Government Contracts

  • April 27, 2017

    HealthNet, IU Health Pay $18M To End Whistleblower Suit

    HealthNet Inc. and Indiana University Health Inc. have agreed to pay $18 million to resolve allegations brought by a whistleblower that the health care providers submitted false health claims and violated federal anti-kickback laws, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • April 27, 2017

    Group Sues For Trump Transition's Climate Questionnaires

    A group formed by former White House attorneys filed two suits in D.C. federal court Thursday accusing the U.S. Departments of Energy and Health and Human Services of ignoring requests for records concerning Trump transition team questionnaires given to agency employees about their climate change and Affordable Care Act work.

  • April 27, 2017

    GAO Says NIH Wrongly Skipped SBA Review Of IT Deal Bidder

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office in a decision made public Thursday ruled that the National Institutes of Health had wrongly excluded a company from consideration for a massive information technology contract, saying the NIH should have let the U.S. Small Business Administration review the company’s claimed lack of health-related experience.

  • April 27, 2017

    Wash. Judge Keeps Most Claims Against Nooksack Officials

    A Washington federal judge on Wednesday largely preserved a suit against Nooksack Tribal Council members and other officials by several tribe members seeking to stave off disenrollment, deferring to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decisions that the council members don’t currently have the authority to represent the tribe.

  • April 27, 2017

    Annual GAO Report Adds 79 Ideas To Govt. Push To Trim Fat

    An annual report published on Wednesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office added 79 new ideas to hundreds already offered since the efficiency initiative launched in 2011 in the effort to save the federal budget billions by reducing duplication, overlap and fragmentation of efforts.

  • April 27, 2017

    Congress To Agree To Push Short-Term Funding Band-Aid

    Government funding could soon have a third Band-Aid this year, as congressional leaders indicated Thursday they would push for another short-term continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown over the weekend.

  • April 27, 2017

    Claims Court Says No Bias In $26M Army Support Deal

    There was no evidence that the U.S. Army implicitly required bidders on a $25.8 million military housing privatization initiative contract to have prior Army MHPI experience, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in a decision made public Thursday, rejecting a protest alleging it had unfairly favored the winning bidder.

  • April 27, 2017

    Judge Slams Co.'s 'Deficient' Bid To Nix Atlantic City Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge had biting words for a financial firm in refusing to toss Atlantic City’s suit claiming it mishandled city funds intended for small business loans and assisting residents with mortgages, blasting the company for a “deficient” motion that cited little evidence.

  • April 27, 2017

    Boston Hospital Pays $10M To End Research Fraud Probe

    Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and its parent company on Thursday agreed to pay $10 million to settle a federal probe of grant-funding fraud at a stem cell laboratory.

  • April 27, 2017

    New Mexico And Calif. Sue DOI Over Oil And Gas Royalties

    The states of New Mexico and California on Wednesday sued the federal government for alleged unpaid royalties that should have been paid to the states for producing oil, gas and coal, saying the U.S. Department of Interior has blocked millions of owed royalties.

  • April 27, 2017

    Panel Has All The Power In Venezuela Arbitration, Co. Says

    A British Virgin Islands raw materials company again pushed its interpretation of arbitrator power in Florida federal court Wednesday, arguing that Venezuela's state-owned mining company cannot challenge a panel mandate to post nearly $63 million in security during an ongoing iron ore contracts spat because the arbitrators alone have jurisdiction.

  • April 27, 2017

    House Votes To Disallow Highway Planning Rule

    Congress on Thursday passed a measure to overturn an Obama-era Federal Highway Administration rule altering how federal highways are planned, the first such measure in this Congress to attract bipartisan support.

  • April 27, 2017

    South Korea Fines Novartis $48M Over Bribes To Doctors

    South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has fined Novartis 55 billion South Korean won ($48 million) and stopped reimbursements for the Alzheimer's drug Exelon and chemotherapy drug Zometa after six of the company’s executives were charged with bribing doctors to use their products, the drugmaker confirmed Thursday.

  • April 27, 2017

    Feds Denied Say In Medicare FCA Suit After $348M Award

    A Florida federal judge refused Wednesday to permit a “statement of interest” from the government five years after prosecutors declined to intervene in a False Claims Act suit that yielded a nearly $348 million judgment against nursing home operators, finding money to be the government’s only real interest.

  • April 26, 2017

    Fraudster In $172M Scheme Seeks A Light Sentence

    A man who caused about $2.8 million in losses to government and private insurers as part of a $172 million scheme involving fraudulent prescriptions asked a Florida federal court Tuesday for a light sentence, possibly only probation.

  • April 26, 2017

    Watchdog Wants Senate Probe Of Trump DC Hotel Ethics

    An ethics watchdog nonprofit has requested a Senate committee investigation into whether President Donald Trump is violating ethics regulations and a lease from the federal government on the building currently occupied by Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.

  • April 26, 2017

    Pueblo Sues Fed. Gov't, Won't Return Grant Money

    The Pueblo of Jemez on Wednesday hit the federal government and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price with a lawsuit, asking a New Mexico district judge to squash the government’s efforts to re-collect more than a million dollars in grant funds, saying that no improper spending occurred on the part of the tribe.

  • April 26, 2017

    Government Funding Deal 'Down To Final Details'

    One more potential flashpoint between Congress and the White House over government spending was removed Wednesday, as President Donald Trump’s administration told congressional leaders it would continue subsidy payments under the Affordable Care Act.

  • April 26, 2017

    Duke Can't Drop Whistleblower's False Research Data Suit

    A North Carolina federal judge has refused to dismiss a False Claims Act lawsuit claiming Duke University and some of its faculty knowingly falsified medical research data in order to get federal grants, saying that the whistleblower had adequately stated his case.

  • April 26, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Backs Navy In Sequester Furlough Dispute

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a U.S. Navy decision to furlough a civilian engineer in response to the 2013 federal sequester, even though her specific work was funded by a federal contractor, finding that the Navy's decision was reasonable based on broader considerations for managing its budget.

Expert Analysis

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Gov't Nonintervention In Agape And Future FCA Cases

    Joshua Hill

    The Fourth Circuit's recent Agape decision is a reminder that the government’s nonintervention in a False Claims Act case should not be mistaken for government disinterest, says Joshua Hill of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Understanding The Amended Executive Branch Gift Rules

    Adam Raviv

    The ethical guidelines governing the conduct of federal officials have received much media attention in recent months. Given new changes to the rules around acceptance of gifts by executive branch personnel, both federal employees and those who interact with them on a personal or professional basis should know what is and is not permissible, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • No Contractor Liability For False Statement Gov't Didn't See

    Joseph Barton

    Aggressive prosecutors could argue that a Section 1001 violation is complete as soon as a falsified record is entered into a government contractor’s internal database — even if the contractor rectifies the situation before the record is actually presented to the government. But two cases provide contractors with a ready counterpoint, say Joseph Barton and Laura Alexander of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • Impact Of 'Buy American And Hire American' On H-1B

    Elizabeth Espin Stern

    President Trump recently signed an executive order addressing the protection of U.S. jobs and preferences for U.S.-manufactured products and goods. While the order has no immediate effect on the processing of H-1B visa petitions, it does give us a clear picture of the administration’s views on the program. The “feeding frenzy” that characterizes the H-1B cap season may well become a thing of the past, say partners of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • A Closer Look At 'Preemptive' Federal Contract Terms

    Lawrence Ebner

    Subrogation of insureds’ third-party claims is not a subject that excites too many lawyers, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday in Coventry Health Care of Missouri Inc. v. Nevils will be of interest to anyone who tracks the court’s federal preemption jurisprudence, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.