Government Contracts

  • May 22, 2018

    Oakland Pol's Son Took Bribes For Public Contracts, Jury Told

    The son of an Oakland, California, politician raked in thousands of dollars to rig bids on public contracts for clients of his so-called public relations firm, an undercover informant told a California federal jury on Tuesday, calling the arrangement a "pay-to-play" scheme.

  • May 22, 2018

    FCC Dismissed Claim Securus Peddled User Data, Atty Says

    A Washington, D.C., telecommunications attorney says it has taken the Federal Communications Commission nearly 10 months to begin looking into allegations he raised that prison telephone company Securus Technologies failed to safeguard personal data of inmates and others.

  • May 22, 2018

    Amazon Touts Face-Recognition Tool To Gov't, ACLU Says

    Amazon has been encouraging local law enforcement in Oregon and Florida to incorporate its facial recognition technology, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday, pointing to documents obtained by the group that it says raise concerns about the tool being abused to conduct surveillance on vulnerable populations.

  • May 22, 2018

    Defense Industrial Base Faces Significant Risks, DOD Says

    The defense industrial base faces a number of challenges that threaten its health, including skill loss, fluctuating demand and dependency on foreign sources, although the impact varies by industry sector, according to a U.S. Department of Defense report made public Monday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Small Biz Won Record $105.7B In Gov't Contracts In 2017

    The U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday gave federal agencies a collective “A” grade on small-business contracting in 2017, saying they had hit nearly 103 percent of their overall goals, including a record $105.7 billion in prime contracts, although the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services lagged behind their targets.

  • May 22, 2018

    VA Can't Nix Bias Suit By Ex-Chaplain With Asperger's

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs acting secretary from a former chaplain with borderline Asperger's syndrome who claims the agency didn't reasonably accommodate his allegedly "abnormal" way of communicating, but said the case belongs in Illinois federal court.

  • May 22, 2018

    Airbus Drops Fight Over $3.7B Chopper Deal, Poland Says

    Poland said Tuesday that Airbus Helicopters has backed off its demand to arbitrate a dispute over a $3.7 billion deal to modernize the country's military helicopter fleet, citing a recent European court ruling that curbs investors' chances of asserting claims under trade agreements.

  • May 22, 2018

    Sanofi Must Divulge Docs In FCA Fight Over Cancer Drug

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has ordered Sanofi to hand over hundreds of documents, including any warnings that food and drug regulators may have issued, said to pertain to a suit alleging it marketed off-label uses of a cancer drug. 

  • May 22, 2018

    Pa. Firms Facing Incinerator Project Suit Blame Contractor

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot LLC and a financial firm both accused in a newly filed lawsuit of misleading the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, about an incinerator project that nearly sank the state capital under $360 million in debt are arguing that the project’s financial failure lies not with them, but with the construction company that couldn’t complete the project.

  • May 22, 2018

    Kingdomware Doesn't Apply To Non-VA Contracts, GAO Says

    U.S. Customs and Border Security was not obligated to set aside a Federal Supply Schedule contract for small businesses under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kingdomware decision, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled in a decision made public Tuesday, saying the decision does not apply to that agency's contracts.

  • May 22, 2018

    Contractor Registration Bill Passes NJ Labor Committee

    A New Jersey bill aimed at expanding when public works contractors must register with the state under the Public Works Contractor Registration Act has passed the New Jersey Senate Labor Committee, Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2018

    1st Circ. Says Food Stamp-Fraud Proof Burden Is On Grocer

    In a case of first impression, the First Circuit ruled Monday that the burden of proof for rebutting food stamp fraud allegations falls on a grocer, in a case against a store that claimed to sell pricey goat and camel meat and catered to Somali immigrants.

  • May 21, 2018

    Greece Says €40M Award In Contract Row Subject To DC Law

    Greece urged a D.C. federal court to apply a D.C. law relating to exchange rates to a judgment confirming a €39.8 million arbitral award against the country, which was issued to resolve a dispute with an American security contractor stemming from the 2004 Olympics.

  • May 21, 2018

    GAO Says Co. Related To Bidder Can't Protest $1.4B Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office in a decision made public Monday rejected a challenge to a $1.38 billion Defense Logistics Agency food distribution contract, saying the protester had no standing to protest the deal, which had originally been bid on by a related company.

  • May 21, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives Office Depot's Coverage Battle With AIG

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday revived Office Depot Inc.'s bid to force an AIG unit to cover its costs in a suit alleging it violated the California False Claims Act by overbilling public agencies, rejecting a lower court's conclusion that claims brought under the CFCA are innately subject to a state law barring insurance for deliberate wrongful conduct.

  • May 21, 2018

    High Court To Hear Fees Dispute In Social Security Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday accepted review of a case that would resolve a discrepancy among the circuit courts over how attorneys' fees are calculated when lawyers win cases for clients seeking Social Security benefits.

  • May 21, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Hires Lobbying Group, Capitol Hill Vet

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has hired a former WilmerHale associate-turned-Capitol Hill chief of staff and member of the nation’s largest woman-owned lobbying firm to join the firm’s government and policy practice group.

  • May 21, 2018

    Health Care Co. Seeks Whistleblower Sanctions In FCA Suit

    Aveta Inc. and its affiliates asked a Puerto Rico federal court Monday to sanction a whistleblower and strike his allegedly dishonest testimony in a False Claims Act suit accusing the health-care company's Medicare Advantage plans of collecting $1 billion in government overpayments.

  • May 21, 2018

    Justices Turn Away Solvay FCA Off-Label Marketing Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid to revisit a decision tossing a whistleblower's False Claims Act case that had accused Solvay Pharmaceuticals of inducing false Medicaid claims through alleged off-label marketing and kickback schemes for three of its drugs.

  • May 18, 2018

    UnitedHealth Asks Del. High Court To Nix Investor Books Win

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. asked Delaware's Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a Chancery Court decision allowing investors to inspect some of the company's documents to investigate Medicare overbilling allegations, saying the lower court didn't consider if there was a credible basis to infer wrongdoing.

Expert Analysis

  • CPSC Steps Up Action On Safe Product Packaging Standards

    Amy Rubenstein

    For the first time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has imposed a civil penalty against a company for violations of Poison Prevention Packaging Act standards — despite no evidence of consumer injury. Prudent pharmaceutical and household product manufacturers may want to review their packaging compliance programs and reporting, to avoid penalties, litigation and recalls, say Amy Rubenstein and Jamie Davis of DLA Piper.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • 4 Considerations For Gov't Contractor Carveout Deals

    Scott Freling

    The steady flow of M&A activity in the government contracts industry has included a number of “carveout” transactions, where a government-focused business is separated from its existing corporate structure. Despite the great benefits from carveouts, the path to the finish line is riddled with challenges, say Scott Freling and Alexander Hastings of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • ​GAO Clarifies Rules For Conflict Of Interest Waiver Protests

    Aron Beezley

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's decision this month in ARES Technical Services Corporation provides useful guidance to GAO protesters on where they should — and should not — focus their organizational conflict of interest waiver challenges, says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • New Medical Marijuana Challenges For Pa. Employers

    John McDonald

    As access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania continues to grow — to date, 22 dispensaries have opened throughout the state — employers face fresh concerns about the impact of legalization on their operations as well as their obligations under the law, say John McDonald and Melissa Ferrara of Reed Smith LLP.

  • FCA Questions That High Court May Address Next Term

    Michael Waldman

    Although the U.S. Supreme Court has denied review on 12 False Claims Act-related petitions this term, at least six petitions raising FCA issues currently remain on the docket. And three of them appear to have already piqued the court’s interest, say Michael Waldman and Ralph Mayrell of Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Compliance Lessons From An Arms Export Enforcement Case

    Thomas McVey

    Last month, the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls announced a major enforcement case and settlement for violations of arms export regulations involving FLIR Systems Inc. The case is a reminder to U.S. companies that what may seem like “routine” violations can quickly turn into a $30 million problem, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.

  • Ending Forced Arbitration In Workplace Discrimination Cases

    Joseph Abboud

    While recent actions to eliminate forced arbitration for employee sexual harassment and sex discrimination claims are welcomed developments in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the concerns motivating the movement provide a similar opportunity to consider the ramifications of changes that benefit one group and how they might be expanded to benefit all workers, says Joseph Abboud of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.