Government Contracts

  • December 14, 2017

    NC Prosthetics Co. Ran $12M Medicaid Fraud, Gov't Says

    A North Carolina prosthetics provider billed Medicaid for $12 million in durable medical equipment it never purchased, provided to patients or needed, the state and federal governments alleged Wednesday in a False Claims Act suit.

  • December 14, 2017

    MVP: Vinson & Elkins' Craig Margolis

    Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Craig Margolis has guided defense contractors through False Claims Act and other fraud litigation in the past year, including helping KBR Inc. beat a former employee’s long-running suit accusing the company of accepting kickbacks, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s 2017 Government Contracts MVPs.

  • December 13, 2017

    Al Dotson Elected Managing Partner of Bilzin Sumberg

    In its nearly 20-year history, Miami firm Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP has had just one managing partner, but that changed Wednesday as the firm's partners voted to elevate government relations and public-private partnerships pro Al Dotson to the position.

  • December 13, 2017

    6th Circ. Revives $891M Hospital Chain Stock Fraud Suit

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday revived an $891 million proposed class action by shareholders accusing Community Health Systems Inc. of lying to cover up an alleged Medicare fraud scheme, saying an executive’s own admission helped pin down the cause of the costly stock drop.

  • December 13, 2017

    Boston Lab Again Fails To Dodge Whistleblower's FCA Suit

    A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has conceded that he previously conflated certain duties belonging to medical laboratories, but that did not mean he should reconsider his decision allowing a whistleblower to sue the Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp. for allegedly overbilling the government.

  • December 13, 2017

    Smaller Carriers Chafe At FCC Coverage Data Requirement

    A trade group representing smaller wireless carriers asked the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to revise its “simply incorrect” projection that data collection to determine eligibility for Mobility Fund subsidization of rural telecom infrastructure would not burden carriers.

  • December 13, 2017

    Medicaid Providers Not Paying For Long-Term Care, Suit Says

    An Illinois-based network of nursing homes slapped the state with a class action lawsuit on Tuesday, saying its Department of Healthcare and Family Services and several other state Medicaid contractors are not providing adequate benefits to patients receiving long-term care.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ga. Contractors Get 8 Years For Defrauding CDC

    A Georgia federal judge has sentenced the owners of a Georgia-based company that supplied drywall workers for construction projects to eight years each in prison for misrepresenting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that they had in fact withheld taxes from all workers, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    Contractor Sues Gov't To Stop Military Tire Contract

    A small supply chain management company on Tuesday hit the federal government with a suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking to stop a government contract for a global military tire program, saying a contracting officer used the wrong standard for it.

  • December 13, 2017

    Cancer Treatment Chain Looks To Wipe FCA Claims In Ch. 11

    Bankrupt cancer treatment chain 21st Century Oncology on Tuesday told a New York bankruptcy court that a whistleblower has not brought sufficiently specific allegations to stop it from wiping the slate clean of claims that it falsely charged for medical services done under a dirty contract with a Florida health system

  • December 13, 2017

    MVP: Arnold & Porter's Craig Holman

    Craig Holman, head of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP's government contracts and national security practices, has handled a wide variety of contracting disputes over his 23-year career, and his recent wins on behalf of Johnson Controls, L3 Technologies and a nonprofit serving the significantly disabled landed him a spot among Law360's 2017 Government Contracts MVPs.

  • December 13, 2017

    Consultant Pleads Guilty In Pa. Pay-To-Play Cases

    A political consultant indicted for his role in two pay-to-play schemes in the Pennsylvania cities of Reading and Allentown entered guilty pleas in both cases Tuesday, after initially indicating he would fight the federal charges.

  • December 12, 2017

    Trump Bans Kaspersky Security Products In US Gov't

    President Donald Trump approved legislation Tuesday banning Kaspersky Lab products from government information systems in response to concerns about potential security risks and ties to the Russian government.

  • December 12, 2017

    ASBCA Says Co.'s Stock Option Method Not Expressly Barred

    Luna Innovations shouldn't have been penalized by the Defense Contract Management Agency for a reimbursement request because the stock option costs included in a cost-pricing proposal were not expressly unallowable, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has ruled.

  • December 12, 2017

    11th Circ. Affirms Patient Recruiter Conviction In $2M Fraud

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday upheld the conviction of the owner of a Miami-area consulting and staffing company who was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a $2.3 million Medicare fraud scheme that saw him refer patients to home health care agencies in exchange for kickbacks.

  • December 12, 2017

    Amgen Whistleblower Was Original Source, 2nd Circ. Told

    An attorney for a whistleblower told the Second Circuit Tuesday that his client was an “original source” under the False Claims Act, because he showed Amgen Inc. knew it falsely promoted quality of life benefits for its anemia biologic Epogen.

  • December 12, 2017

    Investors In PowerSecure Stock Suit Out Of Tries At 4th Circ.

    The full Fourth Circuit on Tuesday summarily rejected an investor’s bid to reconsider its decision not to resuscitate a securities fraud case against PowerSecure International Inc. and its CEO, leaving shareholders who blamed the company when its stock price tanked with little recourse.

  • December 12, 2017

    Armored Truck Contractor Denied Move To Medical Prison

    The former CEO of a now-defunct military contractor that provided faulty armored trucks can’t transfer to a medical prison for treatment of his prostate cancer and can't shake a filing by prosecutors arguing that the jury rightfully convicted him, a Virginia federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Engineering Co. Blasts Tanzania's Bid To Nix $41M Road Suit

    An English civil engineering company Monday urged a D.C. federal court not to dismiss its $41.4 million suit seeking to enforce two foreign judgments against Tanzania over a road rehabilitation project, fighting the country’s claim of sovereign immunity.

  • December 12, 2017

    'McDonnell' Can't Upend Ex-Pa. County Official's Conviction

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in McDonnell v. United States limiting the scope of federal bribery law cannot be used to upset an ex-Pennsylvania county official’s conviction in a pay-to-play scheme, a federal judge agreed Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Lessons On Losses From 3 Recent FCA Settlements

    Garrett Mott

    Three recent False Claims Act settlements can teach health care organizations important lessons, such as how swiftly and transparently reacting to government inquiries can save a company's bottom line and the public's trust, says Garrett Mott of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • 4th Circ. Deals Blow To Securities Fraud Plaintiffs

    Colby Smith

    By cabining material misrepresentation and scienter within their respective domains, the Fourth Circuit in Maguire Financial v. PowerSecure highlighted the onerous bar securities fraud plaintiffs must meet for their claims to survive dismissal, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • Simplifying Federal Purchases Of Commercial Products

    Angela Styles

    The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the president on Tuesday, makes measurable strides forward in transforming the federal government’s commercial purchasing practices and signals a willingness to remove the regulatory burdens facing government purchasers and commercial companies, say Angela Styles and Robert Wagman of Bracewell LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.