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Government Contracts

  • October 16, 2018

    Nigeria Appeal In $9B Gas Row Is Delay Tactic, Court Hears

    A gas engineering firm asked a D.C. federal judge Monday to reject Nigeria’s appeal in litigation over a roughly $9 billion arbitration award stemming from a scuttled natural gas development deal, saying the move is a delay tactic and procedurally improper.

  • October 16, 2018

    DOD Urged To Boost Oversight Of Afghan Defense Equipment

    The United States has spent billions of dollars since 2002 to provide and maintain equipment for Afghan security forces, but the U.S. Department of Defense lacks the ability to effectively track how much of this equipment is being maintained and used, according to a watchdog report.

  • October 16, 2018

    Calif. Defense Contractor Resolves FCA Claims For $1M

    A California company that provides the U.S. Air Force with command and control systems has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations that it flouted the False Claims Act by including personal expenses in proposals to contractors like Raytheon and Boeing that were then passed on to the government, prosecutors said Monday.

  • October 16, 2018

    Enviro Says Gov't Border Wall Docs Not Exempt From FOIA

    An environmental group has asked a D.C. federal court to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to turn over U.S.-Mexico border wall-related records prepared for President Donald Trump's transition team in the group's Freedom of Information Act suit over the records.

  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up.

  • October 15, 2018

    21st Century Oncology Gets Stipulated Dismissal of FCA Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice and a Florida whistleblower agreed Monday to drop their False Claims Act suit against bankrupt 21st Century Oncology Inc. over an allegedly dirty $2.5 billion contract linked to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, after a parallel adversary proceeding in Florida bankruptcy court was tossed in May.

  • October 15, 2018

    Health Exec Pleads Guilty To Role In Opioid Scheme

    The CEO of a health provider group has pled guilty to participating in a $150 million fraud scheme that involved the unnecessary prescription of opioids, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t.

  • October 15, 2018

    Insurers Say No Coverage For Dispute Over Highway Work

    The American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co. and Zurich American Insurance Co. asked a Texas federal court to declare that they are not responsible for covering Zachry Industrial Inc. in a $130 million arbitration it faces over allegedly shoddy construction work on the Texas State Highway 130 project.

  • October 15, 2018

    Co. Bids To Keep CVS Unit From Clients In Trade Secrets Row

    RxStrategies, a leading program administrator for the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program, renewed its efforts Friday to stop CVS and its in-house administrator Wellpartner from allegedly misappropriating its trade secrets to steal customers, presenting evidence it says refutes several of their defenses.

  • October 15, 2018

    Veterans’ Broadband Access Needs Gov’t Boost, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission should explore policy changes to expand broadband access for veterans, especially in rural areas, under a congressional mandate passed earlier this year, telecoms including Verizon Inc. have told the FCC.

  • October 15, 2018

    Microsoft Employees Urge Co. To Avoid DOD JEDI Cloud Deal

    A purported group of Microsoft Corp. employees has urged the company not to bid on the U.S. Department of Defense's $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract, citing ethical concerns, in an echo of a similar letter from Google employees that ultimately resulted in Google declining to bid on the deal.

  • October 15, 2018

    Fed. Claims Tosses Contractor's $4.5M Levee Rehab Spat

    The Court of Federal Claims on Friday granted the federal government’s summary judgment motion on a $4.5 million lawsuit alleging that a levee rehabilitation contract was misleading, finding that the contractor's interpretation of the contract was unreasonable and awarding the government $424,125 under the liquidated damages clause.

  • October 15, 2018

    Nigerian Oil Co. Execs Must Talk In $1.8B Award Row

    A New York federal judge has told a Nigerian state-owned oil company that three of its employees must sit for depositions planned by Exxon Mobil and Shell subsidiaries for their suit seeking to enforce a $1.8 billion arbitration award against the company.

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled?

  • October 14, 2018

    3 Firms Steer $35B Harris-L3 Technologies Tie-Up

    Government contractors Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies Inc. on Sunday unveiled a roughly $35 billion merger of equals that stands to create the sixth-largest defense company in the U.S., in a deal guided by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • October 12, 2018

    Ex-NY Senate Boss Asks For Light Sentence After Conviction

    Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos asked a New York federal judge on Friday to give him a sentence of less than two years in light of his life of public service, the needs of his two autistic grandchildren, and the consequences he’s already suffered as a result of his two convictions.

  • October 12, 2018

    Telehealth Pilot Needn't Fund New Infrastructure, FCC Told

    Health care and broadband providers are urging the Federal Communications Commission to focus its $100 million telehealth pilot program on existing connections, as well as investing in internet-enabled applications and services, instead of using the program to build out new connections.

  • October 12, 2018

    Sears' Property Tax Breaks Unearned, School District Claims

    A suburban Chicago school district has sued Sears Holding Corp. ahead of its expected bankruptcy, telling an Illinois state court that the struggling retailer has diverted tens of millions of dollars from local schools through property tax breaks that didn't live up to job creation promises.

Expert Analysis

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • A Canadian Perspective On The 'New NAFTA'

    Matthew Kronby

    Last week, Canada reached agreement with the United States and Mexico on what is essentially a revised North American Free Trade Agreement. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement alters some provisions of NAFTA, maintains others and borrows a few ideas from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, say attorneys with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Antitrust Considerations For Government Contractors

    Peter Levitas

    Companies that engage in government contracting, particularly in the defense industry, face sector-specific antitrust compliance challenges. They must navigate carefully to manage risk in merger review, teaming agreements and personnel issues, say Peter Levitas and Francesca Pisano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Key Deadlines For Connect America Fund Phase II Bidders

    James Falvey

    In its announcement of the winning Connect America Fund Phase II auction bidders, the Federal Communications Commission also disclosed a series of critical deadlines that winning bidders must prepare to meet, say James Falvey and Robert Gastner of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Questions Remain After OIG Releases Fraud Risk Indicator

    Howard Young

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General recently announced a new initiative designed to increase transparency for health care organizations and their lawyers. However, it's unclear whether it will change the settlement dynamics when resolving False Claims Act allegations, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • Finally, Cyber Help For Small Businesses Is On Its Way

    Evan Wolff

    As resources like the recently passed NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act continue to develop, smaller government contractors are turning to alternative strategies to lessen the challenge that traditional cybersecurity standards can pose, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.