsuit against three energy executives accused of bribing their way into Venezuelan energy construction contracts worth $1 billion.

  • August 20, 2014

    DOJ Says Subcontractor Should Stay In KBR False Claims Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday blasted First Kuwaiti Trading Co.'s attempts to evade a False Claims Act suit accusing it and KBR Inc. of filing fraudulent claims while working on a massive logistical support contract in Iraq, saying an Illinois federal court has jurisdiction over the subcontractor's portion of the suit.

  • August 19, 2014

    Samsung To Pay $2.3M To End FCA Suit Over Trade Breach

    Samsung Electronics America Inc. has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a whistleblower suit in Maryland federal court accusing the tech giant of violating the False Claims Act by providing resellers with inaccurate information regarding its products’ country of origin, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • August 19, 2014

    Fla. Biz Sued For Using HUBZone To Get $11M In Contracts

    The U.S. intervened Monday in a whistleblower suit in Florida federal court against construction company Air Ideal Inc. for allegedly falsely using a Historically Underutilized Business Zone address to obtain more than $11 million in government contracts.

  • August 19, 2014

    Waste Management Hits Oakland With Suit Over $1B Contracts

    Waste Management of Alameda County Inc. hit the city of Oakland with a lawsuit in California court on Monday, seeking an order directing the city council to repeal three separate contracts, worth a combined $1 billion and awarded to another provider, based on environmental concerns.

  • August 19, 2014

    GSA, Air Force Sign Pact To Find Cost-Effective Contracts

    The U.S. General Services Administration said on Monday that it has teamed up with the U.S. Air Force to help the military branch find cost-effective, enterprise-wide contracts for goods and services.

  • August 19, 2014

    GAO Denies Protest Over $15M Small-Business Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Tuesday denied The Bowen Group's protest over a $15 million contract for U.S. Marine Corps medical support, saying the Marines were justified in choosing a slightly more expensive bidder that didn't plan to cut staffing levels as the Afghanistan war winds down.

  • August 19, 2014

    KBR Insists Business Gifts Aren't The Same As Kickbacks

    Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. on Monday shot back against the government's attempt to win partial summary judgment in a suit over alleged kickbacks under its Iraq War contract, saying that the government hadn't established that the kickbacks were anything but commonplace business gifts accepted by low-level KBR employees.

  • August 19, 2014

    Home Health Industry Hails Relaxed Medicare Anti-Fraud Tool

    Health care providers are cheering Medicare's proposal to stop requiring physicians to supply a detailed narrative when authorizing home health services, likely heralding an end to the controversial anti-fraud policy that recently sparked litigation.

  • August 19, 2014

    Ex-Bell Officials' Claims Against BB&K Nixed As Unspecific

    A California judge threw out claims by five former officials of the city of Bell who were convicted of pillaging municipal coffers to give themselves exorbitant salaries and who are suing Best Best & Krieger LLP for legal malpractice, ruling Monday that the claims weren't specific enough.

  • August 19, 2014

    NASA Awards Jacobs $120M Mod To Flight Center Contract

    Jacobs Technology Inc. has been awarded a contract modification worth up to $120 million by NASA to extend the company's agreement to provide engineering and science services to the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center by a year, NASA said Monday.

  • August 19, 2014

    NY Nursing Home To Pay $2.2M To End Medicaid Fraud Suit

    Nursing home owner Ralex Services Inc. has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a whistleblower suit accusing it of bilking New York’s Medicaid program by overstating the level of care its residents needed, according to filings made in federal court Monday.

  • August 19, 2014

    Aerojet Rocketdyne Wins Rocket Engine 3D Printing Contract

    A GenCorp. Inc. subsidiary said Monday that it has secured a U.S. Department of Defense contract to develop and manufacture liquid rocket engine technology for national security space launch services, noting it plans to use 3D printing in its work.

  • August 18, 2014

    Health Network To Pay $35M In Biggest-Ever Ariz. FCA Deal

    An Arizona hospital operator has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false bills to federal health care programs for inpatient rehabilitation services, in what prosecutors say is the largest-ever FCA recovery in the state.

Expert Analysis

  • 8th Circ. Provides Guidance On FCA Public Disclosure Bar

    Joe Dosch

    The Eighth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a qui tam False Claims Act suit in Paulos v. Stryker Corp. and in doing so offered helpful guidance regarding the proper application of the public disclosure bar, while highlighting an open issue regarding public disclosure, say Scott Stein and Joe Dosch of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Is Project Labscam II On The Horizon?

    Marilyn May

    While there is no way of knowing whether — or how many — lab investigations and sealed qui tams are proceeding in U.S. attorney’s offices, there is a strong likelihood that law enforcement will be taking a closer look at a recent study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General in deciding what cases are worth pursuing, say Marilyn May and Jennifer Kang of Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • An In-House Lawyer's Top 10 Tips For Outside Counsel

    Francis M. Drelling

    To this day, I have yet to see a litigation hold letter that was written by someone who understands the realities of how a business is actually run. In-house counsel cannot issue decrees to business units that read like they are issued by the king to his subjects, says Francis Drelling, in-house counsel at Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • GAO Decision May Be Troubling For Small Business

    Katie Flood

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's recent decision in American Toner & Ink may negatively impact small businesses in relation to future procurements that consolidate smaller contracts into a larger vehicle like the Office Supplies Third Generation contract, says Katie Flood of PilieroMazza PLLC.

  • Law Firms May Be Violating Copyrights

    Roy Kaufman

    On average, a legal professional forwards content to 14 different people per week. Yet many attorneys and staff lack an understanding of copyright and their firm’s specific policies regarding shared third-party materials, says Roy Kaufman of Copyright Clearance Center.

  • Filing Protests At Both GAO And COFC Can Be Useful

    Sharon Larkin

    To critics, second-bite protests are merely repeat protests, where a protester who lost at the U.S. Government Accountability Office attempts to retry its case on the same grounds at the Court of Federal Claims — but this oversimplifies the situation. A closer look at 2014 cases illustrates when second-bite protests are effective, says Sharon Larkin, a shareholder at Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC and former judge on the GAO Contract Appeals Board.

  • Health Care 'Kickbacks' Cover More Than You Might Think

    Steve Grimes

    The catch-all language of the Anti-Kickback Statute covers anything and everything that could induce a doctor to refer a patient, and means that a hospital that buys doughnuts and coffee for doctors who refer patients to the hospital could be breaking the law, say Steve Grimes and Dan Rubinstein of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • A Close Look At NY's New Privilege Log Rule

    Joseph B. Schmit

    In addition to significantly reducing costs incurred in the preparation of privilege logs, the new categorical approach to privilege logs in New York will allow parties to identify and frame legal issues requiring the court’s attention more clearly — thus positively impacting the efficiency of the dispute resolution process as well, say Joseph Schmit and Aaron Schue of Phillips Lytle LLP.

  • Courtroom Challenge: Preparing For A First Trial

    John S. Worden

    Trials are stressful and, while there is a certain kind of nervousness from the fear of being embarrassed among inexperienced lawyers, learning how to examine and cross-examine witnesses as well as how to craft arguments are not mechanical and can only be mastered through experience, say John Worden and Lindsey Berg of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • Try Not To Get Burned By Summer OFCCP Enforcement

    Kenneth Rosenberg

    While federal contractors may have been looking forward to a break from new affirmative action regulations and related enforcement activities, President Obama and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs have turned up the heat on federal contractors this summer, says Kenneth Rosenberg of Fox Rothschild LLP.