Government Contracts

  • February 23, 2018

    Arbitrators Reject $460M Jordan Water Pipeline Row

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration on Thursday rejected Disi Water Co.'s $460 million claim against the nation of Jordan over a deal to construct a massive pipeline to move water to the country's parched capital, instead awarding Jordan damages and legal fees, a government official said.

  • February 23, 2018

    Wilson Sonsini Adds Ex-Skadden National Security Pro In DC

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC on Thursday announced it has brought aboard a former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP associate for the firm's national security regulatory practice in Washington, D.C.

  • February 22, 2018

    Senate Budget Chief Urges DOD To Show Audit Progress

    Congress could hold back on proposed growth in the U.S Department of Defense’s budget if it doesn’t assure lawmakers and the public that it is spending money wisely, including by demonstrating its progress on a pending department-wide audit, a senior GOP senator said Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Judge Mulls Tossing Extortion Counts Against Ex-Cuomo Aide

    The Manhattan federal judge overseeing Joe Percoco's criminal corruption trial strongly hinted Thursday that she is considering dismissing extortion counts against the former “right-hand man” to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused along with three businessmen in two bribery schemes.

  • February 22, 2018

    Insurers Fire Back At Bank's Bid For 6th Circ. Revival

    Eight insurers have told the Sixth Circuit that not only did they rightfully refuse to pay $75 million toward a $212 million settlement First Horizon National Corp. reached with regulators, but that the appeals court should revive their bad faith and breach of settlement claims against the bank.

  • February 22, 2018

    4th Circ. Resurrects Medical Device Co. Investor Suit

    A split Fourth Circuit panel on Thursday revived a stock fraud suit stemming from accusations that the maker of a spinal surgery system encouraged surgeons using its system to seek fraudulent reimbursement from insurers, finding in part that the company’s alleged failure to disclose the purported scheme counted as an actionable omission.

  • February 22, 2018

    Djibouti Hit With New Arbitration Over Nixed Port Deal

    Major port terminal operator DP World said Thursday it's initiated a new arbitration proceeding against Djibouti after the East African nation seized control of Doraleh Container Terminal, a deep sea port that DP World had operated for more than a decade under a concession agreement with that country.

  • February 22, 2018

    GAO Waves Off Air Force Contractor's Bad Financial Report

    The allegation that the U.S. Air Force ignored a contractor's adverse financial rating does not involve the sort of corporate responsibility issue that merits review, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recently said in denying a protest over a $105.6 million cyber defense deal.

  • February 22, 2018

    DOJ Health Fraud Vet Joins Crowell & Moring

    A seasoned U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor specializing in health care fraud has joined Crowell & Moring LLP as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Thursday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Miami Medicare Conspirator Gets 5 Years For $63M Scheme

    A Florida resident has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $9.9 million in restitution for his role in a $63 million health care fraud scheme in which he received kickbacks for referring Medicare patients to a community mental health center, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Ex-Nassau County Official Charged With Lying, Obstruction

    A former New York assemblyman and deputy executive in Nassau County stands accused of trying to stymie an investigation into cash he got from a county contractor, New York federal prosecutors announced as charges were unsealed on Thursday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Crowell & Moring Adds Ex-DOJ Gov’t Contracts Trial Atty

    A former Covington & Burling LLP and U.S. Department of Justice attorney, who has successfully defended a $1 billion contract on behalf of PAE Government Services Inc. before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, has joined Crowell & Moring LLP’s government contracts group.

  • February 22, 2018

    Horizon Pharma Fired Aegerion's FCA Whistleblower: Suit

    Horizon Pharma PLC fired a senior director after learning that she blew the whistle on off-label drug promotion while employed at Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc., according to a complaint filed Wednesday in California federal court.

  • February 22, 2018

    CACI Still Faces Torture Claims By Abu Ghraib Prisoners

    Several former prisoners of Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison failed to plausibly support direct liability claims against a CACI International unit over its employees’ alleged torture and abuse of detainees, but a Virginia federal judge did back their conspiracy and aiding and abetting claims in ruling not to dismiss the suit.

  • February 22, 2018

    GAO Sustains Protest Of $771M IT Solutions Contract

    The Defense Intelligence Agency did not provide enough reasoning not to award an information technology contract worth more than $770 million to ManTech Advanced Systems despite giving the proposal a higher technical rating than the winner's, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said on Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Menendez-Connected Eye Doc Gets 17 Years For $42.6M Fraud

    Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who gained notoriety as a co-defendant with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez in an unsuccessful bribery case, was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison and ordered to repay nearly $42.6 million on a conviction of massively overbilling Medicare.

  • February 21, 2018

    Guidelines Set At 20-24 Years For Eye Doc's Fraud Sentencing

    Ahead of the sentencing hearing Thursday for politically connected Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, who was convicted of overbilling Medicare by $32 million, a federal judge calculated advisory guidelines for his punishment should be about 20 to 24 years in prison rather than the 30 years sought by prosecutors.

  • February 21, 2018

    Houston Pharmacy Owners Deny $23M Health Fraud

    The Houston owners of Piney Point Pharmacy pled not guilty Wednesday to federal charges of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with orchestrating an alleged $23 million health care scheme.

  • February 21, 2018

    Meet The Forthright Judge Who Crushed A $350M FCA Verdict

    When a Florida federal judge nuked a $350 million False Claims Act verdict last month, the eye-popping reversal was announced in an opinion teeming with bare-knuckle prose — the sort of ruthless writing that has made the judge a local legal legend.

  • February 21, 2018

    3rd Circ. Ruling Can't Doom Venezuela Case, Oil Giant Says

    ConocoPhillips Co. and subsidiaries of Venezuela's national oil company clashed on Tuesday over the effect of a recent Third Circuit ruling preventing the Delaware subsidiary of Venezuela's national oil company from being sued to collect a $1.39 billion arbitral award, with the parties at odds over whether the decision means their dispute over the country’s seizure of oil project assets must be dismissed or simply restarted. 

Expert Analysis

  • Nontraditional Health Care Programs Under The Microscope

    Paul Cirel

    Sponsored health care programs have expanded the scope of available services to include "providers" who do not offer direct medical care, but who facilitate or coordinate the provision of services by physicians and other more traditional caregivers. Difficulties in determining how to monitor these newer provider types may have kept them off the government's fraud and abuse radar for a while, but not anymore, says Paul Cirel of Todd & Weld LLP.

  • A New Weapon To Help FDA Control Enforcement Priorities

    Peter Leininger

    Last month, an internal U.S. Department of Justice memorandum surfaced suggesting that the DOJ may increase its efforts to dismiss meritless qui tams. No agency would welcome this more than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has struggled to deal with endless False Claims Act investigations, says Peter Leininger of King & Spalding LLP.

  • 10 Government Contracting Trends To Watch This Year

    Joseph Berger

    Recent developments point to continued high total spending on government contracts, which will improve national defense, disaster relief and domestic infrastructure, presenting opportunities and challenges for both agencies and contractors, says Joseph Berger of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • 3 Mass. Proposals Signal A New Wave Of Offshore Wind

    Tommy Beaudreau

    After the recent submission of three bids in response to Massachusetts electric distribution companies' request for proposals for offshore wind energy projects, the stage is set for 2018 to be a breakthrough year in U.S. offshore wind development, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • High Court May Consider Ending Hypothetical Jurisdiction

    William Adams

    A little-discussed petition for certiorari — Vitol v. Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico — presents the important question of whether a lower federal court may resolve a case on the merits without determining whether Congress has granted it jurisdiction to do so. This implicates weighty issues concerning separation of powers, federalism and preclusion, say William Adams and Owen Roberts of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • Emerging Trends In FCA Enforcement: 2018 Outlook

    Vince Farhat

    Two new policies from the U.S. Department of Justice, along with ongoing developments concerning the elements of scienter and materiality stemming from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Escobar, have the potential to significantly change the landscape of False Claims Act enforcement in the year ahead, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.