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Government Contracts

  • August 15, 2018

    Lockheed Wins $3B Air Force Satellite Prototyping Deal

    The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a deal worth up to $2.93 billion to help develop new missile warning satellites, the second major Air Force contract awarded to the defense giant this week under recently granted rapid protoyping authority.

  • August 15, 2018

    Kaspersky Presses DC Circ. To Overturn Gov't Software Ban

    Kaspersky Labs Inc. continued to urge the D.C. Circuit to reverse a bar on federal agencies using its software, reiterating its claim that the ban is an unconstitutional "bill of attainder" that illegally punishes the Russian company and hurts its ability to do business.

  • August 15, 2018

    House Dems Lose Bid For GSA Trump Hotel Docs

    A D.C. federal judge dismissed a suit brought by members of the House Oversight Committee against the U.S. General Services Administration over withholding documents related to the Trump Organization’s contentious hotel lease for the Old Post Office building in Washington, D.C.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-Contractor Says 63 Months Appropriate For Classified Leak

    A former government contractor who pled guilty to leaking national defense information to an online media outlet told a Georgia federal court Wednesday that the five years and three months she agreed to serve is an appropriate punishment for her misdeeds, but not more than necessary.

  • August 15, 2018

    Pratt & Whitney Hit With Defective Military Engine FCA Suit

    Pratt & Whitney and its parent United Technologies Corp. sold the U.S. military tens of millions of dollars in defective fighter jet engines, unnecessarily exposing military pilots to the risk of catastrophic engine failures, according to a whistleblower False Claims Act complaint unsealed Wednesday in Connecticut federal court.

  • August 15, 2018

    Nashville Can't Nix Security Cos.' Antitrust Case Against PD

    A Tennessee federal judge on Tuesday denied the Nashville city government's bid to toss a suit alleging its police department anti-competitively squeezes out private security firms by undercutting prices and requiring private events to hire officers, rejecting the municipality's arguments that it's immune from antitrust claims.

  • August 15, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Tribe's VA Reimbursements Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's dismissal of a suit brought by the Gila River Indian Community pushing for reimbursements from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for health care it provided for veterans, agreeing that the law blocked the court's jurisdiction.

  • August 15, 2018

    Pa. Hospital Chain To Pay $13M To Settle Kickback FCA Suit

    Long-term care and rehabilitation hospital operator Post Acute Medical LLC will pay a little more than $13 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act and similar state laws by submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid that stemmed from a doctor kickback scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 14, 2018

    DOD Urged To Improve On Cyber, Supply Chain Threats

    While federal defense and intelligence agencies are aware of cyber and supply chain threats, a broad, coordinated approach to those issues is lacking, with changes to defense acquisitions one potential part of helping to address the problem, research firm MITRE Corp. said in a report for the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • August 14, 2018

    FCC To Probe If Mobile Priority Raises Open Internet Snags

    The Federal Communications Commission is inviting stakeholders to probe whether a framework that offers priority mobile service to public safety users raises concerns under the Communications Act and the agency’s new “open internet” regime that replaced stricter net neutrality rules.

  • August 14, 2018

    NJ Gov. Signs Bill Encouraging Public-Private Partnerships

    New Jersey expanded its public-private partnership capabilities beyond the education sector Tuesday, as Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that allows any government entity within the Garden State to team up with private companies on projects that will benefit the public.

  • August 14, 2018

    Speaker Program Payments Weren't Kickbacks, Teva Says

    A pair of False Claims Act whistleblowers accusing Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. of using speaker events to bribe doctors to prescribe two of its drugs haven't actually shown that Teva's programs involved any illegal activity, the drug company has told a New York federal court.

  • August 14, 2018

    Drug Kickback Suit Against Eli Lilly Dismissed For Now

    A Texas federal judge gave Eli Lilly and Co. and four health care companies a reprieve from a whistleblower lawsuit alleging they conspired to offer kickbacks to boost prescriptions of insulin and osteoporosis drugs, finding that a health care research organization's allegations were too vague but leaving the door open for the group to try again.

  • August 14, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin Nabs Fried Frank Int'l Arbitration Pro In DC

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP said Monday that it has added a former Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP attorney in Washington, D.C., bolstering its offerings in the international arbitration arena with his focus on representing clients in industries such as aerospace, government contracts, telecommunications, and oil and gas.

  • August 14, 2018

    1 NASA Small-Biz Contract, 1 Giant Leap For Plantkind

    Nanotechnology development company UbiQD Inc. said that it has nabbed a NASA contract that will help fund its work on a nanoparticle film intended to bolster crop growth and production during in-space missions and planetary explorations.

  • August 13, 2018

    David Boies On How Dyslexia Shaped His Practice

    One of the country’s highest-profile litigators, the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP chairman was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 30s. In an interview with Law360, he talks about practicing law with the learning disability. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 13, 2018

    Relator Dismissed From GE Healthcare False Claims Act Suit

    A Florida federal judge decided it was the “end of the line” Monday for a former GE Healthcare employee in his False Claims Act suit claiming the company used false records to sell improperly made drugs, refusing to extend the deadline to find a new attorney but leaving the door open for government-led claims.

  • August 13, 2018

    BigLaw’s Mental Health Stigma Shows Signs Of Fading

    Sometimes viewed as an “invisible” disability, mental illness has long been forced under wraps because of the risk attorneys could face bias and stigma. Here’s how lawyers, law firms and other groups are starting to take on the status quo. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 13, 2018

    OIG Says Gov't Landlord Not Properly Tracking Unused Space

    The U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service does not properly report all unused building space that it leases and therefore has not taken effective steps to either reuse or rid itself of that leased space, a GSA watchdog said.

Expert Analysis

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • DOJ Focuses FCA Priorities On Small Business Contracts

    Cormac Connor

    False Claims Act investigations related to small business certifications are nothing new. However, the U.S. Department of Justice under the current administration has prioritized Small Business Administration-related FCA investigations, say attorneys with Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Top 5 NDAA Provisions On Energy And The Environment

    Rachel Jacobson

    On Monday, President Donald Trump will sign the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Buried deep within these acts are often-overlooked provisions that have a major impact on energy, environment and natural resources policy, say Rachel Jacobson and Matthew Ferraro of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • How Businesses In Mexico Can Prepare For The AMLO Era

    Jonathan Adams

    On July 1, Mexicans elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador — known as AMLO — as their next president, in response to his campaign promising to clean up corruption and help the disadvantaged. Now, businesses should review their activities for anything that could create the appearance of corruption, and evaluate their social responsibility profiles, says Jonathan Adams of Baker McKenzie.