Government Contracts

  • January 13, 2017

    Belize Urges 11th Circ. To Toss $22M Telecom Contract Suit

    The government of Belize urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to dismiss a claim it owes a company more than $22 million for leased telecommunications equipment, saying a lower court failed to properly consider Belizean law and wrongly found that it waived sovereign immunity.

  • January 13, 2017

    $50M Contract Suit Against Dominican Republic Sent To Trial

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday denied the Dominican Republic's bid for summary judgment against two Miami-based companies accusing the country of breaching a $51.8 million irrigation contract, clearing the way for trial to start this month.

  • January 13, 2017

    Ambulance Co. Pays $12.7M In Medicare Fraud Deal

    MedStar Ambulance Inc. has agreed to pay $12.7 million and enter into a corporate integrity agreement to settle claims in Massachusetts federal court that it routinely falsely billed Medicare for services it didn't provide, the attorney for the whistleblower in the case announced on Friday.

  • January 13, 2017

    Congress Paves Way For Trump Defense Secretary Pick

    President-elect Donald Trump's pick for the U.S. Department of Defense has a clear path to his approval after a House vote on Friday that removes a block on retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis serving as the head of the Pentagon.

  • January 13, 2017

    GSA Seeks Info On How Trump Org Shakeup Affects DC Hotel

    The U.S. General Services Administration is looking into how President-elect Donald Trump's plan to hand over control of his sprawling real estate empire to his sons will impact the federally owned hotel he recently opened in Washington, D.C, a property whose lease prohibits any government official from profiting on it.

  • January 13, 2017

    Atlantic City Attys Sanctioned In Fraudulent Investment Row

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday imposed sanctions on attorneys representing Atlantic City in its $3 million breach suit against a financial firm over its handling of city loan funds, after two brothers connected to one of the firm’s subsidiaries argued they had nothing to do with the alleged wrongdoing.

  • January 13, 2017

    LexisNexis To Pay $1.2M Over Federal Gender Bias Claims

    LexisNexis Risk Solutions has agreed to pay 211 women $1.2 million in back wages to resolve U.S. Department of Labor allegations the company violated an executive order barring federal contractors from underpaying workers because of their sex, the agency announced Thursday.

  • January 13, 2017

    Prostitution Bribery Scheme Lands Navy Officer 30 Months

    A U.S. Navy lieutenant commander was sentenced to 30 months behind bars on Thursday in California federal court after admitting that he had leaked proprietary Navy information to a foreign defense contractor in exchange for prostitutes and cash.

  • January 13, 2017

    GAO Nixes Challenges To $6.8B VA Disability Exam Contracts

    The Government Accountability Office knocked down a web of bid protests challenging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' handling of medical disability examination services contracts worth up to $6.8 billion each, upholding the awards in a decision published Thursday after an earlier challenge sparked a do-over.

  • January 12, 2017

    Whistleblower's Claims Fail Under Escobar, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday shot down a whistleblower’s bid to revive his False Claims Act suit accusing a contractor of incorrectly billing the U.S. Navy for a “virtual border” project, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Escobar ruling in finding the alleged wrongdoing wasn’t material.

  • January 12, 2017

    Past Work Not Enough To Reclaim $393M Army Contract

    Being the incumbent wasn't enough for a U.S. Army contractor trying to claw back a $392.97 million logistics contract in Kuwait and Qatar after a Government Accountability Office decision, made public Wednesday, found the company properly dinged for “significant adverse performance” on that very project, including two deaths.

  • January 12, 2017

    Lighting Distributor Gets 27 Months In $5M Fraud Scheme

    A lighting distributor who copped to a role in a $5 million fraud and kickback scheme in which contracts for LED light fixtures at Miami International Airport were directed to a single company in exchange for a share in the proceeds has been sentenced to serve 27 months in prison and pay $2.4 million in restitution.

  • January 12, 2017

    Navajos Say Contractor Can't Escape Gold King Spill Suit

    The Navajo Nation shot back Wednesday at a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor’s attempt to escape a liability suit over the Gold King Mine spill, saying the contractor was directing remediation activities and conducting operations at the site when the disaster occurred.

  • January 12, 2017

    NY Atty, Drug Rehab Homes Indicted In Kickback Scheme

    A New York attorney who owns two Brooklyn drug treatment programs has been indicted on charges that he bribed the operators of drug recovery homes to make residents attend his programs and then illegally billed Medicaid for those treatments, the state attorney general announced Thursday.

  • January 12, 2017

    Senate Approves Waiver For Defense Chief Nominee Mattis

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill removing a block on nominee James Mattis serving as secretary of defense, with the former Marine Corps general winning strong support from both sides of the political aisle.

  • January 12, 2017

    Federal Acquisition Council Issues Five Final Rules

    The U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. General Services Administration and NASA on Thursday laid out a slate of finalized procurement and contracting regulations, including one that cracks down on contractors that bar their employees from blowing the whistle on waste, fraud or abuse.

  • January 12, 2017

    GAO Rejects Pricing Eval Challenge To $50B GSA IT Project

    The Government Accountability Office rejected consolidated bid protests Wednesday challenging the General Services Administration's plan to keep price a secondary consideration in filling the 60 available spots for an up-to-$50 billion IT project, finding costs needn't be a “significant” factor while rejecting the remaining arguments.

  • January 12, 2017

    Conn. Home Health Care Co. Strikes $5.25M FCA Settlement

    A Connecticut home health care agency has agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act through a series of fraudulent billings to Medicaid, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

  • January 12, 2017

    Mattis Airs Concerns About Russia In Confirmation Hearing

    Former Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis expressed concerns about an increasingly aggressive Russia at a congressional hearing Thursday, one of several key policy areas where the secretary of defense nominee is likely to be at odds with President-elect Donald Trump.

  • January 12, 2017

    Mich. Tribe, Blue Cross Settle ERISA Suit

    A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' allegations that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan disregarded the Employee Retirement Income Security Act while administering an employee health benefit plan, after the parties said they settled the matter.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Health Care Enforcement Review And 2017 Outlook: Part 1

    Joanne Hawana

    Over the past year, clear trends have emerged in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s enforcement activities. In part one of this four-part series, attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC examine key 2016 government policies, regulations and enforcement actions in this area, and the likely impact of these trends on enforcement in 2017.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • How NDAA For 2017 Changes DOD Contracting

    David R. Johnson

    In addition to creating new rules in four areas of interest to federal contractors, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 foreshadows potential future reforms, say attorneys with Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • New Water Act Is A 'WIIN' For Infrastructure

    Paul J. Epstein

    Last month, in a strong display of bipartisanship in an otherwise tense post-election political climate, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. The law includes certain provisions that may be of particular interest to private sector entities pursuing investments in the water sector, including investments through public-private partnerships, says Paul Epstein of Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • The Sky's The Limit For Public-Private Aerial Transit

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    Aerial tramways have been used in a number of U.S. cities for public transport in recent years. Now, aerial gondola lifts are being considered for moving commuters and tourists in New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago and elsewhere, and the public-private partnership model is emerging as a favored way of delivering and maintaining these green and cost-efficient systems, says Frank Rapoport of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Gov't Contractors And The Inter Partes Review Time-Bar

    Lionel M. Lavenue

    In the surprising AM General v. UUSI institution decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board held that the one-year time bar for inter partes review should not apply to a third-party defendant — a government contractor — at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, say Lionel Lavenue and David Seastrunk of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • Key Goals For The Next Secretary Of Transportation

    Kathryn Thomson

    President-elect Trump has stated his intent to nominate Elaine Chao as his secretary of transportation. Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and a consummate Washington insider. To achieve success, she must be a visionary, creative and aggressive leader who will work with a diverse group of stakeholders and hold Congress accountable in key areas, says Kathryn Thomson of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Time To Reopen Some DOJ Antitrust Field Offices

    Robert E. Connolly

    President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to spend up to $1 trillion upgrading America’s infrastructure. To help ensure that money is spent free from corruption, the incoming administration should reopen at least two of the four Antitrust Division field offices that were shuttered in January 2013, says Robert Connolly of GeyerGorey LLP.