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Government Contracts

  • December 7, 2018

    Motorola Wins Bid To Send Two-Way Radio Suit To Illinois

    Motorola Solutions Inc. has won its bid to transfer from New Jersey to Illinois a federal antitrust lawsuit by Hytera Communications Corp. accusing the telecommunications giant of unlawfully monopolizing the land mobile radios market, with a judge finding that the claims arose in the Prairie State.

  • December 7, 2018

    Lockheed To Use Swedish Co.'s Software In $3.5B Army Deal

    Lockheed Martin has reached an agreement with IFS to use the Swedish software company's supply chain and logistics applications in its work for the U.S. Army under a roughly $3.5 billion contract to maintain training systems, according to a Thursday announcement.

  • December 7, 2018

    NY Builder Gets 3 Years For Bribery, 'Buffalo Billion' Fraud

    The former president of COR Development Co. was sentenced to three years in prison Friday, following his conviction for bribing a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his role in a scheme to rig bids for hundreds of millions of dollars in state development contracts.

  • December 7, 2018

    FCC Halts $4.5B Subsidy Project To Probe Carrier Data

    The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it's opening an investigation into whether major carriers fudged nationwide coverage maps submitted within a $4.53 billion agency initiative to bring high-speed access to rural areas, pausing the project after early looks at carrier data pointed to "significant violations" of the rules.

  • December 7, 2018

    Navy Awards SeaPort Contract With Potential $50B Value

    The U.S. Navy is awarding 1,870 multiple-award contracts worth an estimated $5 billion per year for up to 10 years to businesses for engineering support services and program management support services under its SeaPort Next Generation multiple-award contract vehicle, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 6, 2018

    NY Developer Gets 2 1/2 Years For 'Buffalo Billion' Bid-Rigging

    A founder and former general counsel for upstate New York developer COR Development Co. LLC on Thursday was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for his role in an alleged scheme to rig bids for upwards of $600 million in development projects including in the state's "Buffalo Billion" program.

  • December 6, 2018

    Raydon Sued Over Employee Plan's $60.5M Share Buy

    Raydon Corp. and two of its executives were hit with a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action in Florida federal court Thursday, alleging that they wrongly let an employee stock ownership plan purchase all of the government contractor's stock for the inflated price of $60.5 million.

  • December 6, 2018

    Oakland Is Interfering With Shipping Terminal, Developer Says

    An Oakland cargo shipping terminal developer has taken its fight over proposed coal operations at the facility to state court, accusing the city of spending the last few years working to obstruct the project, despite previously giving its blessing.

  • December 6, 2018

    Congress Passes Bill To Fund Gov't Through Dec. 21

    Congress passed legislation Thursday that will at least temporarily avert a partial federal government shutdown, putting off divisive debates over border security and a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border until just before Christmas.

  • December 6, 2018

    Actelion To Pay $360M To Resolve Copay Kickback Claims

    Swiss pharmaceutical giant Actelion will pay the government $360 million to settle charges it gave money to a copay assistance program to help Medicare patients buy its pulmonary arterial hypertension drugs, payments that amounted to an illegal kickback scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 6, 2018

    MVP: Arnold & Porter's Craig Holman

    Craig Holman of Arnold & Porter helped a British marine services firm settle a closely watched False Claim Acts case involving the U.S. government that drew headlines this past year, placing him among Law360’s 2018 Government Contracts MVPs.

  • December 5, 2018

    Medicare Lab Pay Can Be Challenged In Court, DC Circ. Told

    A federal judge misread which parts of a Medicare reimbursement law could be challenged in court, the American Clinical Laboratory Association has told the D.C. Circuit in hope of reviving its challenge to cuts for lab payments.

  • December 5, 2018

    Ex-CFPB Student Loan Official Fights Navient Subpoena

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s former student loan ombudsman who resigned in protest has moved to block Navient Corp. from deposing him in the agency’s suit against the student loan servicing giant, saying that he’s legally barred from testifying “even if he wanted to spill the beans about privileged and confidential matters arising from his government service.”

  • December 5, 2018

    Senate May Target Saudi Arms Sales In Sanctions Bill

    Senators said Wednesday they're crafting sanctions that could target United States arms sales to Saudi Arabia, following briefings on the crown prince's alleged involvement in the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

  • December 5, 2018

    Watt Tieder Brings Construction Practice To Boston

    Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP announced it has opened a new office in Boston, with the intent to give the firm's construction and surety practice a new foothold in the Northeast.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 5, 2018

    MVP: Wiley Rein's Kara M. Sacilotto

    Wiley Rein LLP partner Kara M. Sacilotto played a key role in successfully protesting the U.S. Transportation Command’s award of an $8 billion freight transportation contract and helped secure the contract for her firm’s client, Crowley Logistics Inc., placing her among Law360’s 2018 Government Contracts MVPs.

  • December 4, 2018

    DC, Md. AGs Seek Trump Org. Tax Records In Emoluments Suit

    The attorneys general of Washington, D.C., and Maryland said Tuesday they’ve begun issuing several subpoenas, including to the Trump Organization and the U.S. Treasury, as part of a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump violated the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause.

Expert Analysis

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Why The High Court Will Hear Cochise Consultancy V. US

    Matthew Curley

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear Cochise Consultancy v. United States ex rel. Hunt, which deepened the circuit split over how the False Claims Act’s statute of limitations applies in certain qui tam actions. The decision should bring sorely needed clarity, say Matthew Curley and Scott Gallisdorfer of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • OFCCP Employee Selection Guidance: A Few Misconceptions

    Richard Fischer

    Meeting the scope and variety of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' adjunct employee selection requirements is a continuing challenge for contractors. Richard Fischer, research psychologist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former OFCCP testing expert, debunks some common misinterpretations.

  • A Welcome DOJ Shift On Cooperation Credit

    John Nowak

    Changes announced last week by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will likely make it easier for a company to obtain cooperation credit in criminal and civil cases, while also potentially reducing some of the costs and burdens associated with complying with the prior U.S. Department of Justice policy, says John Nowak of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • More Novation Complexity In Gov't Contracts M&A?

    Scott Freling

    Recent decisions illustrate the complexity of M&A transactions that involve novation of multiple award task order contracts. There are certain steps government contractors can take to help minimize risk in such transactions, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 2

    Brian Kriegler

    In the final part of this article, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. uses a hypothetical wage-and-hour example involving on-duty meal period agreements to simplify the application of stratified random sampling for correct use in a legal setting.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 1

    Brian Kriegler

    Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. explains when it might be advantageous to select a random sample that has been divided into multiple subpopulations, such as when evaluating the rate at which a large medical provider submitted ineligible Medicare reimbursements over 10 years.

  • HHS OIG Opinion Raises Questions On Free Drug Offers

    Jeffrey Mittleman

    A recent advisory opinion from the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — responding to a proposal to provide hospitals with a free specialty drug — took a striking deviation from the traditional advisory opinion process, say Jeffrey Mittleman and Andrew Namkung of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.