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Government Contracts

  • August 10, 2018

    BIA Wants Out Of Suit Alleging Land Lease Plot

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs urged a North Dakota federal judge Friday to nix Prima Exploration Inc.’s claims that the agency schemed with two rival companies to end its lease on land within the Fort Berthold Reservation, saying the action is an improper attempt to skirt the administrative review process.

  • August 10, 2018

    Fla. Medical Provider To Pay $2.2M To End Kickback Claims

    Trinity Medical Pharmacy LLC agreed to pay $2.2 million to end claims it violated the False Claims Act by accepting kickbacks and failed to inform the federal government that its chief operating officer was a convicted felon, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.

  • August 10, 2018

    Workers Fight To Keep Visa Fraud Suit Against Tesla

    A pair of workers on Friday defended their False Claims Act and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit alleging that Tesla Inc., its contractor Eisenmann Corp., and others knowingly participated in a visa fraud scheme to illegally import low-cost foreign labor for Tesla’s manufacturing plant and other automakers’ job sites.

  • August 10, 2018

    NASA Picks 13 Cos. To Study Commercial Human Spaceflight

    NASA said Thusday it has selected several companies — including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin — to look into the future of commercial human spaceflight, as it looks to commercialize low-orbit spaceflight.

  • August 10, 2018

    Labor Dept. Wants Religious Freedom Focus In Bias Probes

    The U.S. Department of Labor office that monitors federal contractors for discrimination told its staff on Friday to factor into their work recent executive orders and court rulings on religious freedom and announced plans for narrower reviews targeting the specific types of discrimination it is tasked with rooting out.

  • August 10, 2018

    Aviation Co. Fights For Award In Helicopter Contract Row

    Multinational aviation company Starlite Investments Ireland Ltd. asked a Texas federal judge to confirm an emergency arbitration award over certain payments in a dispute with a Fort Worth-based helicopter manufacturer relating to a U.S. government contract for military operations in Afghanistan, arguing that the court has the authority to do so.

  • August 10, 2018

    DC Circ. Revives Ex-DOD Professor's Age Bias Suit

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday upended the U.S. Department of Defense’s win over claims by a former National Defense University professor that he was illegally fired because he was too old, saying there was enough competing evidence for a jury to decide whether the firing was lawful.

  • August 10, 2018

    DC Metro Contractor Sues Insurer, Bond Co. For $2.1M

    A subcontractor on a Washington, D.C., metro improvement project slapped a contract bond provider and an insurance company with a suit in Illinois federal court on Thursday, alleging it’s owed $2.1 million under a payment bond after a bankruptcy court ordered it to give the money back.

  • August 10, 2018

    Rising Star: K&L Gates' Amy Conant Hoang

    K&L Gates LLP associate Amy Conant Hoang recently defended her client's $55 million military services contract from a slew of challengers and helped force the U.S. Department of Education to rethink a $2.8 billion debt-collection deal, earning her a spot as one of five government contracts practitioners under the age of 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2018

    Feds To Pay $775K To Resolve Infant Brain Damage Suit

    The U.S. will pay $775,000 to settle claims that medical staffers at a federally funded clinic were negligent during a patient's labor and delivery, leaving her newborn with a brain injury, according to documents filed Wednesday in Michigan federal court.

  • August 9, 2018

    2nd Circ. Strict On FCA First-To-File Bar In Allergan Case

    A Second Circuit panel ruled Thursday that a False Claims Act relator cannot avoid the FCA's first-to-file bar by filing an amended complaint after a similar earlier suit had been dismissed, in a case accusing drugmaker Allergan Inc. of providing kickbacks to doctors who prescribed its cataract treatments.

  • August 9, 2018

    DOD Makes Tech Industry Outreach Program Permanent

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s technology industry outreach unit is set to be stripped of its “experimental” status, with an incoming name change intended to reflect the program’s importance and permanence within the DOD, according to a memo made public Thursday.

  • August 9, 2018

    TM Suit Over Historic NOLA Market Survives Bid To Toss

    A Louisiana federal judge on Thursday kept alive the majority of the City of New Orleans’ claims against the operator of the city's historic St. Roch Market food hall in a fight over the rights to the market’s trademark, with a trademark dilution claim the only one to get the ax.

  • August 9, 2018

    Dell Unit Whistleblower Can't Get New Award With Bias Claim

    A California judge has refused a whistleblower’s request to scrap an allegedly inadequate $1.57 million award he received in his case against a Dell Technologies subsidiary, despite claims that the arbitrator unfairly excluded evidence and was biased because one of his JAMS colleagues once represented the company while at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • August 9, 2018

    Rising Star: Arnold & Porter's Sonia Tabriz

    Arnold & Porter associate Sonia Tabriz has balanced successful trial defenses of clients such as Johnson Controls with pro bono work, including representing people impacted by the Trump administration's travel ban, earning her a place as one of five attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360’s government contracts Rising Stars.

  • August 8, 2018

    GAO Says DHS Units Need To Improve On Major Acquisitions

    Despite investing billions of dollars each year in major acquisition programs, no U.S. Department of Homeland Security component agency has fully complied with best practices for setting out operational requirements for those programs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    11th Circ. Won’t Overturn 20-Year Medicare Fraud Sentence

    The Eleventh Circuit refused to let a former home health executive dodge his conviction and a subsequent 20-year prison sentence related to his role in a $57 million Medicare fraud scheme, but freed him from $36 million in restitution.

  • August 8, 2018

    Former Military Boot Co. CEO Gets Prison For False Labels

    The former CEO of defunct military boot supplier Wellco Enterprises has been sentenced to nearly three and a half years in prison for his role in a scheme to sell the U.S. Department of Defense Chinese-made boots that were falsely labeled as American-made, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Dem Sen. Seeks More Info On Trump Role In FBI HQ Project

    After waiting months for answers to questions posed in February, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., demanded that U.S. General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy cough up more details on President Donald Trump's role in the pending FBI headquarters replacement project, as controversy grows around the project and the White House’s level of involvement.

  • August 8, 2018

    Ex-Energy Contract Worker Must Repay $2.5M In Bribes

    A former project manager for a U.S. government contractor that retrofits buildings for energy efficiency was ordered on Wednesday to repay the $2.5 million he admitted to taking in kickbacks and bribes from companies seeking $15 million in subcontracts.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • DOJ's Health Care Enforcement Initiative Is Still Going Strong

    Melissa Jampol

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice released the results of its ninth annual health care fraud takedown, an aggregation of criminal, civil and administrative health care-related actions. It appears that the DOJ and its law enforcement partners are sticking to many of the same enforcement areas that were central to last year's takedown, say Melissa Jampol and George Breen of Epstein Becker Green.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    Buying Military Innovation: P3s Are Not The Best Approach

    Daniel Schoeni

    Experts debate the best strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense's technological leap forward. Options include public-private partnerships and open systems architecture. Innovation is best served by the latter, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • What To Expect From OTA Protests And Disputes

    Stuart Turner

    Federal agencies are increasingly utilizing "other transactions authority" to craft agreements that are not subject to traditional procurement laws. While there is very little precedent relating to protests of OTA awards or claims arising under OTA-awarded contracts, there are some clues as to how they may unfold, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.