The Arkansas Public Service Commission urged a D.C. Circuit panel in oral arguments Friday to upend a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision holding an Entergy unit to millions of dollars in “bandwidth payments.”
Fraudsters are attempting to extract payment and personal information from survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by using knock-off Federal Emergency Management Agency logos to advertise assistance with agency paperwork, a Department of Homeland Security watchdog has warned.
The U.S. Navy needs to focus on the human element and not just the aircraft if it wants to address pilot breathing problems on fighter jets, according to a recent report by NASA.
Aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been awarded as much as $6.7 billion for an eight-year contract to sustain its F119 fighter engines for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday.
A startup company won’t be hit with kickback penalties for arranging nursing home discounts for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries who have private health insurance, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday.
A dispute between the General Services Administration and the owner of a Washington, D.C., commercial building over the government’s tax obligation for rented office space must go to trial, a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge said Thursday.
Blank Rome LLP’s David Nadler and his team of government contract attorneys helped helicopter operator Columbia Helicopters successfully defend against a competitor's bid protests challenging a $1 billion contract to provide helicopters in Afghanistan, landing him among Law360’s 2017 Government Contracts MVPs.
Shareholders reached a $6.5 million proposed settlement sans attorneys’ fees in a fraud suit against Leidos Inc.’s predecessor SAIC Inc. in a case that was previously set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a proposal filed Wednesday in New York federal court.
A former aide of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and three others pled not guilty on Wednesday to an expanded indictment tied to alleged bribes for higher education and energy projects, ahead of a trial set for January.
The pharmacy unit of DaVita Inc. has agreed to pay $63.7 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that it improperly billed and overcharged federal and state health care programs and violated the Anti-Kickback Statute by providing financial inducements to patients, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, urged colleagues Wednesday to pass a contentious bill to fully fund the military through fiscal 2018 and renew a children’s health care program while only temporarily extending other federal spending, saying defense funding should not be used as a “political football.”
A North Carolina prosthetics provider billed Medicaid for $12 million in durable medical equipment it never purchased, provided to patients or needed, the state and federal governments alleged Wednesday in a False Claims Act suit.
Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Craig Margolis has guided defense contractors through False Claims Act and other fraud litigation in the past year, including helping KBR Inc. beat a former employee’s long-running suit accusing the company of accepting kickbacks, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s 2017 Government Contracts MVPs.
In its nearly 20-year history, Miami firm Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP has had just one managing partner, but that changed Wednesday as the firm's partners voted to elevate government relations and public-private partnerships pro Al Dotson to the position.
The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday revived an $891 million proposed class action by shareholders accusing Community Health Systems Inc. of lying to cover up an alleged Medicare fraud scheme, saying an executive’s own admission helped pin down the cause of the costly stock drop.
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has conceded that he previously conflated certain duties belonging to medical laboratories, but that did not mean he should reconsider his decision allowing a whistleblower to sue the Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp. for allegedly overbilling the government.
A trade group representing smaller wireless carriers asked the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to revise its “simply incorrect” projection that data collection to determine eligibility for Mobility Fund subsidization of rural telecom infrastructure would not burden carriers.
An Illinois-based network of nursing homes slapped the state with a class action lawsuit on Tuesday, saying its Department of Healthcare and Family Services and several other state Medicaid contractors are not providing adequate benefits to patients receiving long-term care.
A Georgia federal judge has sentenced the owners of a Georgia-based company that supplied drywall workers for construction projects to eight years each in prison for misrepresenting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that they had in fact withheld taxes from all workers, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.
A small supply chain management company on Tuesday hit the federal government with a suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking to stop a government contract for a global military tire program, saying a contracting officer used the wrong standard for it.
Federal courts across the country are handing down important rulings interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on False Claims Act liability in Universal Health Services v. Escobar. As the rulings keep pouring in, stay up to speed on Law360’s latest coverage and analysis of Escobar’s impact.
Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.
We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials.
U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.
It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.
In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.
Three recent False Claims Act settlements can teach health care organizations important lessons, such as how swiftly and transparently reacting to government inquiries can save a company's bottom line and the public's trust, says Garrett Mott of Hanson Bridgett LLP.
More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.
By cabining material misrepresentation and scienter within their respective domains, the Fourth Circuit in Maguire Financial v. PowerSecure highlighted the onerous bar securities fraud plaintiffs must meet for their claims to survive dismissal, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the president on Tuesday, makes measurable strides forward in transforming the federal government’s commercial purchasing practices and signals a willingness to remove the regulatory burdens facing government purchasers and commercial companies, say Angela Styles and Robert Wagman of Bracewell LLP.
The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.