Government Contracts

  • January 20, 2017

    Texas Justices Won't Hear Developer's Appeal Over Deed Spat

    The Texas Supreme Court Friday denied a petition from a developer seeking $9 million from a Dallas suburb for building a library on land the company sold the city, claiming the construction violated terms of the deed.

  • January 20, 2017

    General Fed Contractors Can Recoup Atty Fees: 11th Circ.

    An Eleventh Circuit panel’s unpublished opinion Friday revived a bid by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs general contractor and its insurer sureties to recoup attorneys' fees on a dropped subcontractor suit alleging shorted payment, concluding the law doesn’t limit attorneys' fees from such suits only to subcontractors.

  • January 20, 2017

    Senate Moves Forward On CIA Director Nomination

    After objections from Democrats on Friday the Senate agreed to a Monday vote on President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director, leaving the new administration with just two appointees approved after its first day in office.

  • January 20, 2017

    Mesa Says Windstream Award Backs Its Energy Case

    Mesa Power Group LLC, which is fighting to revive its CA$775 million ($600 million) claim against Canada over the Ontario government's allegedly unfair renewable energy regulatory process, urged a D.C. federal court on Thursday to view its case as similar to one recently won by Windstream Energy LLC.

  • January 20, 2017

    Senate Approves Defense Sec. As 1st Trump Cabinet Member

    The Defense Department will have a new head, as the Senate approved the nomination of a former Marine general hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in Friday, the first member of the new president’s cabinet.

  • January 20, 2017

    Watchdog Urges GSA To Revoke Trump Hotel Lease

    Donald Trump had been president for less than an hour when Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington pressed the GSA to revoke Trump’s lease for a recently opened hotel in a federally owned D.C. building, citing a conflict-of-interest provision prohibiting government officials from profiting off the property.

  • January 20, 2017

    GAO Says It Saved $63B For Gov't In 2016

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday said it had helped save the federal government more than $63 billion in fiscal 2016, pointing to efforts such as helping to stem improper Medicare payments, cut procurement costs, and streamline tax collection.

  • January 20, 2017

    Trump Aims To Guard US Interests In Trade, Jobs

    Shortly after being sworn in Friday, President Donald J. Trump laid out a vision for his administration that he said would put “America first” through a regime of tax, international trade and immigration policy meant to increase job creation and protect U.S. interests.

  • January 20, 2017

    DOD Contractors Settle Claims Of Shoddy Storage For $2.5M

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced a nearly $2.5 million settlement Thursday resolving whistleblower allegations in Texas federal court accusing a pair of U.S. Department of Defense contractors of selling steel storage containers that didn’t meet the required industry standards. 

  • January 19, 2017

    Blecher Collins Settles $50M Malpractice Row, Ending Trial

    Blecher Collins & Pepperman PC on Thursday told a California judge it had reached a settlement resolving a military products consultant's $50 million malpractice suit accusing the firm of bungling a contract dispute, ending the parties' jury trial just after their opening statements.

  • January 19, 2017

    Alleged Ringleader Pleads Guilty In $175M Health Fraud

    The alleged ringleader of a scheme that used call centers and kickbacks to generate bogus prescriptions and bilk government and private insurers for $175 million pled guilty Thursday in Florida federal court.

  • January 19, 2017

    Fla. AG Files Water Chemical Antitrust Suit In NJ

    Florida's attorney general filed an antitrust suit in New Jersey federal court Thursday that accuses liquid aluminum sulfate producers of conspiring to restrain trade and drive up prices on the chemical, which is used by public entities for water treatment and by companies to make pulp and paper.

  • January 19, 2017

    Rolling Back Regulation In The Age Of Trump

    The incoming president’s plans to rein in the power of federal agencies will lead to uncertainty for lawyers and their clients as pending investigations and rulemaking are stopped in their tracks.

  • January 19, 2017

    Most Influential Judges On Trump’s Supreme Court Short List

    A new look at the potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees’ rulings reveals a ranking of judicial influence with some surprises at the top — and at the bottom.

  • January 19, 2017

    The Lawyer Who Will Shape Trump’s Presidency

    Jones Day’s Donald McGahn is stepping into the role of White House counsel, a powerful but little-understood position that has a strong history of impacting the president’s authority.

  • January 19, 2017

    In The Polarized Era Of Trump, BigLaw Searches For Balance

    The alignment of law firms with or against the new administration in legal battles to come could open rifts among attorneys and clients. But the publicity earned for taking on a potentially unpopular case could ultimately be worth any public fallout.

  • January 19, 2017

    Walgreens To Pay $50M To Settle Feds' Kickback Claims

    Walgreen Co. will pay $50 million to settle allegations that it gave kickbacks to government health care beneficiaries who it enrolled in its Prescription Savings Club discount and incentives program, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • January 19, 2017

    BioScrip Investors Try To Save Suit After Targeting New Board

    BioScrip Inc. stockholder attorneys worked to rescue their corporate wrongdoing lawsuit against company directors in a hearing Thursday in the wake of an earlier, groundbreaking Chancery Court ruling that obliged them to amend their original action and target a different slate of directors.

  • January 19, 2017

    Kasowitz Snags Ex-Morgan Lewis White Collar Pro In LA

    Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP has hired a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP white collar partner and federal prosecutor who has tried dozens of cases, including the wiretapping case against Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano, the firm said Wednesday.

  • January 19, 2017

    Inmate Call Case Stays On Track Amid Looming FCC Changes

    The D.C. Circuit refused Wednesday to pause a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's attempt to reform inmate calling rates, even as one judge dissented given the coming shift to a new Republican majority at the commission that took issue with the Obama era-move.

Expert Analysis

  • Escobar's FCA Compliance Lessons For Health Care Cos.

    Steve Sorett

    The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Escobar is by now well known to public contract law practitioners for adopting a more expansive view of the False Claims Act. But for the health care industry, Escobar is yet another reminder of the dire consequences that can result from failing to set up effective compliance programs, say Steve Sorett and Joseph Fuller of Kutak Rock LLP.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Government Contracts Under The Trump Administration

    Joseph R. Berger

    President-elect Donald Trump will usher in a new era for government contractors, much like Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton before him. Joseph Berger of Thompson Hine LLP discusses 10 areas to watch.

  • 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.