Government Contracts

  • December 15, 2017

    Entergy Doesn’t Owe ‘Bandwidth Payments,’ D.C. Circ. Told

    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.”

  • December 15, 2017

    Scammers Use FEMA-Like Logo To Bilk Maria Victims: Report

    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.

  • December 15, 2017

    NASA Stresses Human Element In Navy Jet Oxygen Issues

    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.

  • December 15, 2017

    Air Force Awards $6.7B Engine Contract To Pratt & Whitney

    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.

  • December 15, 2017

    No Kickback Penalties For Nursing Home Discounts, OIG Says

    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.

  • December 15, 2017

    Gov't Tax Dispute Over FBI Office Space Will Go To Trial

    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.

  • December 15, 2017

    MVP: Blank Rome's David Nadler

    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.

  • December 14, 2017

    $6.5M Investor Deal Preceded Leidos High Court Cancellation

    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.

  • December 14, 2017

    Ex-Cuomo Aide Pleads Not Guilty In Bribery Case

    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.

  • December 14, 2017

    DaVita Unit To Pay $64M To Resolve FCA, Kickback Claims

    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.

  • December 14, 2017

    Armed Services Chair Backs Temporary Funding Bill

    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.”

  • December 14, 2017

    NC Prosthetics Co. Ran $12M Medicaid Fraud, Gov't Says

    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.

  • December 14, 2017

    MVP: Vinson & Elkins' Craig Margolis

    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.

  • December 13, 2017

    Al Dotson Elected Managing Partner of Bilzin Sumberg

    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.

  • December 13, 2017

    6th Circ. Revives $891M Hospital Chain Stock Fraud Suit

    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.

  • December 13, 2017

    Boston Lab Again Fails To Dodge Whistleblower's FCA Suit

    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.

  • December 13, 2017

    Smaller Carriers Chafe At FCC Coverage Data Requirement

    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.

  • December 13, 2017

    Medicaid Providers Not Paying For Long-Term Care, Suit Says

    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.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ga. Contractors Get 8 Years For Defrauding CDC

    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.

  • December 13, 2017

    Contractor Sues Gov't To Stop Military Tire Contract

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    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.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Voice In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    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.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    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.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    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.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    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.

  • Lessons On Losses From 3 Recent FCA Settlements

    Garrett Mott

    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.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    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.

  • 4th Circ. Deals Blow To Securities Fraud Plaintiffs

    Colby Smith

    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.

  • Simplifying Federal Purchases Of Commercial Products

    Angela Styles

    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.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    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.