Government Contracts

  • November 25, 2015

    Air Force Ordered To Reconsider Construction Co.'s Bid

    A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Air Force to reconsider its determination that KWR Construction Inc. was ineligible for contracts for construction work at Arizona air bases, saying Air Force officials used an improper process in ruling KWR’s bid unrealistic.

  • November 25, 2015

    $43M Afghanistan Gas Station Subject Of IG Criminal Probe

    A special investigator is conducting several criminal probes related to the U.S. Department of Defense task force responsible for building a $43 million compressed natural gas station in Afghanistan, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    Feds Expect $30M From FCA Deals With Fla. Pharmacies

    Six Florida-based compound pharmacies agreed to settle allegations that they fraudulently billed TRICARE, the U.S. military's health care program, in deals expected to net the federal government $30 million in fines and repayments, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    Air Force Extends Health Care Contractors' Work For $984M

    The United States Air Force has approved a $983.5 million extension of related contracts through which 22 companies provide medical services at more than 60 American military facilities, according to a notice published by the Department of Defense on Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    FEMA EGrant System Lacks Adequate Security, DHS Says

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General has uncovered security concerns associated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's electronic grant program for fire departments, which the OIG says doesn't adequately control or limit access.

  • November 25, 2015

    Ex-Official Pleads Not Guilty In Alleged NJ Bid Rig Scheme

    A onetime official with a Union City, New Jersey, urban improvement agency pled not guilty to federal charges Tuesday after an October indictment accusing the 64-year-old of taking part in a scheme to rig competition for local housing rehabilitation and sidewalk replacement projects, according to court records.

  • November 25, 2015

    Alaska Pays $65M To Buy Out TransCanada LNG Contract

    Alaska has paid TransCanada Corp. $64.6 million to terminate a contract over a proposed liquefied natural gas project, moving the corporation’s share in the project over to the state, Gov. Bill Walker announced Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2015

    AWG Group Says Argentina's Arbitrator Bias Claim Falls Flat

    U.K.-based AWG Group Ltd. urged a District of Columbia federal court Monday to enforce a nearly $21 million arbitration award that Argentina is liable for after prematurely ending a water privatization contract, saying there is no merit to Argentina’s accusations of evident partiality against one of the arbitrators.

  • November 24, 2015

    DC Circ. Clears MWI In Nigerian FCA Suit

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday overturned a jury’s trebled $22.5 million verdict in a False Claims Act suit against Moving Water Industries Corp. over what constitutes high commissions during a Nigerian purchase backed by federal loans, finding the company can’t violate a standard left vague by the government.

  • November 24, 2015

    Fla. Gov't Contractor Pleads Guilty To Income Tax Fraud

    A Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based government contractor who leased Russian aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for training purposes pled guilty on Tuesday to filing false income tax returns.

  • November 24, 2015

    Gov’t Can’t Use Misrepresentation To Evade $65M Blimp Row

    The government can’t evade a contractor’s claims over a ruined $65 million blimp simply by cloaking a failure to repair the craft’s hangar with a failure to warn about the facility’s state of repair, a California federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2015

    NASA Finalizes Change To Accounting Rules For Contractors

    NASA is finalizing a temporary rule aimed at simplifying the accounting procedures it requires of contractors, according to a notice that will be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

  • November 24, 2015

    Aramark Settles Race, Sex Bias Claims From DOL

    Federal contractor Aramark has agreed to pay back wages to over 300 African-American and male employees the Department of Labor said were denied food service jobs on the basis of race and sex, the agency announced Monday.

  • November 24, 2015

    Ex-Hospital CFO, Docs Guilty In $580M Referral Billing Scheme

    Four people, including the former chief financial officer for a Long Beach, California, hospital at the center of a health care fraud and kickback scheme, have reached plea agreements admitting to being involved in the nearly $600 million billing scheme over spinal surgeries, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2015

    L-3 Inks $26M FCA Deal Over Allegedly Shoddy Gun Sights

    L-3 said Tuesday it would pay $25.6 million to settle the government’s False Claims Act suit over EOTech weapons sights sold to the military and law enforcement that the defense contractor allegedly knew were thrown off by extreme temperatures.

  • November 24, 2015

    Ill. US Atty To Join Armstrong Teasdale

    A U.S. attorney in Illinois will join Armstrong Teasdale LLP and focus on commercial class actions and whistleblower cases after stepping down at the end of this year, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2015

    Wireless Internet Group Seeks 'Neutral' Rural Broadband Push

    Representatives of wireless Internet providers told the Federal Communications Commission last week that the working plan for competitive bidding for a rural broadband expansion program threatens to box out wireless providers, according to a filing Monday.

  • November 24, 2015

    Medco Says Ex-Worker Can’t Bring FCA Suit

    Medco Health Solutions Inc. asked a Delaware federal judge to throw out a former employee’s False Claims Act suit alleging the pharmacy benefit company defrauded state and federal insurance programs by hiding discounts it received on drugs, saying the employee lacks the firsthand knowledge of the discounts necessary to bring the suit.

  • November 24, 2015

    Thompson Coburn Disavows Fall Of Anti-Terrorism Tech Firm

    Thompson Coburn LLP urged a Pennsylvania federal court Monday to dismiss claims brought by the Chapter 7 trustee of Valley Forge Composite Technologies Inc., saying its downfall stemmed from the CEO's decision to illegally sell military-grade components to China, not the law firm's actions.

  • November 24, 2015

    DynCorp Slams Dismissal Bid In Corporate Espionage Suit

    Defense contractor DynCorp International LLC asked a Florida federal judge Monday to keep alive its lawsuit accusing an AAR Corp. unit of stealing DynCorp trade secrets as the two competed for a U.S. State Department contract, saying its allegations were clear and should be decided by a jury.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

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    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • Inside DOD Whistleblower Rule For Confidentiality Agreements

    Albert B. Krachman

    The U.S. Department of Defense is now prohibited from contracting with firms that bind employees to confidentiality agreements that restrict their ability to report fraud, waste or abuse to appropriate investigative authorities. Albert Krachman and Stefanos Roulakis of Blank Rome LLP explore issues raised by the new regulations and the risks posed by noncompliance.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • More Regulators Eye Health Info Blocking

    Jodi Daniel

    Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and certain states have taken action to identify and prevent “information blocking” by health care providers, hospitals, technology developers and service providers. And there likely will be more guidance, statutory and regulatory changes, and enforcement by federal agencies and states in the coming year, say Crowell & Moring LLP attorneys Jodi Daniel and Roma Sharma.

  • Naval Vessel Is Not The Sum Of Its Asbestos-Containing Parts

    Paul L. Knobbe

    While the Washington federal court's recent ruling in Hassebrock v. Air & Liquid Systems Corp. relates specifically to product liability claims against shipbuilders, the arguments and analysis may be persuasive in cases where manufacturers or distributors of products that may include some asbestos-containing component parts have been sued under product liability theories, says Paul Knobbe of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • GAO Invokes Rare Exception To Protest Timeliness Rules

    Aron C. Beezley

    Although the Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in Eastern Forestry did not articulate a bright-line test with respect to invoking the “limited time period” exception to the timeliness rules regarding the protest of patent solicitation improprieties, a fairly bright line can be discerned from other relevant GAO decisions, says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • 13 Key Business Objectives For Corporate Legal Departments

    Joe Kanka

    Over the past 35 years, Joe Kanka has experienced the corporate legal department from many angles, including management positions at a major law firm litigation support center, two legal staffing companies, and inside AT&T and Bell Atlantic. Here, he shares his 13 key business objectives that corporate legal departments must strive for in today’s business environment.

  • Do Words Matter? GAO Says Yes In Bid Protest Decision

    Andrew Shipley

    In its recent precedent-setting decision in Harris IT Services, the Government Accountability Office made clear that the phrase “delivery order” has a particular meaning under the law and that government agencies must abide by that definition when procuring goods and services. And this principle applies far beyond that particular phrase, say Andrew Shipley and Seth Locke of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Pros And Cons Of The Latest OFCCP Tools

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    In addition to a video intended to improve employee-employer dialogue for disabled individuals, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently published a pocket card titled “Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation.” From the employer perspective, the card falls short of its intended purpose. While there is some helpful information, some crucially important information is missing, say attorneys at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.