Government Contracts

  • October 27, 2016

    Redflex CEO Wants Less Than 14 Months For Bribery Plot

    The former CEO of the red-light camera company tied up in a Chicago bribery scandal asked an Illinois federal judge on Thursday to sentence her to less than 14 months in prison, citing her cooperation in the case and her lack of criminal history.

  • October 27, 2016

    Orbital ATK Wins $130M NASA Contract For Imaging Satellite

    Aerospace and defense company Orbital ATK announced Thursday it was awarded a $130 million National Aeronautics and Space Administration contract to design and build a land surface mapping satellite scheduled to launch in 2020.

  • October 27, 2016

    White House Unveils Plan To Modernize Federal IT Systems

    The White House on Thursday released a proposed plan to help modernize outdated federal information technology systems, saying many federal agencies continue to rely on obsolete systems that are expensive to maintain and hard to secure against cyberattacks.

  • October 27, 2016

    Indian Infrastructure Co. Wins $270M In Maldives Airport Row

    The Maldives must pay $270 million to a subsidiary of India's GMR Infrastructure Ltd. for wrongly terminating a modernization contract for the country's main international airport, a Singapore arbitral tribunal has ruled.

  • October 27, 2016

    Ex-NJ Water Agency Contractor Dodges Prison For Tax Fraud

    A former contractor for a defunct Newark, New Jersey, water agency on Thursday dodged a prison term for not reporting income she received from the organization on a tax return after a New Jersey federal judge found that she had been manipulated by others who took advantage of her vulnerable nature.

  • October 27, 2016

    Big FCA Sampling Case Looks Like A Dud At 4th Circ.

    After a year of anticipation, the Fourth Circuit appeared unlikely Wednesday to decide whether statistical sampling can prove False Claims Act liability, an outcome that would leave district courts without eagerly awaited guidance.

  • October 27, 2016

    Northern Arapaho Want BIA To Leave Its Tribal Court Alone

    The Northern Arapaho tribe asked a Montana federal court on Wednesday to prevent the Bureau of Indian of Affairs from interfering with the operation of its tribal court.

  • October 27, 2016

    GSA Hires Former Pixar Exec To Lead Technology Service

    The U.S. General Services Administration announced Thursday that it has hired former Pixar executive Rob Cook to head its unit aimed at improving federal technology, citing his long experience in both software development and business management.

  • October 27, 2016

    Defense Co. Wants $31M Security Contract Award Upheld

    A security contractor awarded more than $31 million in an arbitration dispute with a U.S. Department of Defense food supplier has asked a Virginia federal court to uphold the arbitrator’s decision, saying that the supplier failed to pay up.

  • October 27, 2016

    Feds Can Save Much More Via Collective Buying, GAO Says

    Federal agencies cost themselves potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in savings by not pursuing strategic collective buying strategies in a more aggressive manner, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Wednesday that called for greater oversight.

  • October 26, 2016

    Fla. Court OKs County's Delegation Of Contracting Authority

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a decision declaring that the Collier County Commission's delegation of authority to make purchases and enter into contracts under a certain amount to the county manager was lawful.

  • October 26, 2016

    Chicago Says Drug Cos.' Opioids Forced Spending On Addicts

    The city of Chicago took a last stab at updating its complaint in its suit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and several other pharmaceutical companies over their alleged deceptive marketing of opioid painkillers Tuesday, adding details about the city's own fight against abuse of the addictive drugs.

  • October 26, 2016

    Swiss Release $51M In Venezuelan Oil Assets To US

    The Swiss government said it turned over $51 million in frozen assets owned by the Venezuelan state oil company to the U.S. government Wednesday as part of an ongoing probe into allegations of corruption at the South American operation.

  • October 26, 2016

    Low-Income Housing Loan Lock-In Sparks New Suit

    Companies holding U.S. Department of Agriculture loans for low- and moderate-income housing sued the government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Tuesday, alleging legislation rescinding their ability to prepay the loans, and to escape the affordable housing obligations, breached their contracts.

  • October 26, 2016

    FCC Asked To Nix NY's 'Brazen' $170M Broadband Fund Bid

    A group representing wireless internet providers has pressured the Federal Communications Commission to deny the state of New York’s "brazen" bid for $170.4 million in federal broadband development funding, arguing that to bypass a competitive bidding process for the money would be unfair to consumers in other states and would violate FCC rules.

  • October 26, 2016

    Final Award Stalled In Shipbuilder’s Venezuelan ICC Fight

    An International Chamber of Commerce arbitral tribunal has for the fourth time this year put off deciding a final award in a yearslong contract dispute between a Mississippi shipbuilder and the government of Venezuela, according to a Wednesday status report filed in federal court.

  • October 26, 2016

    Board Tosses Appeal Over VA Heart-Monitoring Contract

    The U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has denied a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contractor’s request to reconsider its decision in a $500,000 dispute over a terminated contract for heart monitoring services, saying the company presented no new evidence in its appeal.

  • October 25, 2016

    4 Admit To $5M Miami Airport Lightbulb Kickback Scheme

    Four men pled guilty Tuesday in federal court to being involved in a $5 million fraud and kickback scheme in which contracts for LED light fixtures at Miami International Airport were directed to a single company in exchange for a share in the proceeds.

  • October 25, 2016

    Too Early For Contractors To Celebrate Fair Pay Rule Win

    Government contractors scored a significant win this week when an eleventh-hour injunction blocked much of the controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule from taking effect, but the strong potential for either an appeal or an amended rule means companies need to continue planning for potential compliance, experts say.

  • October 25, 2016

    GAO Releases $73B Bomber Contract Protest Decision

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Tuesday revealed its reasoning for denying The Boeing Co.’s protest over a $72.5 billion bomber contract awarded to rival Northrop Grumman Corp., saying that the U.S. Air Force had adequately considered risks in Northrop’s bid and properly compared costs across bids.

Expert Analysis

  • FCA At The 4th Circ.: Contemplating 2 Key Issues

    Matthew M. Curley

    Questions posed by a Fourth Circuit panel in Wednesday's oral arguments for Michaels v. Agape Senior Community suggest that the most likely outcome will reflect a decision by the Fourth Circuit affirming the district court’s conclusion that the government has an unfettered statutory right to object to a settlement reached between a relator and a defendant in a declined qui tam action, says Matthew Curley of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    C. Boyden Gray

    Every day, it seemed that virtually the entire day was spent trying to shape the news. Balancing the media day-to-day with the need for strategic planning requires staff to stay in their positions rather than congregate around the ball. Yet the impulse to run to the action is as tempting in the White House as on the soccer field, says C. Boyden Gray, who served as White House counsel for President George H.W. Bush.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    Peter J. Wallison

    I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    Fred F. Fielding

    The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

  • Bridging The Gap Between Outside And Inside Counsel

    Andrew S. Chamberlin

    Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.

  • The Latest On Tort Liability In Abu Ghraib Torture Case

    Lawrence S. Ebner

    The Fourth Circuit decision last week in Al Shimari v. CACI is probably the most refined and nuanced opinion of any federal court on whether the political question doctrine bars adjudication of suits seeking to impose tort liability on civilian contractors that assist the U.S. military carry out war-zone operations, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    William E. Casselman II

    My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.

  • So You Want To Be A Partner? You Need A Mentor

    Rebecca Glatzer

    Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    John W. Dean

    I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.

  • Trial Pros’ Secret To Courtroom Success

     Jamin S. Soderstrom

    Somewhat surprisingly, very few of the dozens of "trial pros" who have been interviewed by Law360 have revealed the secret to effective trial preparation that is vital to their success. But ultimately, the “secret” to effective trial preparation is not actually a secret, says Jamin Soderstrom of Soderstrom Law PC.