DynCorp asked a Florida federal judge Friday to reopen its suit accusing a unit of AAR Airlift Group of stealing its secrets to score a $10 billion U.S. Department of State counternarcotics services contract, saying the parties hadn’t been able to come to terms on a previously announced settlement deal.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday ruled federal prosecutors will have to prove a pair of Boston City Hall aides directly benefited when they allegedly pressured a music festival to hire unneeded union labor, upholding a high standard prosecutors have said they likely cannot meet.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday refused to dial back a False Claims Act case accusing a UnitedHealth Group Inc. unit of facilitating excessive hospital billing, saying the allegations pass muster under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Escobar standard.
An Arizona tribe urged the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Friday to revive claims that the U.S. government mismanaged reservation forests, arguing that the government’s objections to the tribe’s reconsideration bid applied the wrong standard of review.
Insurer Mt. Hawley Insurance Co. lobbed a lawsuit in Texas federal court on Friday at a trio of companies responsible for building a municipal sports complex in a San Antonio suburb, saying it should not have to cover a lawsuit alleging the firms provided a subpar finished product.
A D.C. federal judge declined Monday to toss Russian energy company PAO Tatneft's suit to enforce a $112 million award it won following the forced takeover of Ukraine's largest refinery, but held off on deciding whether to enforce the award until additional questions are answered.
The U.S. General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget on Friday issued their congressionally mandated implementation plan for upping the use of e-commerce portals like Amazon.com to buy off-the-shelf items, committing to a phased implementation and requesting more authority to speed the process.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to take up a military construction contractor's bid to overturn past high court rulings giving government agencies wide latitude on how to interpret their own rules, suggesting “Auer deference” will remain on the books for the foreseeable future despite a growing conservative effort to dismantle the doctrine.
A former University of Pennsylvania Health System cardiologist will pay the federal government approximately $125,000 to resolve accusations that he improperly submitted Medicare claims for unnecessary cardiac stent procedures, prosecutors announced Monday, 14 months after UPHS reached its own settlement.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a False Claims Act case alleging the government was sold aircraft parts that were falsely certified to meet contractual requirements, tossed under the FCA’s first-to-file bar after two purported relators attempted to substitute themselves for the original relator.
A New Jersey man was indicted Friday on allegations that he and others used a fake nonprofit to dupe hundreds of low-income senior citizens into unnecessary DNA testing in a scheme to bump their sales commissions as representatives for the genetic testing labs that prosecutors said defrauded Medicare of more than $1 million.
Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2018 Government Contracts editorial advisory board.
A Florida federal judge set the stage for trial Friday by allowing a retired U.S. Air Force officer to withdraw part of his guilty plea over an alleged $5.4 million bribery scheme involving government contracts, as the officer convinced the court he got bad advice from his counsel.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s unusual decision to name a private equity firm as a defendant in a False Claims Act suit against one of the firm’s portfolio companies is an issue all private equity firms should be aware of, although the alleged circumstances of the case may mean similar complaints will be few and far between, attorneys say.
McKesson Corp. and other drug distributors and retail pharmacies urged an Oklahoma federal judge Thursday to reject the Cherokee Nation’s bid to take its suit over the companies' alleged role in the opioid epidemic back to state court, saying McKesson’s distribution of opioids under a federal contract means the case must stay in federal court.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former aide Joseph Percoco took a blow recently in one of the first trials to produce a bribery conviction post-McDonnell, but its impact on public corruption cases will depend on whether such jury verdicts can pass muster before more discerning appeals courts.
Consumers and retailers suing Illinois' former lottery manager for allegedly misrepresenting the odds of winning scratch-off games cannot return to state court, as federal jurisdiction applies even if they have no injury to sue over under the Spokeo standard, a judge found Friday.
A patent covering Gilead Sciences Inc.’s blockbuster line of sofosbuvir-based hepatitis C drugs doesn’t disclose related government funding, meaning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has the right to take ownership of the patent, a nonprofit has suggested to the agency.
Lockheed Martin Corp. nabbed a pair of contracts that will see it receive roughly $3.5 billion for U.S. Army training systems and almost $482 million to cover air vehicle spares for F-35 Lightning II fighters, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday.
Lockheed Martin Corp. said Thursday it had been awarded a $200 million contract to provide air crew and cybersecurity training services to members of the Florida-based Air Force Special Operations Command.
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.
If successful, Acetris' challenge in the U.S. Court of International Trade could have a meaningful impact on decisions about where to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients for the very broad range of drug products sold to the U.S. government, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.
Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval, while allowing that same admission to raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says at... (continued)
The reasonableness of an extrapolated loss calculation was a significant sentencing issue in U.S. v. Melgen last month in the Southern District of Florida. The court found flaws in both the government's and defendant’s analyses, and then calculated its own loss figures, say Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong of McDonald Hopkins LLC and Chris Haney of Forensus Group LLC.
There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.
Recent cases demonstrate that, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Escobar, False Claims Act materiality questions remain and continue to be litigated. Gilead filed a petition for certiorari a few months ago, and it is a key case to watch, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.
Following the Federal Circuit's decision in Cleveland Assets, any protest filed at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging violation of a statute or regulation that does not obviously qualify as a “procurement statute” may face a jurisdictional challenge, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.
It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
A provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act greatly expands the scope of the disallowance of deductions for fines and penalties paid to government agencies. This will make it costlier for a company to settle claims of violation of laws and regulations brought by federal, state or local agencies, or even foreign governments, says Marvin Kirsner of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.