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Government Contracts

  • June 22, 2018

    House Passes Sweeping Opioid Treatment, Medicare Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping anti-opioid abuse bill Friday with broad bipartisan support, rolling together dozens of other pieces of legislation passed over the last two weeks.

  • June 22, 2018

    Armenian Ex-Diplomat Aims To Nix Rolls-Royce Bribe Charges

    Armenia’s former ambassador to China urged an Ohio federal judge to toss a recent indictment that accused him of playing a role in helping a Rolls-Royce Group PLC subsidiary bribe foreign officials to win government contracts, arguing that U.S. statutes expressly bar extraterritorial application of money laundering laws.

  • June 22, 2018

    Suit Alleging Race Bias In Boston PD Drug Tests Nears Verdict

    A Massachusetts federal judge spent several hours in a Boston courtroom Friday discussing racial identity, implicit bias and the legal ramifications of drug-testing employees in a hearing that concluded the evidentiary portion of a long-running discrimination case against the Boston Police Department over false-positive results disproportionately affecting black people.

  • June 22, 2018

    CACI Sanctions Bid Says Abu Ghraib Prisoner Withheld Info

    A CACI International unit urged a Virginia federal judge Friday to toss torture claims brought by a man formerly imprisoned in Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, saying his recent deposition testimony confirmed that he had medical records but failed to produce them as required back in 2012.

  • June 22, 2018

    NY Senate Boss Was Relentless In Graft Pursuit, Jury Told

    An executive for Manhattan luxury real estate developer Glenwood Management on Friday described in New York federal court how former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was relentless in his drive to have Glenwood steer business to his son, repeatedly making requests at meetings where the developer was seeking favorable legislation for big developers.

  • June 22, 2018

    Ex-Contractor Accused Of Leak To Change Plea To Guilty: DOJ

    Former government contractor Reality Leigh Winner, who has been accused of leaking classified national security information to at least one news outlet, plans to plead guilty at a change of plea hearing Tuesday in Georgia federal court, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman said Friday.

  • June 22, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says No Extra Fees For 'Egregious' HHS Behavior

    Extra attorneys’ fees can’t be used to address the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' “egregious” misconduct during a support contract procurement, the Federal Circuit ruled Friday.

  • June 22, 2018

    Gov't Contractors Lacking In Email Spoof Defense, Study Says

    Nearly all of the top 100 federal government contractors are still vulnerable to email impersonation attacks because they have not fully implemented a form of email security that guards against phishing, a new study has found.

  • June 22, 2018

    Ex-JAG Lawyer Joins Cohen Seglias In Philadelphia

    Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, which represents government contractors, corporate clients, midsize privately held businesses and construction companies, has added a former acquisition law specialist from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a partner in the government contracting practice in its Philadelphia office.

  • June 22, 2018

    SuperValu Destroyed Pricing Evidence, Whistleblowers Say

    Whistleblowers in a lawsuit accusing grocery store conglomerate SuperValu Inc. of overcharging the federal government for medication asked an Illinois federal judge to sanction the chain on Thursday, saying it destroyed material evidence that would have helped prove their claims.

  • June 22, 2018

    Xerox Can't Blame Doctors In $1B Texas Medicaid Fraud Row

    Xerox Corp. can’t try to share the blame for what Texas claims is a $1 billion civil Medicaid fraud with orthodontists who allegedly provided unnecessary services to poor children, and the orthodontists can’t pursue claims against the state, the Texas Supreme Court held in a pair of opinions Friday.

  • June 21, 2018

    'Buffalo Billion' Jury Told $500M Solar Plant Bid Was Fixed

    A once-powerful lobbyist back-channeled with former State University of New York President Alain Kaloyeros in 2013 to tailor a rigged proposal that let construction firm LPCiminelli win a $500 million Buffalo solar factory job, a cooperating witness told federal jurors hearing fraud charges against Kaloyeros and three other men Thursday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Dealer Barred From Arbitrating Fla. City Car Contract Row

    A car dealership accused of hiring another auto seller’s employee and helping her steal a lucrative contract with the city of Tallahassee can’t participate in the arbitration between the employee and her former company, a Florida appeals court ruled in a split decision Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Oman Sues US Mining Co. Owner Over Unpaid $5.6M Award

    Oman sued a U.S. mining company owner in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday alleging he has failed to pay any part of a $5.6 million arbitration award issued against him by an International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal in a dispute over mining leases.

  • June 21, 2018

    Ex-NY Senate Boss Squeezed Developer For Favors, Jury Told

    The senior vice president and general counsel for Manhattan luxury real estate developer Glenwood Management on Thursday told jurors that former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos implored the company to steer work to his son Adam, while the New York real estate powerhouse was heavily lobbying the Senate for favorable real estate legislation.

  • June 21, 2018

    Senior Navy Officers Censured Over 'Fat Leonard' Scandal

    Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has censured three current and former senior Navy officers over their role in the wide-ranging “Fat Leonard” bribery scheme related to in-port service contracts, including a former admiral, according to letters made public Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Hotel Co. Loses $4M Air Force Bid Protest Over Lodging

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Thursday axed a hotel company’s action alleging the U.S. Air Force owes it nearly $4 million after enticing it to buy and renovate a property for off-base lodging, only to ultimately deny it a contract, holding that the claims were brought too late.

  • June 21, 2018

    Man Accused Of Bilking Computers-For-Schools Program

    An Alabama man was indicted in Illinois federal court Wednesday on charges that he fraudulently profited off the resale of surplus government computer equipment that he allegedly obtained for free by exploiting a school’s privileges in a General Services Administration program meant to benefit schools and nonprofits.

  • June 21, 2018

    Loeb Boathouse Hopeful Loses License Fight With NYC

    A company that had hoped to run Central Park's Loeb Boathouse bar and restaurant has lost its New York state suit accusing the city of manipulating the bidding process by favoring a competitor who donated $10,000 to a political campaign linked to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

  • June 21, 2018

    KBR Toxic Burn Pit Claims Are Political Issue, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit affirmed a multidistrict litigation ruling that KBR Inc. cannot be sued over service members’ illnesses that were allegedly caused by toxic burn pit fumes and unclean water at overseas bases, finding operational decisions were made by the military, which makes the issue a “political question” that can’t be addressed by a court.

Expert Analysis

  • Trade Lessons From The ZTE Saga

    Erin Baldwin

    Less than two months after the U.S. government announced it was denying export privileges to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., it said that the denial order would be lifted pursuant to a new settlement with ZTE. The lessons from the ZTE saga are far from clear, but one takeaway is that enforcement actions may not always be final, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Contractors Must Look For Potential Claims Before Payment

    Justin Scott

    A contract dispute between the Army Corps of Engineers and Merrick Construction illustrates the importance of proper record-keeping and documentation throughout the life of a construction project. Otherwise, potential claims may fall through the cracks, especially when a critical employee leaves the project and responsibility must be transferred to someone else, says Justin Scott of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • GAO Will Police 'Other Transaction Authority' Awards

    Ronald Lee

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's Oracle decision acts as a shot across the bow to agencies exploring Other Transaction Authority agreements as alternatives to traditional contracting, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Congress’ Overlooked Environmental Legislation

    Rachel Jacobson

    The House recently passed — and now the Senate is considering — the most important piece of energy and environmental legislation it will consider all year. It isn’t a revision to the Endangered Species Act or the Clean Water Act. It's the National Defense Authorization Act, say attorneys with WilmerHale.