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Government Contracts

  • November 16, 2018

    Feds' Late Evidence Causes Mistrial In $16M Fraud Suit

    The fraud trial of a former Defense Department official and a government contractor accused of partaking in a $15.7 million kickback scheme will have to start over, a Virginia federal judge has ruled, finding the men might've switched up their trial tactics if they had had time to review thousands of documents prosecutors revealed midtrial.

  • November 15, 2018

    US Must Use 'Full Toolkit' To Fight Cybercrime: Ex-DOJ Chief

    John P. Carlin, who ran the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division before going into private practice, tells Law360 how a deterrence campaign can help America win its "code war" against Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. He also shares advice for firms deciding whether to tell authorities about cyberattacks.

  • November 15, 2018

    Notice Requirement Would Undermine Medicare, HHS Says

    Requiring a notice-and-comment period anytime the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instructs its billing contractors on Medicare reimbursement policies would undermine the government’s ability to administer the program, HHS has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • November 15, 2018

    Subcontractor Stiffed $4M For Army Airfield Work, Suit Says

    A Florida-based contractor failed to pay one of its subcontractors for at least $4 million worth of work, materials and equipment provided as part of an infrastructure project at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii, the subcontractor alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2018

    DOD Fails First-Ever Financial Audit, Official Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense has “failed” its first departmentwide financial audit, the DOD’s second-highest official revealed Thursday at the Pentagon.

  • November 15, 2018

    DOJ Sharpens Gov't Fraud Focus, Adds Merger Review Clarity

    The U.S. Department of Justice will sharpen its focus on bringing competition cases in which the government itself has been defrauded by bid-rigging and similar conduct, DOJ Antitrust Division head Makan Delrahim said in a speech Thursday, adding that the agency would seek triple damages when defendants refuse to settle.

  • November 15, 2018

    Republican Groups Attack SEC Pay-For-Play Rule In DC Circ.

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission overstepped its authority by trying to stop regulated agents who make political donations from later soliciting the recipient's agency for investment advisory business, two Republican state parties told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Perkins Coie Adds Gov’t Contracts Atty From Cooley

    Perkins Coie LLP has snagged a veteran government contracts litigator from Cooley LLP who has aided a contractor battling to preserve a $49 million military staff support contract amid a flurry of bid protests, as a partner for its Washington, D.C., office.

  • November 15, 2018

    DOD Reaches $23B Deal With Lockheed For More F-35s

    The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin Corp. have reached a preliminary deal for 255 F-35 fighter jets for the U.S. and foreign partners worth up to $22.7 billion, the largest order yet for the aircraft, the DOD has announced.

  • November 14, 2018

    S. Korean Cos. On Hook For $236M In Bid-Rigging Conspiracy

    Three South Korea-based oil refiners and logistics companies pled guilty Wednesday to rigging bids on U.S. Department of Defense fuel supply contracts, violating the Sherman Antitrust Act, and agreed to pay $236 million in criminal fines and civil damages, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 14, 2018

    Transport Agency Beats Ex-Worker's Corruption Claims

    A Missouri federal judge threw out a case Wednesday that claimed a Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District development agency cheated the government out of millions in federal funds for its operations and capital improvements, and used the money to make political paybacks, finding no evidence the agency violated federal anti-corruption laws.

  • November 14, 2018

    Calif. Jury Deadlocks In J-M Bad Pipes Damages Bellwether

    A California federal judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday in a bellwether False Claims Act suit against J-M Manufacturing after a jury deadlocked on the amount the company owes, if any, to a group of municipalities that paid $2.1 million for pipes that didn't uniformly meet industry strength standards.

  • November 14, 2018

    DOJ Poised To Squeeze FCA Testimony From Anthem

    The U.S. Department of Justice is entitled to testimony from Anthem Inc. as part of a False Claims Act probe of potential Medicare Advantage fraud, a New York magistrate judge has decided.

  • November 14, 2018

    Oracle Protest Over $10B JEDI Cloud Deal Denied

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday denied an Oracle unit's protest over the U.S. Department of Defense's pending $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract, saying the DOD acted reasonably when it chose to use a single vendor for the deal.

  • November 14, 2018

    Senate Passes Coast Guard Bill With Ballast Compromise

    A bill reauthorizing the U.S. Coast Guard heads back to the House of Representatives on Wednesday after the Senate voted to pass a version of the legislation that includes a compromise over how the federal government will regulate ship ballast and discharge.

  • November 14, 2018

    Retired Navy Capt. Cops To Role In 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Case

    A retired U.S. Navy captain pled guilty Tuesday to his role in the sweeping “Fat Leonard” bribery scheme related to Navy port services contracts, as a former master chief petty officer was also sentenced to 17 months in prison for his involvement.

  • November 14, 2018

    EU Approves $121M To Make German Buses Greener

    The European Commission has greenlighted €107 million ($121 million) in public funds to help Germany make its diesel buses more environmentally friendly, the commission said Wednesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    US To Pay Contractor $1.1M For SC Nuclear Facility Work

    The National Nuclear Security Administration must pay at least $1.1 million in withheld cash to the company tasked with designing, building and running a now-canceled nuclear fuel facility in South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims said Friday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Janssen 'Doublespeak' Fueled Opioid Crisis, NJ Suit Says

    Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. fanned the flames of the opioid crisis by using an elaborate campaign of deceptive marketing, including “doublespeak” that touted the company’s opioid painkillers as unlike most opioids, New Jersey alleged in a suit filed Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    GAO Urges Defense Dept. To Clarify Lowest Price Deal Criteria

    The U.S. Department of Defense needs to clarify its requirements around using the lowest price, technically acceptable contracting model, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Tuesday, claiming the DOD wasn’t yet consistently following lawmakers’ mandates for LPTA deals.

Expert Analysis

  • For Corrective Action Protests, Early Is Not On Time

    Amy Conant Hoang

    Unfortunately, sometimes only a narrow gap exists between a premature and an untimely corrective action challenge, as evidenced by the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in 360 IT Integrated Solutions, say Amy Conant Hoang and Erica Bakies of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • When International Arbitration Becomes Domestic

    Claudia Salomon

    Many global companies prefer to enter into contracts with foreign counterparties through a locally incorporated affiliate. This approach might help streamline business relationships and confer certain tax advantages, but the validity of the arbitration clauses in such contracts rarely has been tested, say Claudia Salomon and Irina Sivachenko of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • What To Expect From New Democratic Investigation Efforts

    Reginald Brown

    The new Democratic House majority is expected to direct much of its attention to executive branch oversight and accountability. Companies and their legal counsel should be prepared for a dramatically changed collateral environment as investigations cover a wide range of topics, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.