Government Contracts

  • February 21, 2017

    Texas Barred From Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding

    A federal judge on Tuesday barred the state of Texas from pulling Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood-affiliated clinics, saying the secretly recorded videos the Lone Star State held up as evidence that the clinics were profiting from selling aborted fetal tissue did not actually support the state's claims.

  • February 21, 2017

    Sidley-Authored Report On 9/11-Era Torture Defamatory: Suit

    A group of psychologists accused a Sidley Austin LLP attorney of crafting a report for the American Psychological Association that unfairly laid the blame on them for interrogation tactics used by the U.S. military after the 9/11 attacks, saying in an Ohio suit that he ignored evidence and bolstered a story by the doctors’ critics.

  • February 21, 2017

    Contractor Asks Fed. Judge To Ax Calif. Court's $1.1M 'Error'

    A government contractor Tuesday asked a California federal judge to throw out a state court’s ruling upholding a $1.07 million arbitration award arising from a dispute with a subcontractor in Afghanistan, saying the ruling was clearly entered in error.

  • February 21, 2017

    DHS Releases Guidance On Immigration Executive Orders

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued memos Tuesday implementing two executive orders from President Donald Trump related to immigration, with the agency laying out the administration’s expanded enforcement targets, calling for more officers and suggesting new policy is coming on expedited removals.

  • February 21, 2017

    GSA Watchdog Criticizes Tech Unit's IT Security Compliance

    A U.S. General Services Administration watchdog on Tuesday criticized the GSA's "startup" unit aimed at improving federal technology, 18F, saying it routinely ignored GSA security requirements for both the procurement and operation of information technology systems.

  • February 21, 2017

    Dubai-Backed Port Co. Prevails Over Djibouti Corruption Claim

    Major port terminal operator DP World has been cleared by a London Court of International Arbitration tribunal of accusations by the Djibouti government that the company used bribery to secure a 50-year terminal contract, according to an announcement Tuesday from the Dubai government, which controls DP World.

  • February 21, 2017

    Military Base Contractor Cops To Bribes, Kickbacks

    A subcontractor at two U.S. Army facilities pled guilty in New Jersey federal court to paying thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to receive work and preferential treatment from prime contractors, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Air Force Leaders Urge Congress To Pass Spending Bill

    The U.S. Air Force’s top civilian and military leaders urged Congress on Monday to pass a defense appropriations bill before the end of fiscal year 2017, saying the use of another continuing resolution through to the end of the year would significantly hurt operational readiness and limit needed improvements.

  • February 21, 2017

    Xerox Asks Texas High Court To Limit $1B Medicaid Fraud Suit

    Xerox Corp. accused Texas of using a “web of lawsuits” to divide and conquer in a $1 billion civil Medicaid fraud suit over allegedly unneeded orthodontics, telling the Texas Supreme Court in a brief that the state had brought "coercive fraud suits" that need to be checked by the high court.

  • February 21, 2017

    FastShip Seeks $44M From Navy For Allegedly Cribbing IP

    FastShip LLC demanded $44 million from the U.S. Navy on Tuesday for allegedly using patented hull technology in its new littoral combat ships, closing out a two-week infringement trial that has evolved into a complex debate over boat physics.

  • February 21, 2017

    Trump Considering 'Big Order' Of Boeing's F/A-18

    President Donald Trump said that he was mulling a “big order” of The Boeing Co.’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet, reaffirming the prospect of purchasing the jet alongside, or in place of, rival Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Lightning II.

  • February 21, 2017

    High Court Rejects Plane Parts FCA Revival

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to take on a would-be whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit, repeatedly rejected by the Fifth Circuit, accusing government contractors such as Northrop Grumman Corp. and Bombardier Inc. of reusing aircraft parts from a crashed plane.

  • February 21, 2017

    Justices Revive FCA Suit Against Wells Fargo, Citing Escobar

    The U.S. Supreme Court breathed new life into a False Claims Act case against Wells Fargo & Co. on Tuesday, telling the Second Circuit to take a look at former employees’ claims that the bank defrauded the federal government under the standard set in the so-called Escobar case last summer.

  • February 17, 2017

    Enviros Ask 9th Circ. To Revive PG&E Water Pollution Suit

    An environmental group asked the Ninth Circuit Friday to revive its suit alleging Pacific Gas & Electric Co. storage facilities contaminate stormwater that discharges into California waterways, saying a lower court erred in finding the suit’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act claims were barred because the pollution was regulated by the Clean Water Act.

  • February 17, 2017

    Kuwaiti Cos. Can't Exit FCA Suit Over Service Process

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday declined for the time being to dismiss a False Claims Act suit brought against Kuwaiti companies contracted to feed U.S. armed forces in the Middle East, saying they have been sufficiently served.

  • February 17, 2017

    DHS Watchdog Vows Close Watch On Border Wall Project

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security watchdog vowed Thursday to keep a close eye on President Donald Trump’s planned multibillion-dollar southern border wall project, pointing to “very poor” historic performance by the agency in similar projects.

  • February 17, 2017

    Feds Join FCA Suit Targeting UnitedHealth Billing

    The federal government has intervened in a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit that accuses UnitedHealth Group Inc. and 12 other health plans of pretending their members were sicker than they were in an effort to overcharge Medicare by hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • February 17, 2017

    Nigeria's Counsel Allowed To Withdraw In $276M Award Case

    A D.C. federal judge allowed law firms Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC and the Law Offices of K.C. Okoli PC to withdraw as counsel for the government of Nigeria on Friday after the firm claimed representation in the West African nation’s fight against a $276 million arbitration award had been “rendered impossible.”

  • February 17, 2017

    FCA Decision Tracker: Continued Interpretations Of Escobar

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Universal Health Services v. Escobar continues to affect a range of False Claims Act cases. In the third installment of an ongoing series, Law360 looks at the latest court rulings to interpret the blockbuster decision.

  • February 17, 2017

    Exxon, Shell Defend Docs Request In $1.8B Award Row

    Subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC pushed further for access to a Nigerian state-owned oil company’s documents Thursday, telling a New York federal judge they are key to confirming a $1.8 billion arbitral award over a production sharing contract.

Expert Analysis

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • What A Justice Gorsuch Might Portend For FCA Enforcement

    Scott Stein

    While U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch has participated in only a few appeals of False Claims Act cases, his views suggest that companies and individuals subjected to FCA litigation based on disputed interpretations of agency regulations may find a sympathetic ear, say Scott Stein and Meredith Toole Reiter of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • A New Element In Awarding Calif. Public Works Contracts

    Anthony J. Samson

    Legislation recently proposed in California would require the disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the manufacture of certain “eligible materials” for public works projects. If passed, it could have the biggest effect on companies that manufacture construction materials, especially cement, flat glass, manufactured wool, steel and asphalt, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Trump, Lockheed And The Art Of The Government Deal

    Michael A. Hordell

    President Donald Trump has made his federal procurement debut, announcing two weeks ago that Lockheed Martin agreed to cut $600 million from its next production lot of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes. His tweets and negotiations raise a slew of questions on how these tactics fit into the densely regulated field of government contracts, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Understanding CMS' New Settlement Reporting Thresholds

    David Farber

    When a Medicare beneficiary receives a liability insurance settlement, it must be reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, so Medicare can recover any payments for related treatment. CMS' new guidance lowers the settlement amount that triggers the reporting requirement, and resolves an earlier discrepancy, say David Farber and Lynn McKay of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.