Government Contracts

  • January 19, 2017

    Medical Supply Co. Owner Accused Of $4.5M Medicaid Fraud

    The owner of a south Texas medical equipment supply company was arrested Thursday, two days after she was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges she defrauded Medicaid by falsifying $4.5 million in billings for incontinence supplies, the Department of Justice announced.

  • January 19, 2017

    Drug Return Co. Wants Evidence Out Of Money Laundering Case

    A pharmaceutical refund company on Wednesday asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to bar the government from presenting evidence it engaged in money laundering activity before it received payments from manufacturers, saying such evidence would contradict the government’s previous arguments.

  • January 19, 2017

    UPenn Health System Settles Medicare Overbilling Claims

    The University of Pennsylvania Health System has agreed to a settlement totaling nearly $1 million to resolve claims that a pair of cardiologists improperly billed Medicare during a period of four years for unnecessary stent procedures.

  • January 19, 2017

    OSHA Dings Amtrak Nearly $1M For Firing Whistleblower

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday it has ordered Amtrak to rehire and pay nearly $1 million in back wages and damages to a whistleblower who was fired after raising safety concerns about a contractor.

  • January 18, 2017

    Mass., Feds May Move To Intervene In Escobar FCA Case

    Lawyers for the commonwealth of Massachusetts and the federal government told a federal judge in Boston Wednesday that they may recommend intervening in the Escobar case against Universal Health Services, a significant development for a closely watched False Claims Act suit.

  • January 18, 2017

    Niger’s $30M Central Park Mansion Seized For $46M Award

    A New York federal judge gave the all-clear on Tuesday for a company with a massive judgment against Niger to seize a $30 million property the country owns that’s just steps from Central Park, giving Africard Co. Ltd. a win-by-default after years of legal wrangling with the country.

  • January 18, 2017

    Feds Look To Nix Senecas' Health Care Funding Suit

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urged a D.C. federal judge Tuesday to toss a suit by the Seneca Nation of Indians seeking $4.7 million in federal funding for tribe-administered health programs, saying the tribe’s claims can’t be considered until a related case is resolved.

  • January 18, 2017

    Health Care Co. Owner Fights Evidence In $45M Fraud Case

    One of the three relatives who owned a trio of home health care companies accused of running a $45 million Medicare fraud scheme fought back against some government evidence Tuesday, saying certain witness statements are untrustworthy and that some evidence may confuse jurors.

  • January 18, 2017

    Duke Energy To Pay To Resolve Feds' 'Gun-Jumping' Claims

    Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to pay $600,000 in civil penalties to settle the U.S. Department of Justice’s allegations that it took control of a natural gas-fired power plant in Florida from Calpine Corp. before a mandatory waiting period for antitrust review had lapsed, the department announced on Wednesday.

  • January 18, 2017

    DOL Accuses Oracle Of Bias Against Women, Minorities

    The U.S. Department of Labor fired off a lawsuit against Oracle America Inc. Tuesday, alleging that the computer technology giant discriminates against women and minorities by paying them less than their counterparts and also discriminates against qualified non-Asian applicants in favor of Asian candidates for certain roles.

  • January 18, 2017

    BAE Chair Says Trump Wants At Least 10% Cut On F-35 Cost

    The chairman of BAE Systems PLC said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has asked Lockheed Martin Corp. to make a “double digit” percentage reduction to the cost of the F-35 fighter jet, amid Trump’s ongoing complaints that the Pentagon’s largest acquisition program is too costly.

  • January 18, 2017

    HUD Breached Public Housing Subsidy Deals, Court Says

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had breached deals with hundreds of public housing authorities when it unevenly reduced their subsidies in 2012 based on their existing cash reserves.

  • January 18, 2017

    JPMorgan Underpaid Female Employees, DOL Claims

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been discriminating against some of its female employees by paying them less than their male counterparts in violation of federal contractor requirements, the U.S. Department of Labor alleged Wednesday in an administrative complaint.

  • January 18, 2017

    Senate Panel Sends Trump’s DOD Pick To Full Body

    The Senate Armed Services Committee cleared President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for defense secretary, former Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, for the full Senate on Wednesday, setting the stage for a confirmation vote hours after the new president’s swearing-in.

  • January 18, 2017

    DOD Acquisition Chief Urges Steady Course On Buying

    Outgoing U.S. Department of Defense acquisition chief Frank Kendall said on Tuesday that the Pentagon had made significant improvements to its buying system under his watch, and he urged both Congress and the incoming Trump administration not to undo those gains.

  • January 18, 2017

    DHS Proposes Rules For Contractors To Protect Sensitive Info

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday proposed rules that would expand security and privacy requirements for contractors, a move that's part of the agency's efforts to safeguard sensitive government information.

  • January 18, 2017

    Inmate Call Cos. Urge DC Circ. To Wait On Rate Cap Review

    Inmate calling service providers on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to delay its review of rate caps imposed on the companies by the Federal Communications Commission in August, in anticipation of a reversal of the policy under an incoming Republican-majority commission.

  • January 18, 2017

    Community Health Execs To Pay $60M Over Investor Suits

    A Tennessee federal judge on Tuesday signed off on a $60 million agreement Community Health Systems Inc. and its executives reached with a class of investors to settle allegations the leaders breached their fiduciary duties by allowing a massive Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare fraud scheme to play out.

  • January 18, 2017

    Thesys Selected To Run Consolidated Audit Trail System

    The consortium of self-regulatory organizations working on implementing a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-mandated central database to track equity and option trading selected Thesys Technologies LLC on Tuesday to build and run the system.

  • January 17, 2017

    Squire Nears Exit Of Suit Seeking Return Of $10M To City

    A California judge on Tuesday tentatively tossed a nonprofit’s suit claiming the city of West Covina unlawfully paid $10 million to Squire Patton Boggs LLP without the mayor’s signature for litigation over a car dealership land deal, saying the court can’t interfere with the city’s decision not to sue the firm.

Expert Analysis

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • Managing FCA Risks With Directors And Officers Insurance

    Marialuisa S. Gallozzi

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had obtained over $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2016. Policyholders looking to maximize their prospects of insurance recovery for FCA claims should make sure to understand the main coverage requirements and limitations of directors and officers liability insurance, say Marialuisa Gallozzi and Scott Levitt of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Health Care Enforcement Review And 2017 Outlook: Part 4

     Brian P. Dunphy

    In this final installment of our review and outlook series, we analyze health care enforcement trends gathered from 2016 civil settlements and criminal resolutions of health care fraud and abuse cases. Behind the headlines covering enormous recoveries in 2016, several themes are apparent, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Health Care Enforcement Review And 2017 Outlook: Part 3

    Jordan T. Cohen

    While 2016 marked one of the least productive years in the history of Congress, the same cannot be said of health care enforcement and regulatory agencies. Perhaps motivated by the impending change in administration, these agencies promulgated a number of notable regulations in 2016, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Suits Against Foreign Sovereigns: Mixed Bag For Energy Cos.

    Kenneth Reisenfeld

    Legal claims against foreign governments — including those of major oil-producing states — are growing in size and number. This trend creates a paradox for global energy companies: It is easier for them to protect their rights on projects abroad, but the increase in successful claims against sovereign states poses unforeseen risks for those doing business with government-owned oil concerns, say attorneys from BakerHostetler LLP.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Health Care Enforcement Review And 2017 Outlook: Part 2

    Karen S. Lovitch

    In 2016, courts around the country heard cases involving a variety of False Claims Act and other enforcement-related matters. Going forward these case law developments are expected to have an impact on both the scope of FCA liability and the means by which FCA liability can be proven at trial, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Health Care Enforcement Review And 2017 Outlook: Part 1

    Joanne Hawana

    Over the past year, clear trends have emerged in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s enforcement activities. In part one of this four-part series, attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC examine key 2016 government policies, regulations and enforcement actions in this area, and the likely impact of these trends on enforcement in 2017.