Government Contracts

  • May 26, 2020

    Man Charged With Conning NYC In $45M Face Mask Scheme

    A New Jersey used car salesman has been arrested and charged with running a $45 million scheme at the height of the fight against COVID-19, attempting to sell price-gouged N95 face masks to New York City, an order he had no way of fulfilling, prosecutors said Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • May 26, 2020

    Ex-DOD Watchdog Head Resigns After Trump Demotes Him

    The Pentagon's former top watchdog announced his resignation on Tuesday, a little more than a month after President Donald Trump demoted him from his position as acting U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They've represented consumers, companies, and government entities, taken on Goliaths in industries ranging from aerospace to health care to finance to technology to sports, and won landmark victories on behalf of clients across the country.

  • May 22, 2020

    Federal Judge Won't Revive Obama-Era Coal Lease Ban

    A Montana federal judge refused Friday to reinstitute an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing, saying the Trump administration complied with his order to prepare an environmental review supporting its decision to lift the ban.

  • May 22, 2020

    Podhurst's Inaction Costs Its Damages Bid Against Venezuela

    Podhurst Orseck PA has been dropped from its bid to collect damages in a long-standing arbitration dispute in Mississippi federal court between U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls and Venezuela's Ministry of Defense after failing to file anything in the case for at least 11 years.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law Dean Says DOJ Halting Whistleblowers Unconstitutional

    The dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law said the federal government unconstitutionally deprived a whistleblower of his property interest in his lawsuit when it successfully petitioned a Pennsylvania federal court to toss the case against a UnitedHealth Inc. unit, according to an amicus brief filed with the Third Circuit Friday.

  • May 22, 2020

    DOD Cybersecurity Rollout May Be Delayed By COVID-19

    The U.S. Department of Defense still has much to finalize within its sweeping new cybersecurity program for defense contractors, and COVID-19-related restrictions mean its timeline for rolling out the new plan may be too ambitious.

  • May 22, 2020

    Ex-GE Workers Accused Of Forgery In Angola Energy Deals

    Former General Electric employees are accused of forging and Photoshopping documents related to energy contracts in Angola and undermining a local business partner's $1.1 billion government contracts as part of a cover-up, according to a complaint filed in New York federal court.

  • May 22, 2020

    Dems' Bill Would Require Watchdog Firings To Be For Cause

    A quartet of senior Democrats introduced a bill on Friday that requires any removal of an inspector general to be for cause, a response to President Donald Trump's allegedly retaliatory firings of watchdogs investigating his administration.

  • May 22, 2020

    Austrian Manufacturer Wants Out Of Medicare Scheme Suit

    An Austrian medical device manufacturer moved Friday to escape a neurosurgical practice's proposed class action accusing several companies of marketing an electrical nerve stimulator as reimbursable under Medicare when they were aware that it was not.

  • May 22, 2020

    CFC Orders Trial On Armored Vehicle Infringement Case

    A federal judge ordered a trial on claims that the government shared a contractor's protected armored vehicle technology with other firms, saying there are uncertainties that prevent him from going with his inclination to hand the U.S. a win.

  • May 21, 2020

    DOJ Says Ex-Navy Officer Traded Secrets For Sex And Cash

    A former U.S. Navy officer in South Korea has been accused of detailing how to bypass Navy procedures to funnel business toward a Korean ship company in exchange for bribes including cash and sex workers, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • May 21, 2020

    Trump Admin. Defends Border Wall Waivers At High Court

    The federal government on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold two decisions tossing environmental groups' efforts to halt construction of the Trump administration's southern border wall in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

  • May 21, 2020

    TurboTax Users Slam Intuit's 9th Circ. Bid To Force Arbitration

    TurboTax users asked the Ninth Circuit to uphold a ruling that they weren't compelled to arbitrate allegations that they were inappropriately steered away from the free version of the software, saying they never agreed to arbitration.

  • May 21, 2020

    Cannabis Cos. In LA Get Option For Online Tax Payments

    Cannabis businesses in Los Angeles that are used to paying their city taxes in cash can now pay through online accounts, through a banking agent working with the city to help the underbanked industry during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

  • May 21, 2020

    Lawsuit Says New Calif. Water Contracts Ignored Environment

    The federal government has illegally converted short-term contracts that allow the transfer of California water to largely agricultural areas into permanent ones, environmental groups said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • May 21, 2020

    NJ Property Owners Escape Injury Suit Due To Lease With City

    A New Jersey state appeals panel on Thursday upheld a summary judgment win for two property owners in a slip-and-fall suit, saying their lease with the Borough of Caldwell required the municipality to remove snow and ice from the premises.

  • May 21, 2020

    NYC Man Hit With Fraud Charges Over $20M In Virus Loans

    Manhattan federal prosecutors brought fraud and false statements charges Thursday against a Chinese national over a purported scheme to get more than $20 million in government-backed loans earmarked for small businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • May 20, 2020

    Submarine Co. Waited Too Long To File Claims Against Navy

    A company contracted to make nuclear submarines for the U.S. Navy can't request payment for extra costs incurred as a result of new fire safety regulations because it was too late in filing its claim for a price adjustment, the Federal Circuit ruled.

  • May 20, 2020

    DOD Tech Unit Signs Cloud Cybersecurity Deal With Google

    The U.S. Department of Defense's technology outreach unit has signed a deal to use a Google cloud management system to respond to cybersecurity threats, Google announced Wednesday, as the DOD increasingly moves its information technology platforms to the cloud.

  • May 20, 2020

    House Homeland Security Chair Slams $1.3B Border Wall Deal

    The Trump administration faced more heat Wednesday for awarding a $1.3 billion contract for border wall construction to Fisher Sand & Gravel, President Donald Trump's preferred construction company that is currently under government investigation.

  • May 20, 2020

    Watchdog Probes Threatened In Face Of Firings

    President Donald Trump's recent firings of inspectors general won't directly stop any investigations by their offices, but may have a chilling effect on watchdogs' most contentious work down the line.

  • May 20, 2020

    Shell, Exxon Units Want Amici Bids Nixed In $2.7B Award Spat

    Units of ExxonMobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC are urging the Second Circuit not to allow Nigerian government entities to weigh in on their bid to enforce an annulled $2.7 billion arbitral award against Nigeria's state-owned oil company, which they won following a dispute over a deepwater drilling deal.

  • May 20, 2020

    Advocacy Groups Decry New Trump Deregulatory Move

    Environmental and other advocacy groups say more harm than good will come from President Donald Trump's executive order that instructs agencies to work faster to reduce regulations and cut more red tape to help the economy rebound.

  • May 20, 2020

    Blackwater Founder Targets Intercept With Defamation Suit

    Blackwater Founder Erik Prince has sued The Intercept for defamation over an article the publication ran alleging Prince offered military services to a Russian mercenary outfit that's under U.S. sanctions, according to documents filed Tuesday in Wyoming federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Justices' SEC Disgorgement Ruling May Shape FCPA Matters

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming opinion in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may call into question when Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements should be subject to disgorgement, say Matthew Rutter and Neal Hochberg at Charles River Associates.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • Opinion

    COVID-19 Relief Should Fund A Federal Infrastructure Bill

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    To create jobs and address the country's $4.5 trillion infrastructure backlog, the federal government should enact coronavirus relief directed at infrastructure investment, leveraged by the allocation of funds for public-private partnerships, say Andrej Micovic and Eric Singer at Bilzin Sumberg.

  • Human Rights Are Becoming A Compliance Issue

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    A recent commitment from the European Union's commissioner for justice to introduce rules for mandatory corporate human rights due diligence next year may signal the arrival of this issue as a global business imperative, making it as fundamental as anti-corruption diligence, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Lessons On Trade Secret Claims From Possessor, Not Owner

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    The Third Circuit's recent trade secrets decision in Advanced Fluid Systems v. Huber is particularly important for companies in relationships whereby vendors create, use or apply confidential information and trade secrets to develop solutions or manufacture products for other entities pursuant to a contract, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • Fewer Fed. Circ. Oral Arguments Diminish Judicial Process

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    Due to COVID-19, the frequency of oral arguments in the Federal Circuit has significantly decreased, which may affect the number and content of the court's written opinions, with a consequent loss of depth to the judicial process, say Patrick Coyne and Benjamin Saidman at Finnegan.

  • Considerations For Gov't Contractors In Bankruptcy: Part 2

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    Companies holding even one government contract may be able to use the unique rules of government contracting to their advantage when seeking bankruptcy protections, but should proceed cautiously if they plan to seek relief under the Contracts Disputes Act, say Steven Diamond and Thomas Pettit at Arnold & Porter.

  • There Is No Circuit Split Over Doctors' FCA Liability

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    Though some have read the Eleventh Circuit's decision in U.S. v. AseraCare as holding that expert medical opinions and clinical judgments cannot be false under the False Claims Act — in reality the courts are more united on this issue than commentators realize, says Matthew Gill at Porter Wright.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

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