The son of an Oakland, California, politician raked in thousands of dollars to rig bids on public contracts for clients of his so-called public relations firm, an undercover informant told a California federal jury on Tuesday, calling the arrangement a "pay-to-play" scheme.
A Washington, D.C., telecommunications attorney says it has taken the Federal Communications Commission nearly 10 months to begin looking into allegations he raised that prison telephone company Securus Technologies failed to safeguard personal data of inmates and others.
Amazon has been encouraging local law enforcement in Oregon and Florida to incorporate its facial recognition technology, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday, pointing to documents obtained by the group that it says raise concerns about the tool being abused to conduct surveillance on vulnerable populations.
The defense industrial base faces a number of challenges that threaten its health, including skill loss, fluctuating demand and dependency on foreign sources, although the impact varies by industry sector, according to a U.S. Department of Defense report made public Monday.
The U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday gave federal agencies a collective “A” grade on small-business contracting in 2017, saying they had hit nearly 103 percent of their overall goals, including a record $105.7 billion in prime contracts, although the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services lagged behind their targets.
A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs acting secretary from a former chaplain with borderline Asperger's syndrome who claims the agency didn't reasonably accommodate his allegedly "abnormal" way of communicating, but said the case belongs in Illinois federal court.
Poland said Tuesday that Airbus Helicopters has backed off its demand to arbitrate a dispute over a $3.7 billion deal to modernize the country's military helicopter fleet, citing a recent European court ruling that curbs investors' chances of asserting claims under trade agreements.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has ordered Sanofi to hand over hundreds of documents, including any warnings that food and drug regulators may have issued, said to pertain to a suit alleging it marketed off-label uses of a cancer drug.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot LLC and a financial firm both accused in a newly filed lawsuit of misleading the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, about an incinerator project that nearly sank the state capital under $360 million in debt are arguing that the project’s financial failure lies not with them, but with the construction company that couldn’t complete the project.
U.S. Customs and Border Security was not obligated to set aside a Federal Supply Schedule contract for small businesses under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kingdomware decision, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled in a decision made public Tuesday, saying the decision does not apply to that agency's contracts.
A New Jersey bill aimed at expanding when public works contractors must register with the state under the Public Works Contractor Registration Act has passed the New Jersey Senate Labor Committee, Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday.
In a case of first impression, the First Circuit ruled Monday that the burden of proof for rebutting food stamp fraud allegations falls on a grocer, in a case against a store that claimed to sell pricey goat and camel meat and catered to Somali immigrants.
Greece urged a D.C. federal court to apply a D.C. law relating to exchange rates to a judgment confirming a €39.8 million arbitral award against the country, which was issued to resolve a dispute with an American security contractor stemming from the 2004 Olympics.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office in a decision made public Monday rejected a challenge to a $1.38 billion Defense Logistics Agency food distribution contract, saying the protester had no standing to protest the deal, which had originally been bid on by a related company.
The Ninth Circuit on Monday revived Office Depot Inc.'s bid to force an AIG unit to cover its costs in a suit alleging it violated the California False Claims Act by overbilling public agencies, rejecting a lower court's conclusion that claims brought under the CFCA are innately subject to a state law barring insurance for deliberate wrongful conduct.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday accepted review of a case that would resolve a discrepancy among the circuit courts over how attorneys' fees are calculated when lawyers win cases for clients seeking Social Security benefits.
Greenberg Traurig LLP has hired a former WilmerHale associate-turned-Capitol Hill chief of staff and member of the nation’s largest woman-owned lobbying firm to join the firm’s government and policy practice group.
Aveta Inc. and its affiliates asked a Puerto Rico federal court Monday to sanction a whistleblower and strike his allegedly dishonest testimony in a False Claims Act suit accusing the health-care company's Medicare Advantage plans of collecting $1 billion in government overpayments.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid to revisit a decision tossing a whistleblower's False Claims Act case that had accused Solvay Pharmaceuticals of inducing false Medicaid claims through alleged off-label marketing and kickback schemes for three of its drugs.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. asked Delaware's Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a Chancery Court decision allowing investors to inspect some of the company's documents to investigate Medicare overbilling allegations, saying the lower court didn't consider if there was a credible basis to infer wrongdoing.
Federal courts across the country are handing down important rulings interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on False Claims Act liability in Universal Health Services v. Escobar. As the rulings keep pouring in, stay up to speed on Law360’s latest coverage and analysis of Escobar’s impact.
For the first time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has imposed a civil penalty against a company for violations of Poison Prevention Packaging Act standards — despite no evidence of consumer injury. Prudent pharmaceutical and household product manufacturers may want to review their packaging compliance programs and reporting, to avoid penalties, litigation and recalls, say Amy Rubenstein and Jamie Davis of DLA Piper.
The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.
The steady flow of M&A activity in the government contracts industry has included a number of “carveout” transactions, where a government-focused business is separated from its existing corporate structure. Despite the great benefits from carveouts, the path to the finish line is riddled with challenges, say Scott Freling and Alexander Hastings of Covington & Burling LLP.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office's decision this month in ARES Technical Services Corporation provides useful guidance to GAO protesters on where they should — and should not — focus their organizational conflict of interest waiver challenges, says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
As access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania continues to grow — to date, 22 dispensaries have opened throughout the state — employers face fresh concerns about the impact of legalization on their operations as well as their obligations under the law, say John McDonald and Melissa Ferrara of Reed Smith LLP.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court has denied review on 12 False Claims Act-related petitions this term, at least six petitions raising FCA issues currently remain on the docket. And three of them appear to have already piqued the court’s interest, say Michael Waldman and Ralph Mayrell of Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber LLP.
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.
In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.
Last month, the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls announced a major enforcement case and settlement for violations of arms export regulations involving FLIR Systems Inc. The case is a reminder to U.S. companies that what may seem like “routine” violations can quickly turn into a $30 million problem, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.
While recent actions to eliminate forced arbitration for employee sexual harassment and sex discrimination claims are welcomed developments in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the concerns motivating the movement provide a similar opportunity to consider the ramifications of changes that benefit one group and how they might be expanded to benefit all workers, says Joseph Abboud of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.