Government Contracts

  • August 22, 2017

    US Bioservices To Settle Kickback Claims For $13.4M

    US Bioservices will pay $13.4 million to settle government claims that it violated the False Claims Act by encouraging patients to unnecessarily refill prescriptions of the iron chelation drug Exjade in exchange for kickbacks in the form of referrals from the drug’s maker Novartis, according to filings in New York federal court Tuesday.

  • August 22, 2017

    'Open Season' For FCA Plaintiffs In 9th Circ., Gilead Says

    A recent Ninth Circuit ruling badly misinterpreted the U.S. Supreme Court’s Escobar decision and effectively declared “open season” for False Claims Act whistleblowers to target minor regulatory violations, Gilead Sciences Inc. told the Ninth Circuit on Monday.

  • August 22, 2017

    LA Landfill’s $3.5M Pollution Deal Is Full Of Holes, Court Says

    A California judge on Tuesday pumped the brakes on landfill operator Browning-Ferris Industries’ $3.5 million deal to resolve putative class claims from Los Angeles residents calling one of the company's dumps a nuisance, saying his concerns include a “tedious and complicated” claim form likely to discourage claimants.

  • August 22, 2017

    Fla. Doc Convicted Of Fraud Gets 1 Year And $3M In Fines

    A Florida doctor convicted last year on 162 counts of health care fraud was sentenced Tuesday to one year and a day in prison and ordered to pay more than $3 million in fines, restitution and forfeiture.

  • August 22, 2017

    USDA Biologist Says He Was Discriminated Against As A Man

    A U.S. Forest Service biologist was illegally blocked from participating in networking activities such as events dubbed “Fabric Fridays” and “Running Revolution” because the activities were limited to only women, according to a discrimination suit he filed in Pennsylvania federal court Monday.

  • August 22, 2017

    Air Force Chooses Boeing, Northrop For $678M ICBM Deals

    The U.S. Air Force announced Monday it had awarded technology development deals worth nearly $678 million for its next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile to a Northrop Grumman Corp. unit and the Boeing Co., allowing them to compete for a lucrative final deal expected to be awarded in 2020.

  • August 22, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Says Medicare Settlement Case Correctly Moved

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday ruled a California federal court had correctly transferred claims involving the alleged breach of Medicare appeal settlement agreements to the Court of Federal Claims, saying the contract dispute didn’t fall under the Medicare Act.

  • August 22, 2017

    Feds Net $12M From Eye Surgery Co. In FCA Kickbacks Deal

    An eye surgery provider has agreed to pay out $12 million to the federal government to settle a False Claims Act suit over an alleged kickback scheme for federally reimbursed sales of surgical supplies and services, Minnesota’s acting U.S. attorney said Monday.

  • August 22, 2017

    UK Court Clears Sale Of Citgo Parent's Oil In Transport Row

    A U.K. Commercial Court judge has ordered the sale of about 50,000 metric tons of crude oil owned by Citgo Petroleum Corp.’s Venezuelan state-run parent company after the oil giant allegedly failed to pay $7.7 million in shipping fees to a Russian tanker.

  • August 22, 2017

    Mining Cos. Slam Soros' Bid To Toss Suit Before NY Court

    A group of mining companies associated with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz have urged a New York federal court not to toss their suit accusing billionaire George Soros of inducing Guinea to ax their iron mining rights, saying Soros’ dismissal bid improperly relies on documents from related arbitration.

  • August 22, 2017

    Ex-City Manager In Texas Gets Prison For Bribery Scheme

    The former city manager of Eagle Pass, Texas, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for lying to federal agents who were investigating his role in a $24,000 “pay-to-play” scheme involving the Maverick County landfill, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday.

  • August 21, 2017

    4th Circ. Ends Circuit Split On Substitute Asset Freezes

    The Fourth Circuit was the only circuit that let prosecutors freeze a defendant's innocently earned assets ahead of trial, but it has ruled to end that split after recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings convinced the government there's no legal basis for the practice.

  • August 21, 2017

    11th Circ. Says Medicare Advantage Fight Not Ready For Court

    Hospitals must exhaust their administrative remedies before suing to recover Medicare Advantage reimbursements allegedly improperly recouped by insurers managing Advantage plans, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday in a dispute between 11 hospitals and a UnitedHealthcare unit.

  • August 21, 2017

    Why Midsize Firms Run The Gamut On Diversity

    Midsize firms on average are the least racially and ethnically diverse, but the level of diversity also varies widely among firms in this group, according to the latest Diversity Snapshot. Here’s a look at how a few of these firms are faring.

  • August 21, 2017

    Law Firms Head Back To School For Diversity Guidance

    A handful of law firms have agreed to put themselves under the lens of academia in an effort to root out structural inequalities and implicit bias. Here’s a look at what they’re finding.

  • August 21, 2017

    CliniComp Sues Gov't Over Cerner's VA Contract

    CliniComp International Inc., which provides electronic health record systems for U.S. Department of Defense health care facilities, filed a bid protest in the Court of Federal Claims on Friday, saying the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs improperly awarded a contract to Cerner Corp. in June without a competitive bidding process.

  • August 21, 2017

    GCs Find New Urgency In Longtime Push For Diversity

    In-house attorneys are intensifying long-standing efforts to diversify their outside counsel, and they’re looking to create a critical mass of law department leaders that will bring about meaningful change.

  • August 21, 2017

    Ex-Och-Ziff Exec Wants Out Of African Bribery Scheme Suit

    Former executives of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC and an affiliate have urged a Brooklyn federal judge to toss the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s case claiming they orchestrated a massive bribery scheme that led to $413 million in fines, calling the action time-barred.

  • August 21, 2017

    Teamsters' Fund Seeks Leading Role In Booz Allen Stock Suit

    A union fund for New York City sanitation workers asked a Virginia federal judge Friday to name it the lead plaintiff in a proposed class action accusing Booz Allen Hamilton of hiding civil and criminal investigations from stockholders and to appoint Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC as lead counsel.

  • August 21, 2017

    Slovakia Shakes Off Claim Over Talc Mining Rights

    Slovakia on Friday prevailed in a World Bank arbitration initiated by American and Canadian investors who claimed that the country had wrongly terminated their rights to one of the world's largest talc mines.

Expert Analysis

  • Can Trump's Infrastructure Order Speed Up Enviro Reviews?

    Felicia Barnes

    As President Donald Trump's recent executive order aimed at improving the environmental review and permitting process is implemented over the next few months, project sponsors will start to see how much it will improve the process. But there will likely be limits to how much relief the order can provide, says Felicia Barnes of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Calif. High Court Raises Conflict Issues For Public Entities

    Gregory Rolen

    The California Supreme Court recently held that independent contractors who have been entrusted with entering into transactions on a public entity’s behalf can be held criminally responsible for a conflict of interest. We should have seen this coming and been better prepared, says Gregory Rolen of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • Protecting The Privacy Of Privileged Internal Investigations

    Donna Fisher

    Despite the fact-dependent nature of privilege, complicated by the diversity of approaches across jurisdictions, corporations can take effective measures to best protect confidential attorney-client communications and attorney work product relating to internal investigations, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • Calif. Proposed Border Wall Law: Questions For Contractors

    Michael Baker

    The purpose of California Senate Bill 30 is to preclude contractors from doing business with the state of California if such contractors do business with the federal government on a border wall. Whether SB-30 is successful in discouraging those contracts, many fear the practical effect will be to inadvertently create some sort of “blacklist,” say Michael Baker and Jamie Furst ​​of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • 4 Cases That Could Affect Gov't Contracts For Tech

    Kristen Ittig

    The intersection of federal procurement and intellectual property law is a strange place, occupied by far more questions than answers. It is unusual that the past few months have brought so many decisions relevant to this area of law, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • No Refuge For DOJ In Chicago Sanctuary City Litigation

    Harold Krent

    The political connotations in the city of Chicago’s suit challenging the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to impose new conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program are clear. However, the case also raises profound legal questions that transcend the money that would otherwise be distributed to Chicago under the program, says Harold Krent, dean and professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.