Government Contracts

  • October 16, 2017

    Agents' Vague Answers Mixed Bag For Defense In $1B Fraud

    Counsel for a Florida businessman charged with orchestrating a $1 billion health care fraud drew some potentially helpful testimony from two federal agents Monday in his bid to disqualify the prosecution team for allegedly violating the suspect's attorney-client privilege, but also struggled to nail down key details.

  • October 16, 2017

    Fox, Cook County Face Claims Filming Hurt Youth Detainees

    Twentieth Century Fox and Cook County couldn't escape claims Monday that they unfairly profited from the use of the county's juvenile detention center to film parts of the Fox TV show “Empire,” putting the facility on lockdown so the center’s detainees could not participate in the activities meant to rehabilitate them.

  • October 16, 2017

    Ex-Navy Comptroller To Serve 3 Years For Kickback Scheme

    A former Navy comptroller who oversaw the budget of a regional maintenance facility was sentenced in Virginia federal court Friday to 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to allegations he collaborated with a defense contractor in a scheme to defraud the federal government of millions of dollars.

  • October 16, 2017

    Leidos Settles Fraud Suit Ahead Of High Court Arguments

    Government contractor Leidos Inc. and a proposed class of investors who accused it of fraud have settled their proposed class action just a month before they were set to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court about a Second Circuit decision that brought the plaintiffs' case back to life.

  • October 16, 2017

    Ghana Wants To Toss $13M Award Over Electricity Row

    The Republic of Ghana urged a D.C. federal judge Friday to dismiss a case seeking to enforce a $13.35 million arbitral award issued against it after a disputed power purchase agreement, arguing the award was based on an invalid agreement in the first place.

  • October 16, 2017

    Accused ICE Impersonator Denies Role In Bribery Scheme

    A Florida resident on Monday pled not guilty to charges he impersonated a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent as part of an alleged scheme by employees of a GEO Group Co. subsidiary to charge immigrants thousands of dollars to prematurely remove their electronic monitoring braces.

  • October 16, 2017

    Fresenius Can't Duck FCA Claims Over Hepatitis B Tests

    Fresenius Medical Care can’t scrap parts of the federal government’s complaint in a False Claims Act suit over allegedly unnecessary hepatitis B tests billed to Medicare, a Massachusetts federal magistrate judge said Friday, rejecting arguments that the government can’t add claims that weren’t in the whistleblower’s original filing.

  • October 16, 2017

    PharMerica Says FCA Whistleblowers Got Info Secondhand

    PharMerica Inc. and two whistleblowers accusing the company of accepting kickbacks from drugmaker Organon USA Inc. on Friday sparred in Massachusetts federal court over whether the relators are eligible to bring a False Claims Act lawsuit, as the company claims they didn't get their information firsthand.

  • October 13, 2017

    DOJ Drops Medicare Advantage Suit Against UnitedHealth

    The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped a closely watched False Claims Act suit accusing UnitedHealth Group Inc. of defrauding Medicare Advantage, apparently bowing to a California federal judge’s recent evisceration of the case.

  • October 13, 2017

    AIG, Office Depot Case May Limit Coverage In Fraud Cases

    AIG has asked the Ninth Circuit to affirm that a California law precluding coverage for willful acts means Office Depot can’t be indemnified for defense and possible settlement costs in a suit alleging it overbilled public agencies, and attorneys say a decision in favor of the insurer could lead to widespread coverage denials for fraud-based claims.

  • October 13, 2017

    Feds Slam Researcher's Bid To Revive FCA Counterclaims

    The federal government on Thursday slammed an energy researcher’s request that a South Dakota federal court reconsider its August decision tossing his counterclaims against the U.S. in a False Claims Act suit over claims the researcher fraudulently obtained a $100,000 National Science Foundation grant, saying his arguments are “little more than nonsense.”

  • October 13, 2017

    IRS Suspends Equifax's $7.25M Fraud Prevention Contract

    The IRS has suspended its $7.25 million contract with Equifax Inc. involving taxpayer identity verification services, a company spokesperson confirmed with Law360 on Friday, a move that follows lawmakers’ questioning about why the credit-reporting agency got a contract after it suffered a massive security breach.

  • October 13, 2017

    Tech Co. Wins Intelligence Agency's $1B IT Management Deal

    Science and technology company Leidos has won an almost $1 billion contract to provide information technology management services to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, according to a statement Thursday.

  • October 12, 2017

    AIG Fights Revival Of Office Depot FCA Coverage Battle

    AIG Specialty Insurance Co. on Thursday told the Ninth Circuit that a lower court properly ruled Office Depot isn't entitled to coverage for its costs to defend and settle a whistleblower's accusations that it overbilled public entities, saying a California insurance statute forbids insurance for such claims.

  • October 12, 2017

    What To Expect As BigLaw Vet Eric Hargan Runs HHS

    Eric Hargan, the BigLaw veteran who’s now leading the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a conservative pragmatist whose approach to dialing back Obama administration regulations will likely be forceful but targeted, former colleagues tell Law360.

  • October 12, 2017

    GAO Torpedoes S. Korean Co.'s US Navy Contract Protest

    A South Korean company that responded to the U.S. Navy’s request for contractors to provide services such as fueling and supplies to ships stopping at ports in East Asia can’t protest the bidding process because it will likely be awarded a contract, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Tuesday.

  • October 12, 2017

    House Passes $36.5B Disaster Aid Bill

    The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $36.5 billion hurricane and wildfire relief bill, sending a measure to the Senate that includes aid to California, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • October 12, 2017

    Ex-Army Manager, Biz Owners Get Prison For Humvee Scheme

    A Michigan former Army manager received 46 months in prison from a Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday for his role in a kickback and tax evasion scheme involving a part manufactured for Humvees, the day after the owners of a Pennsylvania company that made the part also received prison time.

  • October 12, 2017

    7th Circ. Won't Grant Cert. To Union Fee Challengers

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld a district court’s denial of class certification to a group of home health care workers challenging union fees charged to nonmembers, saying there was no evidence of a common class injury.

  • October 12, 2017

    Retired Colonel Pleads Not Guilty In Haiti Bribe Plot

    A retired Army colonel pled not guilty in Boston federal court Thursday to charges that he conspired to help bribe Haitian officials to secure approvals for an $84 million port project.

Expert Analysis

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • An Important Message For Midsized Government Contractors

    Thomas McVey

    Government contracts firms frequently ask questions about the application of International Traffic In Arms Regulations requirements, including how ITAR is applied to small and midsized companies. The Bright Lights case squarely addresses many of these questions, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.

  • How Conduct Abroad Impacts Health Care Business In US

    Alison Fethke

    Given the uptick in global awareness and enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption laws, most U.S.-based health care companies are attuned to the risks associated with legal infractions caused by their operations and conduct abroad. However, such ex-U.S. activities may also impact health care companies’ ability to conduct business within the U.S., say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Steps For Government Contractors To Take After Hurricanes

    Jay DeVecchio

    For government contractors, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will continue to cause delays, increases in costs, and material shortages and damage. Most contractors will be entitled to contract schedule relief. But they may not be entitled to additional compensation, say Jay DeVecchio and Lauren Horneffer of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Employers Should Be Wary Of Turning Over Employee Info

    Meg Inomata

    An administrative law judge's recent decision to substantially limit the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s demand for employee contact information from Google demonstrates that employers can, and should, request judicial intervention before producing their employees’ confidential information for the government, private litigants or opposing counsel, says Meg Inomata of Vedder Price PC.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.