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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.