A New Jersey construction company filed suit last week in New Jersey state court against a borough that allegedly refused to pay for a completed project and a union that allegedly defamed and interfered with the business, saying both forced the company to shut down.
A former executive of a French power and engineering company — reportedly Alstom SA — has been charged for his role in a scheme to bribe Indonesian officials in order to win a lucrative power services-related contract, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The information technology firm InfoReliance Corp. asked a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge Monday to halt a $960 million U.S. Air Force IT contract it lost to other offerors, saying the government is penalizing its small business past.
The U.S. Department of Justice hit Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. on Friday with allegations in New York federal court that the company defrauded federal health care programs by paying kickbacks to doctors, days after the DOJ sued Novartis over another alleged kickback scheme involving pharmacies.
A Virginia federal grand jury Thursday indicted a former U.S. Department of State contract specialist and her husband on charges alleging the couple ran a secret scheme to steer more than $60 million in government contracts to a company they controlled.
The United States filed a False Claims Act complaint Wednesday against former cycling champion Lance Armstrong, making good on the government's February announcement that it would intervene in the whistleblower suit brought in 2010 by Armstrong's former teammate, Floyd Landis.
Blocked funding for delay-ridden public solar projects in New Jersey covering three counties and 76 facilities seemed even less available Tuesday after a judge temporarily stayed an earlier win for county agencies and SunLight General Capital companies that cleared $50 million in liens against the money.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday hit Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. with a False Claims Act suit in New York federal court alleging the company defrauded Medicare and Medicaid through a kickback scheme with Walgreen Co. and other pharmacies that boosted sales of kidney transplant drug Myfortic.
The National Guard was hit with an amended bid protest Wednesday accusing it of unfairly excluding Optimization Consulting Inc. from a $200 million psychological health services contract after miscalculating its proposed prices.
The creditors for a placement agent accused of defrauding Apollo Global Management LLC out of at least $14 million sued Apollo in federal bankruptcy court Tuesday, accusing it of conducting an illicit pay-to-play scheme with the California Public Employees Retirement System.
The U.S. on Monday waded into a Virginia manufacturer’s False Claims Act suit against Capitol Supply Inc., accusing the vendor in Washington federal court of selling paper shredders to the federal government purportedly made in the U.S. that were actually manufactured in China.
A pair of doctors hit the U.S. Department of Defense with a proposed class action in Washington federal court on Friday, accusing the agency of failing to implement a mandated 2010 Tricare reimbursement increase, stiffing thousands of doctors on Tricare payments.
Private equity-controlled scooter and wheelchair seller The Scooter Store Holdings Inc. entered Chapter 11 protection Monday following civil and criminal investigations into its Medicare billing practices, seeking to sell itself as going concern in about three months.
A former vendor for the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office has filed suit in Pennsylvania state court alleging that its contract was improperly terminated in 2011 in the wake of a scathing report by the city controller indicating that Philadelphia was overcharged for work provided under questionable contracts.
A Virginia attorney pled guilty Friday in Maryland federal court to aiding a fraud that caused $100 million in losses to the Small Business Administration’s loan guarantee program.
KBR Inc., the former Halliburton subsidiary that was the U.S. Department of Defense’s go-to contractor for logistics support during the Iraq War, sued the Pentagon on Thursday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, protesting its plan to close out its massive Iraq contract with a fixed-price $500 million deal.
Golden First Mortgage Corp. and its president were hit Thursday with a False Claims Act suit by the federal government alleging the company cheated the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by approving loans that should never have been federally insured.
Magellan Health Services Inc. on Wednesday filed a protest with the Arizona government after the state awarded to a rival a behavioral health services contract worth at least $2.1 billion, arguing the winning bidder had misused Magellan's proprietary information and wasn't legally eligible for the contract.
A group of hospitals hit the U.S. Department of Defense with a proposed class action in Washington federal court Monday, accusing the agency of failing to properly follow reimbursement agreements after previously wrongly capping payments on outpatient treatments for Tricare beneficiaries.
Two western Pennsylvania hospitals filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Friday, alleging they’d been shorted more than $1.8 million in Medicare reimbursements after the government failed to accurately calculate the number of low-income patients they treated.
Although the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis are occasionally conflated, they have distinct effects on government operations and on parties interacting and transacting with the government, says Boris Bershteyn, of counsel with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and former general counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
The financial and legal risks of offset commitments for the increasing number of U.S. defense contractors exploring international markets may not have received much visibility to date, but with traditional markets shrinking and defense spending on the rise in several regions of the world where security threats are increasing, it is certain that the ability of U.S. companies to satisfy offset obligations will no longer be “below the radar,” says Robert Metzger of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell PC.
Even with renewed scrutiny on the security-clearance process and hiring practices of federal contractors following the Navy Yard shooting and the Edward Snowden leaks, contractors that not only meet their legally imposed duties in connection with security clearances but also implement additional safeguards can greatly reduce their potential liability, as well as improve national security, say attorneys with Fluet Huber & Hoang PLLC.
As the end of the government fiscal year looms, a frenzy of contract awards generally follows, accompanied by an uptick in the number of bid protests filed at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims. During protest season, there are some best practices to keep in mind, say Rick Vacura and Tina Reynolds of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Government contractors must be cognizant of the issues posed by a recent Defense Contract Audit Agency memo to assess whether the DCAA is legitimately seeking objective facts or inappropriate subjective views, and to determine appropriate means for communicating and responding to these types of DCAA inquiries, say Dave Nadler and David Yang of Dickstein Shapiro LLP.
The government's recent settlements, one with Imagimed LLC and another with several Florida-based radiation oncology providers, serve as useful reminders that physician supervision requirements are and will continue to be enforced — and violating the False Claims Act can result in treble damages and per-claim assessments, say Allyson Aldous and Robert Ramsey of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
I fear we are losing sight of the idea that we can craft a proportionate response to misconduct and do not always need to exclude a contractor to be effective, says David Robbins, assistant deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of the Air Force.
Now, even if a company pays millions or even billions of dollars to secure a resolution and bring closure to a costly multiyear U.S. Department of Justice investigation, it may nevertheless find itself in a long-term relationship with the DOJ that includes ongoing oversight and the risk of additional penalties. That is the new reality facing life sciences companies grappling with whistleblower-initiated government investigations, say Joshua Levy and Sean Seelinger of Ropes & Gray LLP.
A recent survey of more than 1,000 chief legal officers found that 87 percent of in-house counsel indicated ethics and compliance as one of the leading issues keeping them up at night. Government and regulatory changes followed as a top concern now and in the year ahead. This is not because companies intend on breaking laws — but because the laws vary, make compliance a challenge, says James Merklinger, vice president and general counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Although the U.S. General Services Administration has painted a rosy picture of the reverse auction platform and expounded upon its multiple benefits, both the government and contractors should be aware of some of its potential obstacles as they navigate this new federal procurement mechanism, say Lorraine Campos and Leslie Monahan of Reed Smith LLP.