Government Contracts

  • July 27, 2017

    Con Caught With 'Summer 2016 Fraud Goals' Gets 4.5 Years

    Some 19-year-olds spend their summers hitting “squad goals,” fun adventures with friends, but Phyllistone Termine planned to spend his summer 2016 ticking off a list of "fraud goals," Florida prosecutors said Thursday as the teen received a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence for a $1 million theft.

  • July 27, 2017

    Despite Setback, DHS Praised For Seeking Innovative IT Bids

    A group of eight vendors chosen for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s $1.5 billion FLASH contract, later canceled due to well-publicized mistakes in the procurement process, urged the agency Wednesday to continue with similar procurements despite those errors, saying they welcomed the attempt to be innovative.

  • July 27, 2017

    Gov’t Says No Contract Guarantee For Fed Bank Dividends

    The U.S. government urged a Federal Claims judge on Thursday to nix a banking industry group’s proposed class action claiming that Congress improperly slashed dividend payments from regional Federal Reserve Banks to large banks, contending in oral arguments that the banks haven’t demonstrated a valid contract on which they relied.

  • July 27, 2017

    Seneca Nation's Health Funding Suit Is Paused For Deal Talks

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Seneca Nation on Thursday saw a D.C. federal judge pause proceedings in the tribe’s suit seeking millions of dollars in annual federal funding for tribe-administered health programs after the parties asked for more time to finalize the settlement they’ve been working on.

  • July 27, 2017

    House Passes Defense, Energy, VA, Border Wall Funding

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed partial federal funding for next year on Thursday, although the $790 billion defense, energy and legislative funding bills faced Democratic criticism for policy riders, including $1.6 billion for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • July 27, 2017

    BioScrip Investors' Attys Win $2.7M In Fees From $11M Deal

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday granted Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP’s request for $2.7 million in attorneys’ fees from BioScrip Inc. after getting the specialty pharmacy to pay shareholders $10.9 million for allegedly lying about fraud tied to Novartis AG's iron-reducing drug Exjade.

  • July 27, 2017

    VA Choice Gets $2.1B Boost In Bipartisan Funding Deal

    Lawmakers have reached a bicameral, bipartisan deal to provide an additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice program and to allow the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to enter into more “major” medical leases, VA Secretary David Shulkin said Wednesday.

  • July 27, 2017

    Allentown Mayor, Atty Plead Not Guilty To Pay-To-Play Scheme

    The mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and a city Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA attorney both pled not guilty to federal charges alleging a pay-to-play scheme in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday and were released on $50,000 bail.

  • July 27, 2017

    CMS Extends Ban On New Ambulance Suppliers To Beat Fraud

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services added another six months to its existing ban preventing non-emergency ambulance suppliers and home health care agencies in six states from enrolling in Medicare and Medicaid as part of an ongoing effort to combat fraud, according to a Thursday notice.

  • July 27, 2017

    Rising Star: Bradley Arant's Aron Beezley

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Aron C. Beezley has racked up victories for clients in challenges to government contract awards, including Integrated Nuclear Production Solutions' successful bid protest of a $22.8 billion Department of Energy deal, landing him a spot as one of five government contracts attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 27, 2017

    Romania Looks To Close $4B Weapons Deal With US

    Romania’s defense minister said Wednesday the country plans to buy $3.9 billion worth of Patriot missiles from the United States, according to media reports.

  • July 27, 2017

    Halliburton To Pay $29.2M Over Angolan FCPA Violations

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday that Halliburton Co. will pay $29.2 million in fines and penalties to settle allegations it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when contracting with an Angolan firm as part of efforts to win contracts in the country.

  • July 26, 2017

    J&J, DePuy To Face Partly Revived FCA Suit Over Hip Device

    A First Circuit panel on Wednesday partially revived claims against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. in a False Claims Act suit filed by two whistleblower physicians over allegedly defective hip replacement devices.

  • July 26, 2017

    House Takes Up $657B DOD Bill In Gov't Funding Package

    The House of Representatives took up bills Wednesday that would fund parts of the federal government but set up battles over defense spending levels that would bust budget caps and a provision to spend more than $1 billion on a border wall.

  • July 26, 2017

    Late Is Late: Lessons From Unsuccessful Bid Protests

    A longstanding principle of bidding on federal contracts is that lateness is always a fatal flaw, regardless of the reason, but a series of recent bid protest decisions show that bidders continue to make this fundamental mistake in different ways, offering several object lessons for better ensuring timely contract proposals.

  • July 26, 2017

    Ex-NJ Water Agency Contractor Gets 18 Months For Kickbacks

    A former contractor with a defunct Newark water agency was slammed Wednesday with an 18-month prison sentence in New Jersey federal court for defrauding the organization of more than $110,000 as part of a kickback scheme for work that was never performed, authorities announced.

  • July 26, 2017

    Kickback Suit Against Fla. Anesthesiologists To Be Dropped

    The federal government on Tuesday consented to the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists' decision to drop its False Claims Act suit accusing several anesthesia providers of running a physician kickback scheme.

  • July 26, 2017

    Pharmacist Cops To $192M Tricare, Insurance Fraud

    A Mississippi pharmacist has pled guilty to taking part in a $192 million Tricare and insurance fraud by providing customers with compounded medications that weren’t needed, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    Pa. Mayors, Norris McLaughlin Atty Charged Over Pay-To-Play

    The current mayor and former mayor of Pennsylvania’s third- and fifth-largest cities, respectively, were hit Wednesday with federal charges in two separate pay-to-play schemes, alongside three others, including a member of law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA.

  • July 26, 2017

    Afghan Contractor To Take Vacated $1.07M Award To 9th Circ.

    An Afghan subcontractor informed a California federal judge Wednesday it is appealing her decision to vacate a $1.07 million arbitration award issued in a dispute stemming from U.S. government prime contracts for construction in Afghanistan, a decision the judge had made after finding the arbitrator ignored the subcontracts’ terms.

Expert Analysis

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    The benefits of appointing a chief privacy officer at your law firm are twofold — not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but you are also demonstrating to clients how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • The 9th Circ.'s Expansive Reading Of Escobar In Gilead

    Sean Hartigan

    Although each of the Ninth Circuit's determinations in U.S. v. Gilead may be appropriate given the specific facts, together they seem to establish a low bar to meet Escobar’s implied certification test, say attorneys with Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Pay-To-Play Rules Are Here To Stay

    Thomas Potter

    In recent years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has expanded the reach of rules aimed at preventing pay-to-play practices by municipal securities dealers to include investment advisers, municipal advisers and broker-dealers. With the Sixth Circuit rejecting the latest constitutional challenge in Tennessee Republican Party v. SEC, the issue has escaped judicial review for now, says Thomas Potter III of Burr & Forman LLP.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.