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Government Contracts

  • December 3, 2018

    Border Wall Can Skip Enviro Review After Justices Snub Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review aspects of an immigration law that let the government skip environmental reviews related to a controversial border wall with Mexico and additionally allowed construction to move forward, denying pleas by environmental groups to strike down parts of the law.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    New Lab Payments Inflated By $11B, Watchdog Warns

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' implementation of new laboratory payment rates in Medicare could cost an extra $11 billion unnecessarily, the Government Accountability Office said Friday in a report that urged CMS to change course.

  • November 30, 2018

    Defense Contracting Execs. Charged With Defrauding Gov't

    The U.S. Department of Justice charged three defense contractor executives with allegedly defrauding the government after they were given money to build a warehouse and instead lied about when it would be done and what the warehouse looked like.

  • November 30, 2018

    11th Circ. OKs Indictment Change In Med-Smuggling Case

    The Eleventh Circuit has decided that a federal district judge had been right to allow prosecutors to modify a criminal indictment against a Florida doctor who was later convicted of smuggling medical products into the U.S. as part of a health care fraud scheme.

  • November 30, 2018

    New DOL Directive Aims To Settle Claims And Shorten Audits

    The U.S. Department of Labor's federal contracts watchdog has announced it will give government contractors that have decided to make an early deal in a bias investigation a five-year grace period where the location at issue won't be audited if the companies fork over certain employment information.  

  • November 30, 2018

    Bus Co. Exec Gets Prison For Taking Contract Kickbacks

    A former executive for a suburban Chicago public bus service who pled guilty to accepting kickbacks in exchange for offering or extending contracts to technology support staff was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in prison.

  • November 30, 2018

    DOJ Will Nuke Gilead FCA Suit, Supreme Court Hears

    In a stunning move, the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday told the U.S. Supreme Court that it wants to terminate a closely watched whistleblower suit against Gilead Sciences Inc., asserting that the False Claims Act case is “not in the public interest.”

  • November 30, 2018

    Dell Unit, Others Nab DOD Software Deal Worth Up To $3B

    A Texas-based Dell unit, New Jersey-based technology seller SHI International and several other contractors have been tapped for a deal worth up to $3.17 billion to provide Microsoft software licenses and annual subscriptions for the federal government, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

  • November 30, 2018

    Dick's Looks To Cut Ammo Co.'s Suit Over Nixed Deal

    Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. has asked a Pennsylvania federal court to dismiss most of a munitions company’s lawsuit against the retailer, along with the company’s request for profits lost when Dick’s delay in taking a shipment of ammo allegedly scuttled a deal to sell helicopters to Lebanon.

  • November 30, 2018

    Chicago Education Board Beats 'Ghost Bus' Suit

    Chicago’s Board of Education and a slew of bus companies have won their bid to dismiss a suit brought by a former public schools’ director alleging the companies colluded on special-needs service contracts and billed the city for trips that never took place on "ghost buses" that never ran, all while the board was aware.

  • November 30, 2018

    Pa. City Wants Crane Payment Fight Kicked To State Court

    A crane contractor can’t sue the city of Washington, Pennsylvania, in federal court over unpaid bills for an emergency rescue operation and building demolition because the city’s alleged breach of contract does not violate the contractor’s due process, the city said Friday, pushing to send the matter to state court.

  • November 29, 2018

    Dominican Bank Owner Gets 3 Years For $1B Bribery Scheme

    The former owner of a Dominican Republic bank was sentenced Thursday in Florida federal court to three years in prison for his role in a $1 billion bribery and money laundering scheme he carried out with a billionaire Venezuelan television mogul and others.

  • November 29, 2018

    GAO Backs Navy's Nix Of Raytheon's Low-Band Jammer

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has backed the Navy's decision not to award Raytheon Co. a contract for the low-band Next Generation Jammer, which is attached to aircrafts used in electronic warfare, rejecting the defense contractor's arguments that the Navy unreasonably exaggerated the risks of its prototype.

  • November 29, 2018

    Fla. Pharmacist Gets 6½ Years For Bogus Claims For Creams

    A Florida licensed pharmacist was sentenced Thursday to 6½ years in prison for participating in a $3.4 million scheme to submit fraudulent claims to Tricare, Medicare and private insurance programs for compounded creams that were not necessary.

  • November 29, 2018

    Cos. Can Lower Fraud Fines Without Naming All Players: DOJ

    In an effort to target the individuals who are truly behind any misconduct, prosecutors will now allow corporations to earn cooperation credit in fraud cases without disclosing the names of low-level players who likely wouldn’t face prosecution, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday.

  • November 29, 2018

    State Dept. OKs $1.4B In Military Sales To Egypt, Qatar

    The U.S. State Department has approved possible military equipment deals that would see Egypt pay $1 billion for 10 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and a separate $201 million for tank munitions, while Qatar would pay $215 million to acquire a missile defense system, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.

  • November 29, 2018

    USAID Can't Shake Bid Protest Over Management Contract

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has refused to toss Innovative Element LLC's bid protest over the award of a management contract for a U.S. Agency for International Development facility, instead giving the information technology firm the chance to revamp its challenge.

  • November 29, 2018

    Tenn. Nurse Practitioner Pleads Guilty In $65M Tricare Scam

    A Tennessee-based nurse practitioner has pled guilty in California federal court for her part in a health care fraud scheme that bilked the federal Tricare program covering U.S. service members out of more than $65 million, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 28, 2018

    Feds Say Tough FCPA Actions Continue Despite Declinations

    Federal agencies plan to keep taking tough anti-bribery actions despite the U.S. Justice Department's recent decision to forgo cases when companies reveal the misconduct and take steps to remediate it, regulators said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • When International Arbitration Becomes Domestic

    Claudia Salomon

    Many global companies prefer to enter into contracts with foreign counterparties through a locally incorporated affiliate. This approach might help streamline business relationships and confer certain tax advantages, but the validity of the arbitration clauses in such contracts rarely has been tested, say Claudia Salomon and Irina Sivachenko of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • What To Expect From New Democratic Investigation Efforts

    Reginald Brown

    The new Democratic House majority is expected to direct much of its attention to executive branch oversight and accountability. Companies and their legal counsel should be prepared for a dramatically changed collateral environment as investigations cover a wide range of topics, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • A Critical Approach To Repeat Extensions Of FCA Seal Period

    J. Taylor Chenery

    In U.S. v. Pentec Health, a Pennsylvania federal court recently denied the government’s 11th request to extend the period during which a False Claims Act action remained under seal. In so doing, it adopted a narrow view of what constitutes “good cause” to extend the seal period, say J. Taylor Chenery and Brian Irving of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.