Government Contracts

  • September 20, 2017

    Pa. Contractor To Pay $3.5M Over FAA Building Fire In NJ

    A Pennsylvania-based contractor has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the U.S. government to resolve a New Jersey federal court action alleging that the business caused a 2012 fire at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Atlantic City, authorities announced Tuesday.

  • September 20, 2017

    Data Theft Not Enough To Keep OPM Breach Suit, Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday nixed multidistrict litigation brought against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions in the wake of a massive data breach that compromised personal data belonging to 21.5 million current, former and prospective government employees, ruling that the theft of data alone was not enough to establish standing.

  • September 20, 2017

    Ex-Raytheon Engineer's Wrongful Termination Heads To Trial

    A former engineer for Raytheon Co. told a California federal jury Wednesday that the defense contractor fired him from his six-figure job as retaliation for blowing the whistle about alleged "timecard fraud" on government jobs.

  • September 20, 2017

    Rolls-Royce Wants FCA Claims Tossed, Atty DQ'd

    Rolls-Royce North America Inc. told a Texas federal court Tuesday that a former consultant accusing the company of improperly billing the U.S. Air Force for uncertified parts from crashed aircraft has made too-vague allegations and that his counsel once represented Rolls-Royce and should be disqualified.

  • September 20, 2017

    Leak Suspect Seeks Release Pending Trial

    A former government contractor accused of leaking classified information to a media outlet asked a Georgia federal judge Tuesday to reconsider her request for release on bail while she awaits her criminal trial, saying newly available facts support her request for conditional surrender.

  • September 20, 2017

    Fla. Doctor Gets 8 Years For Role In $4.8M Medicare Fraud

    A Florida doctor was sentenced Wednesday to eight years and one month behind bars for his role in a six-year, $4.8 million health care fraud scheme that involved the submission of false Medicare claims and illegal prescriptions of drugs including addictive opioids, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • September 20, 2017

    DC Councilman’s Estate Settles Out Of Bid-Rigging Suit

    The estate of a former Washington, D.C., councilman and the construction company that won the contract for a Washington-area subway rail station have settled out of a rival’s $100 million suit alleging that they conspired with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to rig bids for the project, according to a motion in D.C. federal court on Tuesday.

  • September 20, 2017

    DOD Poised To Take On Bigger Role In Background Checks

    Lawmakers are currently considering giving the U.S. Department of Defense direct control over background checks for its own employees and contractors. But even if they don’t, the official responsible for background investigations governmentwide told Law360 that the process — a perpetual thorn in contractors’ side — is likely to change.

  • September 20, 2017

    Armored Vehicle Co. Exec Says Feds Hid Docs In Fraud Case

    An armored vehicle company executive accused of criminal fraud related to a $6.3 million government contract asked a Virginia federal judge Tuesday to disqualify evidence provided by the company's former president, saying he improperly withheld from discovery his email correspondence with an FBI agent.

  • September 20, 2017

    Dallas Woman Pleads Guilty In $5.1M Medicare Fraud

    The administrator of a company that provided hearing-related services to Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes pled guilty in Texas federal court on Tuesday to taking part in a $5.1 million scheme to defraud Medicare.

  • September 20, 2017

    EXCLUSIVE: Boutique Tiber Hudson Forming In New York, DC

    Five lawyers are soon joining forces to open a boutique law firm — Tiber Hudson LLC — that will have offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., and will focus on real estate, securities, government contracts and banking, among other areas, one of the five attorneys told Law360 on Wednesday.

  • September 19, 2017

    GOP Lawmaker Applauds Trump's Defense Spending Plug

    Texas Republican Mac Thornberry on Tuesday cheered President Donald Trump’s shout-out to congressional efforts to boost defense spending up to $700 billion, saying the increase is needed to rebuild U.S. defense capabilities.

  • September 19, 2017

    Canada Won't Back Down From Boeing-Bombardier Dispute

    Canada will continue to push back against Boeing’s trade dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier even if Boeing wins a related dispute, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday, a day after threatening to cut off business with Boeing unless it drops its complaint.

  • September 19, 2017

    Air Force To Review Science And Technology Strategy

    The U.S. Air Force is initiating a yearlong review of its science and technology strategy, Air Force Secretary Heather A. Wilson said Monday at the Air Force Association’s annual Air and Space Conference in Washington.

  • September 19, 2017

    Insurer Wants Provider List Kept Secret In Fla. Contract Fight

    The winner of a contract to provide dental benefits for Florida's health insurance program for children asked a state appeals court Tuesday to overturn an order forcing the company to hand over a list of providers in response to a public records request by a losing bidder, arguing the list is a protected trade secret.

  • September 19, 2017

    Prosecutors Seek 5-Year Fraud Sentence For Ex-Tech Exec

    The president of a California company that built electric vehicle charging stations should spend four to five years in prison for defrauding local and state governments out of grant funds, prosecutors told an Illinois federal judge on Monday, describing the scheme as “calculated and sustained.”

  • September 19, 2017

    Ex-K&L Gates Atty Escapes Sanctions Over Withheld Evidence

    A California federal judge declined Monday to sanction generic-drug maker Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its former K&L Gates attorney for withholding evidence in a since-dismissed False Claims Act suit, saying the counsel acted improperly but not necessarily in bad faith.

  • September 18, 2017

    Senate Ducks Issues In Passing $700B Defense Reform Bill

    The Senate passed a $700 billion defense budget and policy bill Monday, advancing purchasing and IT reforms amid continued wrestling in Congress over mandatory defense spending caps.

  • September 18, 2017

    10th Circ. Bars FCA Suit Based On First-To-File Rule

    The Tenth Circuit on Monday, in a reversal of a lower court’s ruling, shot down a lawyer’s attempt to revive his former client’s False Claims Act suit as a relator, saying the suit is barred under an FCA provision prohibiting new relators from intervening in pending FCA actions.

  • September 18, 2017

    Coal Leasing Review Must Cover Climate Change, Enviros Say

    Environmental groups asked the D.C. Circuit on Friday to force the federal government to reexamine the environmental impacts of its coal leasing program in order to consider climate change, arguing that doing so was required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Expert Analysis

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • History Shows Infrastructure Plans Need Better Oversight

    Robert Epstein

    History offers many examples of public construction projects marred by cost overruns, delays and catastrophic failures. As major new infrastructure plans are contemplated, government oversight of public works projects must improve, say Robert Epstein and Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • When A SOX Whistleblower Claim Applies Extraterritorially

     Matthew LaGarde

    The recent decision from the U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board in Blanchard v. Exelis Systems is important because it makes clear that, so long as the misconduct reported by the employee affects the United States in “some significant way,” the Sarbanes-Oxley Act will apply extraterritorially, says Matthew LaGarde of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • 5 Ways To Fix The False Claims Act

    Krista Cooley

    In the mortgage industry, allegations abound that the U.S. Department of Justice has abused its power by cajoling and pressuring False Claims Act settlements with questionable legal foundation on the bet that few want to be sued by the federal government. Lenders may be more willing to sue and be sued by the government if the FCA more clearly defined what constitutes a violation, say Krista Cooley and Laurence Platt of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Opinion

    Congress Must Do More To Speed Up DOD Cyber Acquisitions

    Daniel Schoeni

    The slow pace of cyber acquisitions constitutes a significant vulnerability. Congress has relieved some of the U.S. Department of Defense's regulatory burden in the past two years, but the streamlining efforts do not go nearly far enough to deter our enemies, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Can I Protest Additional IDIQ Awards? Depends Who You Ask

    Aron Beezley

    Most seasoned bid protest attorneys have been asked by a client, “Can my company protest the addition of other contractors to the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity pool?” As the Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in AAR Airlift illustrates, the answer to this question is “yes and no,” says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • The SBA All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, 1 Year Later

    Katie Flood

    In October, it will be one year since the Small Business Administration began accepting applications to its All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. During this time, we have been able to draw some lessons regarding the SBA's approach to the application process, says Katie Flood of PilieroMazza PLLC.