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Government Contracts

  • January 23, 2019

    FCA Co. Torches DOJ Effort To Scuttle Suits

    A company that specializes in bringing False Claims Act cases has launched a scorched-earth attack on the U.S. Department of Justice for trying to end nearly a dozen suits it filed, accusing the DOJ of trying to “legalize certain kickbacks” to doctors from drugmakers.

  • January 23, 2019

    House Passes Bill Inviting Researchers To Hack State Dept.

    The U.S. House of Representatives has resoundingly passed a bipartisan bill that would direct the State Department to invite security researchers to expose flaws in its digital defenses in exchange for rewards.

  • January 23, 2019

    State Of The Union Invite Rescinded As Shutdown Continues

    With the partial federal government shutdown likely to extend into next week as the logjam continued on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled President Donald Trump's invitation to deliver the State of the Union during the funding lapse.

  • January 23, 2019

    DHS Puts Freeze On Acquisitions Due To Shutdown

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that it, and most of its component agencies, won’t move forward with pending acquisitions until the partial federal shutdown ends, citing limited resources.

  • January 23, 2019

    Ex-Hospital Director Pleads Guilty In $1B Health Fraud Case

    A former Miami-area hospital director pled guilty Wednesday in Florida federal court to conspiring to defraud the United States and paying and receiving health care kickbacks as part of a $1 billion health care fraud scheme.

  • January 22, 2019

    Insurer Used Financial Scare Tactics To Get Ahead: Contractor

    Federal Insurance Co. improperly applied financial pressure against a law firm in an attempt to gain the upper hand in a lawsuit over its duty to defend a boilermaker in a dispute involving the construction of a municipal water treatment system, the contractor said Monday in Oklahoma federal court.

  • January 22, 2019

    Walgreens Pays $269M In Milestone FCA Deals

    Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. has inked settlements worth $269 million to end False Claims Act allegations of egregious overbilling for various drugs, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday, marking some of the largest FCA payouts ever by a retail pharmacy.

  • January 22, 2019

    FCC Auction Might Sink 2.5 GHz, Broadband Group Warns

    A proposed spectrum auction in the 2.5 GHz band may be a flop if the Federal Communications Commission does not listen to educational institutions on how they want to use the airwaves in the future, cautioned one industry member during a Washington, D.C., panel event on Tuesday.

  • January 22, 2019

    Defense Taps BAE For $250M Video Intelligence Contract

    BAE Systems Inc. announced Tuesday that a U.S. Department of Defense combat support agency has re-upped the company’s contract for video analytics, training and intelligence support with a $250 million task order.

  • January 22, 2019

    Judge's Trial Relevant In $2.7B Award Row, Court Hears

    Units of ExxonMobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have pointed to the Nigerian Bar Association's condemnation of the prosecution of Nigeria's chief justice in their bid to have a New York federal court confirm a $2.67 billion arbitral award against Nigeria's state-owned oil company, which was set aside in the African nation.

  • January 22, 2019

    Ex-PennDOT Exec Cops To Pay-To-Play Scheme

    A former executive with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation pled guilty and was sentenced to a maximum of nearly two years of house arrest Tuesday for taking bribes from a contractor in exchange for contracting opportunities with the agency.

  • January 22, 2019

    FBI Agents Say Shutdown Hurts Key Security Operations

    The FBI agents union on Tuesday urged elected leaders to end the federal spending impasse, arguing that crucial investigations in such areas as terrorism, cybercrime and child trafficking languish as agents go without pay or money to spend on field operations.

  • January 22, 2019

    Senate To Vote, But Likely Will Not Reopen Government

    Efforts to end the record-breaking partial federal government shutdown crawled forward Tuesday as Senate leaders agreed to a series of votes on bills that could end the showdown over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the southern border.

  • January 22, 2019

    Iraq Veteran Says 3M Earplugs Caused Hearing Loss

    A former U.S. Army soldier who served in Iraq told a Texas federal court on Tuesday that hearing loss was the price he paid for wearing the same kind of earplugs that cost the 3M Company $9.1 million to settle a government lawsuit regarding their effectiveness.

  • January 22, 2019

    Oracle Shorted Women, Minorities By $400M: Labor Dept.

    Oracle America Inc. underpaid its female and nonwhite workers by more than $400 million over four years, the U.S. Department of Labor's federal contractor watchdog charged Tuesday in an expanded complaint in the two-year-old bias suit.

  • January 22, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Backs Dismissal Of Army Corps Subcontract Row

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed that a trustee and former subcontractor for an Army Corps of Engineers contractor was barred from suing the agency as part of an unusual subcontracting dispute, described as a “conundrum” by a lower court judge.

  • January 18, 2019

    Oro Negro Ch. 15 Parties Agree To Mediate Rig Fight

    In an effort to streamline dual bankruptcy proceedings for Mexican oil rig company Perforadora Oro Negro in its home country and the U.S., a domestic mediator will join negotiations between the company and its creditors in a jack-up rig seizure dispute, a U.S. bankruptcy judge said.

  • January 18, 2019

    Kan. Man Accused Of Fraud To Net $12.7M In Gov't Contracts

    A Kansas man tasked with running a construction firm is accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $12.7 million in government construction contracts and lying to federal investigators about the company's status as a small business owned by a veteran who became disabled in the line of duty, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • January 18, 2019

    Prison Co. Stock’s Non-Reaction To Disclosures Dooms Cert.

    A Tennessee federal judge declined Friday to certify a class of investors who allege that private prison operator CoreCivic Inc. misrepresented its safety, security and rehabilitation standards, saying shares of the company didn’t decline when the supposed misstatements were first revealed.

  • January 18, 2019

    General Dynamics Must Serve Libya To Enforce £16M Award

    A U.K court ruled Friday that for General Dynamics U.K. Ltd. to enforce a £16.1 million ($20.7 million) award issued against Libya in a dispute over a military communications contract, the company must serve the country with the order granting it permission to enforce the award.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

    Matthew Harrison

    Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.

  • When State, Local Gov't Is A Federal Contractor

    Meredith Shoop

    Federal contractors are required to follow an increasing number of employment regulations that affect wages, leave, nondiscrimination policies and more. Compliance becomes even more complicated when the contractor is a state or local government, says Meredith Shoop at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • Hospitals Have Hope As Justices Mull Medicare Case

    Mark Polston

    U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Azar v. Allina Health Services seemed to favor a ruling that could mean billions of dollars in additional Medicare payments to many hospitals. But the case also could significantly affect Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services operations, say Mark Polston and Matthew Horton of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • 2018 Trends In HHS Corporate Integrity Agreements

    John Bentivoglio

    The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services entered into only 37 new corporate integrity agreements last year — the lowest number since 2012 — but it was an important year on the policy front, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Domestic Sourcing Requirement Doesn’t Fit DOD’s Gloves

    Scott Freling

    A recent Government Accountability Office decision found that a nonavailability exception applied to a Defense Department solicitation for leather combat gloves even though the type of leather at issue was available domestically. The decision sheds light on the regulatory nuances regarding domestic sourcing, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Circuits Left To Develop FCA Discovery Case Law

    Andy Liu

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in two major False Claims Act cases, both involving the government’s knowledge or suspicion of violations allegedly resulting in knowingly false claims. Nichols Liu LLP attorneys consider the implications for the materiality standard and FCA cases going forward.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.