Government Contracts

  • March 21, 2018

    Boston City Hall Trial's Start Axed Over Extortion Definition

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday canceled the scheduled start of the trial of a pair of Boston City Hall aides accused of pressuring a music festival to hire unneeded union labor as prosecutors indicated they are open to dismissing the case, as long as a judge agrees to preserve their rights to appeal his definition of extortion.

  • March 21, 2018

    GAO Rejects Challenge To AT&T's $2.6B NSA IT Services Deal

    The National Security Agency sufficiently justified its decision to pick AT&T Corp. for a $2.55 billion information technology services contract over rival Enterprise Services LLC’s significantly cheaper bid, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in decision made public Tuesday, denying ES’ protest.

  • March 21, 2018

    Gazprom Said To Eye Arbitration Over $6B Ukrainian Fine

    Russian gas giant Gazprom said Wednesday that it has launched arbitration proceedings over a more than $6 billion fine imposed by Ukraine's anti-monopoly regulator two years ago for allegedly stifling the local gas transit market, local media reported Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2018

    Suit Challenging Miami Airport Luggage-Wrap Contract Tossed

    A Florida judge on Tuesday tossed a challenge to Miami-Dade County’s decision to modify an existing contract with luggage-wrapping company SafeWrap for services at Miami International Airport without putting it out for a bid, ruling the county properly decided not to rebid the contract.

  • March 21, 2018

    Ex-Judge Found Liable In FCA Suit Over Social Security Docs

    A Kentucky federal judge on Tuesday granted whistleblowers acting on behalf of the government a partial win in a civil suit against a convicted administrative law judge, who was found guilty of conspiring with a local attorney to approve Social Security claims, regardless of the merits.

  • March 21, 2018

    FCC's O'Rielly Slams 911 Fee Diversion By RI, Other States

    FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly blasted 911 fee “diversion” in a speech in Rhode Island this week, noting that the state is the second largest in the country to do so, shifting more than half the money collected for emergency call networks into its general funds.

  • March 21, 2018

    Calif. Medical Supplier Fights DOJ’s Entry Into FCA Suit

    A California medical products supplier on Tuesday panned the federal government’s attempted insertion into a False Claims Act suit alleging it received inflated reimbursements from the state’s Medicaid program, telling a Massachusetts federal judge the Justice Department’s interest in its motion to toss the suit is too late and out of line.

  • March 21, 2018

    Prof To Pay Feds $132K To End Grant Fraud Allegations

    A University of Pittsburgh psychology professor has agreed to pay the federal government more than $132,000 to resolve allegations he lied on applications for federal research grants, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2018

    Conn. Man Must Pay $1.2M Over Stadium Fraud Scheme

    A Connecticut man has been ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution after he was slapped with six months in prison last month for his role in a scheme to overbill the city of Hartford for the construction of a new professional soccer stadium.

  • March 20, 2018

    NASA Reaches $15M Deal After Breaching Audit Contract

    NASA has reached a $15 million settlement with recovery audit contractor Horn & Associates Inc., the company announced Tuesday, after the Court of Federal Claims previously found the agency had unfairly harmed H&A’s ability to conduct audits under an audit deal and wrongly denied related recovery claims.

  • March 20, 2018

    Humana To Pay $2.5M To Resolve DOL's Pay Bias Claims

    Humana Inc. will pay $2.5 million in back wages and interest to settle the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ accusations that the insurer paid hundreds of women working at its headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, less than their male counterparts, the agency announced Monday.

  • March 20, 2018

    IBM Can't Escape Army's $5.9M Clawback Bid On IT Contract

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has refused to toss the U.S. Army’s bid to claw back $5.9 million from IBM after the technology giant allegedly failed to meet network security requirements under an information technology services contract, ruling the Army’s claims were timely and properly pled.

  • March 20, 2018

    Medicaid Rule Can't Govern Radioactive Drugs, Suit Says

    The Council on Radionuclides and Radiopharmaceuticals hit the U.S. Health and Human Services agency and its secretary with a lawsuit in D.C. federal court Monday, asking the court to find radiopharmaceutical products are not covered outpatient drugs under the agency's 2016 final Medicaid rebate program rule.

  • March 20, 2018

    Tribe Tells 9th Circ. It Has Immunity From Wash. Landslide

    The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to uphold a lower court's finding that the state of Washington can't seek indemnity from the tribe for a deadly landslide, saying the tribe didn't waive its sovereign immunity.

  • March 20, 2018

    Relator Assails Early Out For Janssen, J&J In Off-Label Row

    A former Janssen Pharmaceutica NV sales representative who claims the drugmaker overcharged the government, offered kickbacks and marketed drugs off-label on Monday asked a California federal judge to keep the suit alive, rebuffing the company's arguments that she lacked corroboration and forfeited her right to sue by changing her alias.

  • March 20, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin Adds Ex-Cadwalader White Collar Pro In DC

    Sheppard Mullin LLP has announced it has expanded its government contracts, investigations and international trade practice group with the addition of a former Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP attorney.

  • March 20, 2018

    Oshkosh Says Marines Overreached On Technical Data Rights

    Oshkosh Defense LLC has sued the federal government, accusing the U.S. Marine Corps of a scheme to take proprietary technical data related to two Oshkosh-designed tactical vehicles — designs provided to the Corps on a limited basis — for unlimited use to wrongly try to cut Oshkosh out of its exclusive right to that data.

  • March 20, 2018

    AAR Denies DynCorp Claim That Trade Secret Deal Is Far Off

    AAR Airlift Group told a Florida federal court on Monday that DynCorp’s suit accusing an AAR unit of stealing secrets to score a $10 billion U.S. Department of State counternarcotics services contract should only be reopened to enforce a settlement, contradicting DynCorp’s claim that the parties were far from reaching agreement.

  • March 20, 2018

    Walgreens Strikes $5.5M Drug Overcharge Deal With Mass. AG

    Walgreen Co. will pay $5.5 million to settle claims that the pharmacy chain routinely overcharged the Massachusetts workers' compensation insurance system for prescription drugs, the state’s attorney general revealed Tuesday.

  • March 20, 2018

    General Dynamics Offers $9.7B In Jostle For IT Contractor

    Defense giant General Dynamics on Tuesday upped its cash takeover offer for CSRA to $9.7 billion, including debt, after CACI International unveiled a competing cash-and-stock bid for the federal IT services provider earlier this week.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Interpret A Contract? Ask Those Who’d Sign It

    Omri Ben-Shahar

    Surveys are an accepted method of evaluating consumer perceptions in a wide range of cases. However, when it comes to contracts, it is often the judge or jury who must interpret the text. We suggest surveying consumers to determine which meaning of a disputed term is embraced by a clear majority, say professors at the University of Chicago and consultants at Analysis Group.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Acetris Questions Made-In-US Standard For Drugs

    Jennifer Plitsch

    If successful, Acetris' challenge in the U.S. Court of International Trade could have a meaningful impact on decisions about where to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients for the very broad range of drug products sold to the U.S. government, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • Key Statistical Issues In Eye Doc Fraud Sentencing

    Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong

    The reasonableness of an extrapolated loss calculation was a significant sentencing issue in U.S. v. Melgen last month in the Southern District of Florida. The court found flaws in both the government's and defendant’s analyses, and then calculated its own loss figures, say Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong of McDonald Hopkins LLC and Chris Haney of Forensus Group LLC.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • FCA Materiality May Return To High Court

    J. Alex Ward

    Recent cases demonstrate that, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Escobar, False Claims Act materiality questions remain and continue to be litigated. Gilead filed a petition for certiorari a few months ago, and it is a key case to watch, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Implies Narrowing Of Claims Court Jurisdiction

    Stuart Turner

    Following the Federal Circuit's decision in Cleveland Assets, any protest filed at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging violation of a statute or regulation that does not obviously qualify as a “procurement statute” may face a jurisdictional challenge, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.