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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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brought suit against President Donald Trump's executive order that said for every new regulation, two have to be repealed, arguing that the groups can't demonstrate the order caused specific harm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.