A former employee of Ascentia Home Health Care LLC has hit the Florida-based health care provider with a suit alleging it falsely cashed in on Medicare reimbursements for unnecessary or nonexistent services and provided kickbacks to physicians for referrals.
A Bausch & Lomb Inc. affiliate will cough up $33.5 million as part of an agreement copping to federal charges that it promoted an anti-inflammatory eye-treatment drug for unapproved new uses that were billed to federal health programs, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
The estimated cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter dropped for the first time after a 12-year streak of cost increases, and a Thursday report from the Pentagon now expects its most expensive weapons program to cost $391.3 billion, a $4.5 billion drop from last year's estimate.
Many savvy law firms boast their expertise in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, but an elite group of 10 firms have emerged as true leaders in the fast-growing field, earning them a spot on Law360’s inaugural list of FCPA Powerhouses.
The Louisiana Attorney General's Office said Friday it has impaneled a state grand jury to investigate possible criminal activity involving a $197 million Medicaid contract that Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration awarded to information technology and outsourcing provider Client Network Services Inc.
The General Services Administration awarded a governmentwide contract Wednesday for discounted wireless services and mobile devices, which, according to the agency, will save $300 million over five years.
A Tennessee federal judge Thursday denied an ex-Smith & Nephew Inc. executive's bid to sanction the medical device maker for failing to produce data in a False Claims Act suit alleging it misrepresented the country of origin of products sold to the government, finding the information sought isn't available.
The U.S. Department of Defense needs to do a better job of keeping track of all of its contractors and what they do, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Thursday that recommends that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel himself get involved in the effort.
A Virginia judge dismissed a putative class action accusing government staffing contractor SOS International Ltd. of improperly using credit reports to screen job candidates on Thursday, saying the plaintiff was not actually denied employment on the basis of a negative report.
Information technology company Satory Global LLC must face allegations it billed the U.S. Department of Justice for work it did on its own behalf and wrongly fired a pair of whistleblowers, a Washington federal judge ruled Thursday.
The Defense Department's annual acquisition reports, released Thursday, showed no major cost spikes for large weapons procurements for the first time in more than a decade, and DOD officials attributed the change to smarter acquisition practices.
A former employee of a Florida aerospace agency pled guilty Thursday to his role in a $31 million kickback scheme that defrauded NASA, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security by securing contracts reserved for minority small business owners.
A former civil engineer at Sheppard Air Force Base and two government contractors, who pled guilty last year to their roles in a bribery conspiracy to unlawfully disclose and obtain sensitive government contact information, were given prison sentences Thursday in Texas federal court.
President Barack Obama has asked Congress to authorize the secretary of the Navy to receive payment in-kind for the settlement of a decadeslong legal fight with Boeing Co. and General Dynamics Corp. over a $4.8 billion aircraft contract.
The states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont on Wednesday urged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to expand its court-ordered review of radioactive waste storage at nuclear power plants, including exploring the option of halting nuclear plant operations until the NRC devises an acceptable and permanent storage solution.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction struck back Wednesday against the Afghan Ministry of Finance's criticism of its report on improper taxes levied against U.S. contractors, saying the ministry was wrong to try to paint the report as the grumblings of tax scofflaws.
President Barack Obama said Thursday that his administration is making efforts to narrow the scope of the war against al-Qaida by limiting the targeted drone strikes that have killed four Americans, closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay and reining in the legal authority for the 12-year war on terrorist groups.
The Hertz Corp., Avis Budget Car Rental LLC and two other rental car companies urged an Illinois judge on Wednesday to halt a Chicago airport's “do-or-die" public bid process, slated to go live Friday, alleging that the city has unlawfully changed lease practices to pay for a modernization project whose costs could exceed $800 million.
A former Goldman Sachs & Co. investment banker has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle claims that his work on the gubernatorial campaign of a Massachusetts state treasurer scored the firm lucrative municipal underwriting business, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.
Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. is weighing litigation against certain former shareholders of its majority-owned Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., saying Wednesday that it believed the shareholders had covered up critical information over tainted drug investigations leading to a recent $500 million U.S. civil and criminal settlement.
Federal workplace agencies are taking a number of steps in response to the recent sequestration budget cuts, and employers who are parties to agency charges, lawsuits or other administrative proceedings before these agencies should expect effects such as delays in processing and investigation of complaints and petitions, says Seth Neulight of Nixon Peabody LLP.
If you submit a proposal on time but the government rejects it as late, take your protest to the Court of Federal Claims. That’s the lesson of a run of recent COFC decisions, capped by Insight Systems Corp. v. United States, say attorneys with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.
Recent legislative developments and shifting enforcement priorities have caused the risks posed by the False Claims Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to spiral to astronomical levels. The interplay between these trends and increased reliance on administrative exclusion is potentially devastating to government contractors, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.
Federal contractors face significant cost increases and compliance requirements as a result of the health insurance reforms in the Affordable Care Act. To minimize costs and compliance risks in the future, companies should take a number of steps in the coming months, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
While the U.S. Department of Defense's new “proposal adequacy checklist" very well may prove to aid defense contractors in preparing more thorough, accurate and complete proposals, the checklist also provides another opportunity for mistakes in a proposal, says Ryan Bradel of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
The pros of using predictive coding far outweigh the cons. Given the heavy pressure on law firms and in-house counsel to reduce discovery costs, as well as the Justice Department's recent stance on the subject, it appears predictive coding will continue to emerge from the obscure world of legal technology to the mainstream of legal practice, say Michael Moscato and Myles Bartley of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.
The Sixth Circuit recently reversed an $11.1 million False Claims Act judgment in U.S. v. MedQuest Associates. The court's refusal to impose the FCA’s “extraordinary penalties” on violations of technical and local Medicare program requirements represents significant precedent for health care providers facing an FCA suit, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
As the federal government faces increased pressure from courts and Congress to speed up intervention decisions in qui tam False Claims Act cases, it is starting to respond by postponing those decisions until after the cases have been unsealed, which could drastically impact how these cases are litigated while the government is waiting in the wings, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP.
Following the recent ruling in Cyberlock Consulting Inc. v. Info. Experts Inc. that nonspecific teaming agreements are unenforceable, government contractors that work together to secure a contract award should make the terms of their agreements as definitive as possible, say attorneys with Venable LLP.
In its ongoing series of studies and audits, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General recently released its report on Medicare hospice and general inpatient care. While the report clearly shows the OIG's concern for the substantial percentage of hospices not providing GIP, it also leaves several questions unanswered, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.