Government Contracts

  • May 16, 2018

    Sens. Hear Case For $7.5B Bill To Counter China's Influence

    U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific region must counter the rise of China and support American interests through defense alliances, increased military spending and the promotion of the rule of law, a Senate subcommittee heard Tuesday at a hearing for legislation that would spend $7.5 billion over five years to support the mission.

  • May 16, 2018

    Enviros Sue BLM Over Drilling Leases' Impact On Climate

    The Bureau of Land Management sold oil and gas leases for acreage as big as Chicago without properly considering the impact on climate change or ensuring that groundwater would be protected, environmental groups and landowners alleged in a suit filed in Montana federal court Tuesday.

  • May 15, 2018

    Calif., Enviros Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Border Wall Suit

    The state of California and several environmental organizations have urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court’s nixing of their challenge to the Trump administration's planned border wall in the state, saying the projects must first undergo environmental impact assessments.

  • May 15, 2018

    DHS Releases New 5-Point Plan For Fighting Cyber Threats

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday unveiled a new national plan for combating cybersecurity threats, as officials grapple with a growing list of risks and malicious hackers.

  • May 15, 2018

    Dell To Pay $3M To End DOL Pay Discrimination Claims

    Dell Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay nearly 500 female and African-American employees $2.9 million to settle allegations that four locations in California and North Carolina paid women and some minority workers less than their white male counterparts, the U.S. Department of Labor’s federal contracts watchdog announced Monday.

  • May 15, 2018

    NASA Supplier Can't Immediately Enforce $3.1M Judgment

    A Pennsylvania federal judge paused NASA supplier Advanced Fluid Systems Inc.’s bid to enforce a $3.1 million judgment against rival supplier Livingston & Haven LLC, finding that Livingston had properly requested a stay by securing a letter of credit as security while it seeks a new trial.

  • May 15, 2018

    US Seeks To Sink Challenge To Trump's '2-For-1' Order

    The federal government has told a D.C. district court that public interest groups have again failed to show that they properly brought suit against President Donald Trump's executive order that said for every new regulation, two have to be repealed, arguing that the groups can't demonstrate the order caused specific harm.

  • May 15, 2018

    VA Parking Lot Contractor Pleads Guilty To $13M Fraud

    A parking lot operator for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Los Angeles has pled guilty to participating in a 15-year bribery scheme that cost the VA more than $13 million, prosecutors said Monday.

  • May 15, 2018

    9th Circ. Set To Weigh Fraud Coverage In Office Depot Row

    The Ninth Circuit will hear arguments Wednesday over whether a California law precluding coverage for willful acts means an AIG unit does not have to cover Office Depot’s defense and settlement costs in a suit alleging it overbilled public agencies, in a case that could have a broad impact on the availability of insurance for fraud-based claims.

  • May 14, 2018

    Security Co. Can't Escape EEOC's Race Bias Class Action

    A Maryland federal judge on Monday refused to let government security contractor MVM Inc. escape the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s claims it systematically pushed out a class of African workers, instead pausing the suit to let the agency amend charge documents that left out key allegations.

  • May 14, 2018

    Top Senate Dem Wants Info On Cohen-Novartis Dealings

    The top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee has opened an inquiry into the business dealings between Novartis and Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, after the pharmaceutical company said it paid Cohen’s firm $1.2 million over the course of a year for health care policy guidance.

  • May 14, 2018

    Merlin Nabs $200M In DHS, VA Technology Contracts

    Merlin International has landed $200 million in technology contracts from the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs that will see the cybersecurity company work on integrating new technologies with existing systems to support government modernization initiatives, according to a Monday announcement.

  • May 14, 2018

    Texas Doc Charged With Faking Diagnoses In $240M Scheme

    A Texas doctor was arrested Monday on charges he led a $240 million health care fraud and money laundering scheme in which he falsely diagnosed patients with degenerative diseases and gave them unneeded chemotherapy and other treatments.

  • May 14, 2018

    Colorado Residents Sue Makers Of 'Toxic' Firefighting Foam

    The 3M Co., Tyco Fire Products LP and other manufacturers were accused Monday of putting Colorado residents at risk of developing health problems like cancer, thyroid disease and pregnancy complications by supplying a nearby air base with firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals.

  • May 14, 2018

    BAE Nets ‎£2.4B In British Submarine Work

    The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence said in a release Monday that it has awarded £2.4 billion ($3.26 billion) to BAE Systems ‎PLC to build several next-generation submarines for the Royal Navy.

  • May 14, 2018

    Contractor Says Feds Owe $2M For Dock Repairs

    An engineering firm has sued the federal government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the U.S. Navy has failed to reimburse it for $2 million in extra costs incurred during repairs to a transportation dock in South Carolina.

  • May 11, 2018

    Insurers Try To Nix Coverage For $11.7M FCA Deal

    Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. of America and Illinois Union Insurance Co. have moved to dismiss a suit by IberiaBank seeking coverage for an $11.7 million False Claims Act settlement the bank reached with the government last year over its sloppy mortgage lending, arguing that the government was never a “client” of IberiaBank.

  • May 11, 2018

    Former CIA Contractor Cops To Taking Classified Info

    A former Central Intelligence Agency contractor pled guilty Friday in Virginia federal court to unlawfully obtaining classified material from his former workplace and lying about it to federal investigators, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • May 11, 2018

    Exec Admits To Lying About Job For Ex-Cuomo Aide's Wife

    An energy executive accused of paying $287,000 in bribes to a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pled guilty to a count of conspiracy Friday, telling a Manhattan federal judge that he lied to his company, Competitive Power Ventures Holdings LLC, about having had clearance to hire the aide's wife.

  • May 11, 2018

    GAO Denies Protests Over $1.7B Air Force Repair Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied protests by DynCorp and an AAR Corp. unit over a nearly $1.7 billion Air Force training aircraft repair deal, saying the contract award to a joint venture based on the past performance of its JV partners was reasonable.

Expert Analysis

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • How GSA Is Dealing With Breach Of Gov't Contractor Database

    Robert Tompkins

    After the System for Award Management was compromised, the General Services Administration recently implemented additional steps to verify SAM users. These steps, while important, have the potential to disrupt contractors' ability to access and update their SAM profiles and potentially their ability to get paid, say Robert Tompkins and Mary Beth Bosco of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • Diabetic Care RX Case Is A Warning Sign For Private Equity

    Christopher Hewitt

    The United States government recently sent shock waves through the private equity industry by charging a PE firm for its portfolio company’s alleged health care fraud in U.S. v. Diabetic Care RX. Four measures can help private equity firms mitigate their risk so they avoid the same fate, say Christopher Hewitt and Jayne Juvan of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • 11th Circ. Decision Deepens An FCA Circuit Split

    Douglas Baruch

    The Eleventh Circuit's False Claims Act decision this month in U.S. v. Cochise results in a clear and stark circuit court split. The issue of whether the extended limitations period may be invoked by relators in declined qui tam actions — and, if so, whose knowledge triggers the clock — is now ripe for resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Update For Gov't Contractors On Settled Suit Cost Recovery

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    Since the Federal Circuit's 2009 decision in Geren v. Tecom, the allowability of government contractor settlement costs incurred in just about any type of third-party lawsuit has been unclear. But this month the U.S. Court of Federal Claims had the opportunity to analyze the Tecom standard in Bechtel v. U.S., say Steven Masiello and Tyler Thomas of Dentons.