Government Contracts

  • June 30, 2016

    Ill. Adopts Stopgap Budget, One Year Into Impasse

    Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed to a compromise bill on Thursday that will fund essential services like health care and education across the state until at least November, passing the measure exactly one year after partisan wrangling pushed the budget process into deadlock.

  • June 30, 2016

    Fla. Heart Doc To Pay $2M To Settle FCA Suit

    A Florida heart surgeon has agreed to pay $2 million and release any claims to $5.3 million in suspended Medicare funds to resolve a False Claims Act suit alleging he ordered unnecessary tests on patients in exchange for Medicare payments, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • June 30, 2016

    NJ Military Contractor Settles Fraud Claims For $1.1M

    A New Jersey-based military contractor, its parent company and affiliates have agreed to pay $1.1 million to resolve civil claims that they used shell companies to bill for more work than was actually performed in a contract involving the Kuwait-Iraq war zone, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday.

  • June 30, 2016

    Alcoa Scores $470M Metals Contract For Embraer Jetliners

    Alcoa Inc. announced a $470 million long-term contract Thursday under which the lightweight metals company will supply Brazil-based Embraer SA with aluminum sheet and plate bound for its new generation of narrow-body medium-range jet airliners, due to enter service in 2018.

  • June 30, 2016

    Iraq Gets $2.7B Loan For Tank, Jet Parts For ISIS Fight

    The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad announced Wednesday the granting of a $2.7 billion credit facility loan to the Iraqi government to spend on maintenance and ammunition for tanks and fighter jets to fight the Islamic State, as the Middle Eastern country grapples with economic woes. 

  • June 30, 2016

    Contractor Pleads Not Guilty In Mont. Tribe Corruption Scandal

    A contractor and his construction company have denied federal charges that they bribed an ex-Montana state legislator and a Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation official to get $2.5 million in federally funded contracts.

  • June 30, 2016

    Indian Oil Co. Fleeing Yemen Chaos Sues Gov’t For $4M Award

    An oil company owned by the Indian state of Gujarat that says rising levels of violence in Yemen forced it to abandon its oil exploration activities there in 2011 asked a D.C. federal judge on Wednesday to make the country pay a $3.7 million arbitration award related to the dispute.

  • June 30, 2016

    Judge Recommends No Partial Win In Furniture Co. FCA Suit

    A Texas magistrate judge recommended denying a whistleblowing furniture manufacturer's bid for an early win in its antitrust and False Claims Act suit against rival companies Thursday, writing that it hadn't proven those rivals lied to the government about being owned by women to gain certain contracts.

  • June 30, 2016

    GAO Sued Over Refused Bid Protest Redactions

    A security services contractor hit the U.S. Government Accountability Office with a lawsuit Wednesday in D.C. federal court to block the agency from releasing an unredacted bid protest decision containing sensitive information about the company it says could compromise its future competitive prospects.

  • June 29, 2016

    Gov't Can't Wait Till Just Before Election To Release BAE Docs

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday effectively rejected the U.S. Department of State’s bid to push back a deadline to cough up documents to the Associated Press regarding a contentious BAE Systems PLC settlement reached during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, noting the proximity to the upcoming election.

  • June 29, 2016

    Heart Device Maker Pays $8M To End FCA Kickback Suit

    A heart surgery device maker has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a whistleblower's False Claims Act allegations that it provided marketing support as kickbacks to doctors who charged government health programs for the devices' use, the federal government said Wednesday.

  • June 29, 2016

    Plavix FCA Suit Revived After High Court's Escobar Ruling

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday reopened a False Claims Act suit against Sanofi-Aventis US LLC and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Escobar ruling that liability under the statute can be triggered by failure to comply with regulations that aren't explicit conditions of payment.

  • June 29, 2016

    DOJ Confirms Epic Spike In FCA Penalties

    The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Wednesday that False Claims Act penalties will soon nearly double, making high-stakes FCA litigation all the more dramatic.

  • June 29, 2016

    DOD Issues Broad Range Of DFARS Tweaks

    The U.S. Department of Defense issued a range of final and proposed tweaks Wednesday to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, including liberalization of a pilot program for nontraditional purchases and a rule waiving restrictions on buying certain Ukraine-made products.

  • June 29, 2016

    11th Circ. Urged To Scrap Rinky-Dink Award In Navy Row

    A security company told the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday the subcontractor was improperly sanctioned with a measley damages award for omitting facts in litigation against a prime contractor that ousted the company from a $12 million U.S. Navy deal and stole its employees.

  • June 29, 2016

    Only 1 Logging Co. Left Standing In Oregon Timber Fight

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday rejected a bid by timber companies to make the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sell more wood from Oregon forestland, dismissing all but one of the companies for lack of standing.

  • June 29, 2016

    Raytheon Fights $64M Gov't Clawback At Fed. Claims Court

    Raytheon Co. hit the Pentagon with a U.S. Court of Federal Claims suit Tuesday, calling efforts to claw back $63.8 million from one of the contractor's business units procedurally insufficient and improperly based in part on contract documentation problems.

  • June 29, 2016

    Navy Can't Toss Contract Case After Appeal Notice Failure

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has rejected the U.S. Navy’s bid to toss a contract dispute with Access Personnel Services Inc., ruling that APS’ untimely appeal resulted from the Navy’s own failure to inform the company of its appeal rights.

  • June 29, 2016

    Furniture Cos. Lied About Small Business Status, Relator Says

    A whistleblower furniture maker moved for a partial win in its antitrust and False Claims Act lawsuit against rival companies, telling a Texas federal judge on Tuesday that the companies falsely certified to the government that they were women-owned small businesses.

  • June 29, 2016

    BAE Says Subcontractor Refusing Payout After $2.7M Loss

    A BAE unit asked a Minnesota federal judge Tuesday for a $2.7 million monetary award against a subcontractor it alleges refuses to fully pay up after the court recognized BAE was entitled to that amount based on defective pricing data the subcontractor allegedly sent the U.S. Army.

Expert Analysis

  • NY Should Unify Standards For Atty Fees Against State Agency

    Matthew T. McLaughlin

    Two bills introduced in the recently ended New York legislative session, if adopted into law, will provide government entities and Freedom of Information Law practitioners with the mooring of predictable and consistent outcomes in FOIL proceedings by changing the standard for determining attorneys’ fee awards, say Matthew McLaughlin and Benjamin Argyle of Venable LLP.

  • How To Manage Your Law School Debt After Graduation

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    Student loan debt can feel overwhelming to new lawyers, especially when just getting started post graduation. Andrew Josuweit, co-founder and CEO of Student Loan Hero Inc., reviews the loan repayment plans available and discusses the best path forward for recent grads shouldering law school debt.

  • Inside DOD's Reasonable Approach To Data Rights Rule

    W. Jay DeVecchio

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s long-awaited proposed rule — which makes significant changes to the ways contractors have conducted “data rights” business for almost 50 years — mostly turns the badly written 2012 National Defense Authorization Act's Section 815 into a workable framework. But two particularly troublesome potential pitfalls remain, say Jay DeVecchio and Locke Bell of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • What To Expect In Post-Escobar FCA Litigation

    Peter Hutt II

    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the judgments in three False Claims Act matters that were pending before it on petitions for certiorari and remanded them for further consideration in light of the new standards enunciated in Escobar. Within the next few weeks, there will be a trickle of lower court decisions applying Escobar. By the end of the year, the trickle will be a flood, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • VATEP: A Look At The DOD's New Type Of Procurement

    Sharon Larkin

    The key feature of the U.S. Department of Defense's new "Value Adjusted Total Evaluated Price" process is that offerors know the exact value the government will place on higher rated performance because the value of the trade-off is identified in advance and contained in the solicitation. VATEP falls somewhere between "lowest price technically acceptable" and traditional "best value" procurements in the source selection continuum, ... (continued)

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • In Congress: Only The Senate

    Richard Hertling

    Although the Senate has shown during the past year and a half of Republican control that it can indeed be an effective, functioning body, after several years of total dysfunction, the fight over Zika funding reveals that dysfunction is never far from the surface, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • SBA Rule Changes Benefit Contractors, But Pitfalls Remain

    Damien C. Specht

    The Small Business Administration's final rule creates new contracting opportunities for small business through greatly expanded subcontracting and joint-venturing opportunities, and provides much-needed clarity in several areas. But there are also harsh penalties for limitations on subcontracting violations, say Damien Specht and Rachael Plymale of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.