Government Contracts

  • February 14, 2018

    NM High Court Faults State's Tribal School District Funding

    The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled the state’s education department was wrong to assume it could reduce state payments to the Zuni Public School District prior to the certification of an offsetting federal funding source, saying the law was clear that the state acted prematurely.

  • February 13, 2018

    Rolls-Royce Should Win FCA Suit Toss, Atty DQ: Magistrate

    Rolls-Royce shouldn’t have to face a False Claims Act suit over allegedly billing the U.S. Air Force for uncertified parts, according to a Texas magistrate’s report Tuesday that found the whistleblower was repeating claims from an old suit and that he was represented by an ex-Rolls attorney.

  • February 13, 2018

    NATO Chief Says Allies Bumped Up Defense Spending

    The majority of NATO members are on track to reach an alliance-wide goal for military spending within the next few years, with about a quarter of them already meeting that target, NATO's chief said Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2018

    Senate Panel Grills OMB's Mulvaney On Trump Budget

    Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended the Trump administration's 10-year spending plan Tuesday, as senators on both sides of the aisle questioned the budget proposal for federal spending.

  • February 13, 2018

    Lobbyist Forced To Explain His Arrest To Graft Trial Jury

    Todd Howe, the lobbyist-turned-cooperator testifying at the bribery trial of a former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was quizzed Tuesday over his arrest last week on a bail violation, telling jurors it stemmed from what he called a misunderstanding about his testimony.

  • February 13, 2018

    Navy Ship Goal Still Decades Away Under New Plan

    The U.S. Navy intends to quickly grow its fleet over the next few years, but the service's goal of a 355-ship fleet is still likely decades away from being fulfilled, according to a shipbuilding plan issued Monday.

  • February 13, 2018

    Feds Push 1st Circ. To Affirm Toss Of Tribe's Bridge Suit

    The federal government on Monday urged the First Circuit to back its lower court win in a lawsuit from the Narragansett Indian Tribe that sought to halt construction on a Providence, Rhode Island, bridge project, saying the tribe never stated a claim against it.

  • February 13, 2018

    GSA Issues $3.3B Plan To Rebuild FBI Headquarters

    The General Services Administration and the FBI intend to replace the current FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., with a new $3.3 billion building on the same spot after previously scrapping a plan for a new HQ in the D.C. suburbs, according to a report submitted to Congress on Monday.

  • February 13, 2018

    What Hospitals Need To Know Before Forming A Drug Co.

    A group of hospital systems recently decided to address rising prices and shortages of generic medications by forming a nonprofit drug company, but industry attorneys warn that land mines like unfamiliar regulations and fraud concerns could trip the members up as they execute this novel plan.

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Skeptical Insurer Must Cover HotChalk FCA Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday questioned HotChalk Inc.'s argument that Scottsdale Insurance should cover costs from a False Claims Act suit over the education technology company’s employee compensation policy, with the judges saying the litigation likely fell under the insurer’s broad exclusion for suits “arising out of” client services.

  • February 13, 2018

    Va. Cos. Secure $200M Geospatial Info Contract From DOD

    Virginia-based defense contractors Leidos and General Dynamics One Source have landed a $200 million contract to work on the U.S. Army’s geospatial information requirements, standards and related systems, one of several contract awards the U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    Trump Budget Would Cut BIA Funds, Up Indian Health Money

    Funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education would be cut nearly $450 million under a 2019 budget proposal unveiled Monday by the Trump administration, but the Indian Health Service would see an increase of about $400 million from 2018 under the plan.

  • February 12, 2018

    Leonardo Drops Suit Over Army's Sole-Source Lakota Buy

    A Leonardo Helicopters unit has voluntarily dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Army over an order to purchase UH-72A Lakota training helicopters from rival Airbus following a recent related Federal Circuit ruling, according to a filing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

  • February 12, 2018

    UnitedHealth Can't End DOJ Suit In Big FCA Battle

    A California federal judge on Monday preserved a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit accusing UnitedHealth Group Inc. of exaggerating patient illnesses in Medicare Advantage, handing the government a crucial win in a new realm of False Claims Act litigation.

  • February 12, 2018

    Shareholders Must Pay Bond In $573M Pakistan LNG Row

    A British court on Friday ordered the shareholders for a former liquefied natural gas business in Pakistan to post a £400,000 ($553,000) security payment as they try to revive their $573 million contract dispute with Pakistan, which the Mauritius companies accuse of manipulating gas prices in the country so their business would fail and then expropriating their assets after the fact.

  • February 12, 2018

    Sikorsky Aircraft Can't Dodge Deaf Employee's Bias Claims

    A Connecticut federal judge has refused to give Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. a quick win in a deaf electrical installer’s suit claiming the company didn’t always provide him with an interpreter, ruling that the Lockheed Martin subsidiary hasn’t shown his request was “unreasonable as a matter of law.”

  • February 12, 2018

    Trump Budget Calls For DOD Spending Hikes, Domestic Cuts

    President Donald Trump’s second budget proposal called for increased military spending and cuts to domestic programs Monday, with a projected increase of more than $4 trillion in the federal deficit over the next decade.

  • February 12, 2018

    JSTARS Jets Scrapped From $719B Defense Budget

    The U.S. Air Force has effectively scrapped its much-anticipated multibillion-dollar acquisition of new JSTARS surveillance jets, canceling out funding for the program in the Trump administration’s massive, $719 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2019, which was released Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    Graft Trial Judge Mulls Description Of Cooperator's Arrest

    The judge overseeing the federal bribery trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo considered Monday what to tell the jury about the arrest of a key cooperating witness and indicated a reluctance to go along with a prosecution request that she describe the incident as a bail violation.

  • February 12, 2018

    Supplier Wins $100M DOD Radiology Systems Contract

    The Defense Logistics Agency awarded a $100 million contract to a New York-based medical equipment supplier to provide radiology systems and accessories to several defense agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Problematic Aspects Of DOD Commercial Item Rule

    Angela Styles

    Curiously, in implementing the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act commercial item provisions, the final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Defense last week ignores updated and conflicting commercial item provisions in the 2017 and 2018 NDAAs and creates layers of bureaucracy and cost for contractors and contracting officers, say Angela Styles and Josh Freda of Bracewell LLP.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • Exploring Interplay Between PTAB And Claims Court: Part 3

    Matthew Rizzolo

    Two hot topics in intellectual property law — the pending Oil States case, and the applicability of sovereign immunity before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board — have possible implications for patent litigation in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, say Matthew Rizzolo and Ryan Brunner of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Exploring Interplay Between PTAB And Claims Court: Part 2

    Matthew Rizzolo

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has held that a noticed third-party government contractor participating in a 1498 action brought in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is not subject to the America Invents Act’s one-year bar. However, potential insulation from the one-year bar comes with significant caveats, say Matthew Rizzolo and Ryan Brunner of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Exploring Interplay Between PTAB And Claims Court: Part 1

    Matthew Rizzolo

    While the oft-overlooked U.S. Court of Federal Claims has exclusive jurisdiction over patent suits against the U.S. government, the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Return Mail v. U.S. Postal Service addressed whether the government can use another Article I tribunal to defend itself against allegations of patent infringement — the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, say Matthew Rizzolo and Ryan Brunner of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Highlights From DOD Acquisition Panel's 1st Report

    Stuart Turner

    In 2016, Congress instructed the U.S. Department of Defense to convene a panel of procurement professionals to review the regulations governing DOD procurements. The first volume of the panel's report, weighing in at nearly 650 pages, has a lot to offer, and in places proceeds well beyond the limited remit of "amendment or repeal" of existing regulations, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • What To Expect After Trump's State Of The Union Address

    Jeffrey Turner

    As President Donald Trump emphasized in his recent State of the Union speech, the U.S. economy appears to be strong. Unfortunately, as the Democratic response confirmed, the state of affairs on Capitol Hill is anything but. Jeffrey Turner and David Schnittger of Squire Patton Boggs LLP outline what Congress must do in the next month or so.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.