Government Contracts

  • December 8, 2017

    Former Mass. State Lawmaker Indicted On Corruption Charges

    A former leader of the Massachusetts Senate denied any wrongdoing on Friday after prosecutors unsealed a 113-count federal indictment charging him with peddling public policy and using his private firm and a shell company to take in about $1 million in bribes, kickbacks and free coffee.

  • December 8, 2017

    Medicaid Scheme Lands NY Businessman 6-Year Sentence

    An Albany County Supreme Court justice slapped a New York transportation company’s owner with two to six years in prison for submitting over $50,000 worth of false Medicaid claims for transportation that never occurred, according to an announcement Friday from the state attorney general’s office.

  • December 8, 2017

    Feds Blast Contractor’s Quick Win Bid In FCA Suit

    The federal government on Friday shot back at a U.S. Department of Energy contractor's bid to toss False Claims Act allegations in litigation accusing it of falsifying small, disadvantaged businesses' participation in a multibillion-dollar nuclear waste cleanup contract.

  • December 8, 2017

    Ex-Air Force Worker Admits Giving Bidders Contract Info

    A former U.S. Air Force employee pled guilty Thursday in Illinois federal court to allegations he accepted meals and baseball tickets and passed on confidential project pricing information to companies bidding on contracts at his base, information the U.S. Department of Justice said was used to secure work.

  • December 7, 2017

    Eye Doc Blasts Feds' Loss Calculations Before Sentencing

    Counsel for a politically connected Florida ophthalmologist convicted of overbilling Medicare by $32 million urged a district court to toss the government's loss calculations Thursday as the sides made final arguments before sentencing, suggesting prosecutors have met the burden of proof for only $64,000 in false claims.

  • December 7, 2017

    Contractor Sues For $21M Over Bio Warfare Facility Work

    An electrical contractor sued a slew of construction and insurance companies in Maryland federal court Wednesday, demanding $21 million for the contractor's extra work on a biological warfare research facility and alleging the project was mismanaged and inefficient even before a fire destroyed half the building.

  • December 7, 2017

    Air Force Contractor, Subcontractor Settle $9M Suit

    U.S. Air Force contractor Space Coast Launch Services LLC reached an undisclosed settlement in Florida federal court Thursday with space launch operations support subcontractor Yang Enterprises Inc. in the subcontractor's breach of contract suit accusing Space Coast of underpaying it $9 million, according to settlement conference minutes.

  • December 7, 2017

    House Passes Temporary Government Funding Bill

    Congress on Thursday passed a measure to fund the government through Dec. 22, potentially avoiding a federal government shutdown over the weekend.

  • December 7, 2017

    Atty Can't Escape Charges In Allentown Pay-To-Play Scheme

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday refused to dismiss the corruption charges against a Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA attorney who was charged alongside the mayor of Allentown in an indictment detailing a pay-to-play scheme. 

  • December 7, 2017

    Engineering Co. Can't Sink Water Workers' Defamation Suit

    An engineering firm can’t duck a defamation lawsuit brought against it by employees of Beaumont, Texas, who say the firm’s report critical of the city’s water distribution and sewer collection services led to their ouster, a Texas appellate court held Thursday, rejecting the firm’s argument that failure to file a special certification mandated dismissal.

  • December 7, 2017

    Lab CEO Can't Be Named In FCA Retaliation Suit, Court Says

    An executive from a Virginia medical laboratory can’t sue his boss for retaliation that allegedly occurred after he aided the government in a $3.2 million False Claims Act suit, as whistleblowers can't sue individuals for retaliation, a New York federal judge said on Wednesday.

  • December 6, 2017

    9th Circ. Grapples With Escobar Test For FCA Liability

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday struggled with whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s milestone Escobar decision created an ironclad test for False Claims Act liability, with judges repeatedly expressing uncertainty about the high-stakes question.

  • December 6, 2017

    Xerox Solely Liable In $1B Medicaid Row, Texas Tells Justices

    Texas told the state Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday that it's not seeking “damages” from Xerox Corp. in a civil Medicaid fraud suit accusing the company of signing off on $1.1 billion in claims for orthodontic services without properly vetting them, and therefore the remedies it has sought aren't subject to proportionate responsibility calculations.

  • December 6, 2017

    House Panel Takes First Step To Avoid Shutdown

    The House of Representatives took a step Wednesday toward avoiding a government shutdown this weekend, even as congressional leaders and the White House have yet to nail down a final deal for a temporary spending package.

  • December 6, 2017

    Maxim To Repay $14M For Mistakenly Overbilling MassHealth

    National home health care agency Maxim Healthcare Services Inc. will pay more than $14 million under a deal announced Tuesday to resolve the Massachusetts attorney general's office’s allegations that it overbilled the state’s Medicaid system.

  • December 6, 2017

    Another Navy Officer Faces 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Charges

    A U.S. Navy captain, the latest naval officer to face charges over a contract bribery scandal that has ensnared dozens of current and former officers, was arraigned Tuesday before a military court.

  • December 6, 2017

    Senate Unanimously Confirms New GSA Chief

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Emily Webster Murphy, a former U.S. General Services Administration acquisitions chief with a long history of government service, to lead the GSA.

  • December 6, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Questions $133M ‘Taking’ Of Dallas Air Terminal

    A Federal Circuit panel on Wednesday had tough questions for both the government and particularly the leaseholders of a demolished Dallas airport terminal that won a $133.5 million judgment over the terminal’s closure, with at least one judge wondering how a “taking” could have occurred.

  • December 5, 2017

    GAO Urges VA To Improve Medical Supply Purchase Program

    A program the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs implemented to streamline its medical supply purchases lacked sufficient planning and oversight, meaning it hasn’t yet met its cost savings and efficiency goals and needs improvement, a government watchdog said Monday. Correction: A previous version of this article indicated the report was issued by the VA Office of Inspector General. The error has been corrected.

  • December 5, 2017

    Plan To Move Miami Tennis Tournament Hits Possible Snag

    IMG Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday appeared poised to score a win for a long-term deal to move its Miami Open tennis tournament to the Miami Dolphins' stadium, but a last-minute change by the county before approving two needed agreements had the company questioning if the plan will clear the net.

Expert Analysis

  • Is A Shift In DOJ Qui Tam Intervention Policy Coming?

    Brian McEvoy

    A U.S. Department of Justice official recently made a surprising policy announcement that has the potential to change the practice of attorneys involved in bringing and defending against qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act, say Brian McEvoy and Michael Besser of Polsinelli PC.

  • Yates Memo: Missing The Forest For The Trees — Part 2

    Daniel Schoeni

    Recognizing that misconduct in government contracts cases is sometimes collective, rather than individual, could help officials to more accurately identify the locus of responsibility and issue debarments accordingly. This could also discourage the debarment system’s overreliance on criminal convictions, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Yates Memo: Missing The Forest For The Trees — Part 1

    Daniel Schoeni

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently announced that the U.S. Department of Justice supports the Yates memo’s emphasis on prosecuting individuals for corporate misconduct. But this focus overlooks the problem of "nondistributive" corporate actions, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • Trump’s 'Buy American' Order Already Packs A Punch

    Howard Roth

    The secretary of commerce report on the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order was due at the White House on Nov. 24. Though the report is not yet public, it is in the foreground of the debate on legislative and regulatory actions, and it is changing the landscape for many organizations, says Howard Roth of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • Regulators, Whistleblowers And The Paradise Papers

    Adam Pollock

    Clients of "Paradise Papers" law firm Appleby Global should now expect that tax authorities in the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere will closely scrutinize the leaked documents for evidence of tax evasion. And individuals with inside information that sheds further light on these cases stand to reap sizable rewards by filing qui tam actions, says Adam Pollock of Ford O'Brien LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • A Practitioner’s Guide To Federal Officer Removal

    Lisa Himes

    Federal officer removal is a doctrine for removing certain cases from state to federal court. It is available to federal officers or persons acting under them, including corporations. But the purposes and application of this significant and unique removal ground have been misunderstood by both practitioners and courts, says Lisa Himes of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC.