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Government Contracts

  • September 11, 2018

    Former Construction Exec. Gets 2 Years For Defrauding Feds

    A former construction company executive has been sentenced to two years behind bars for defrauding the federal government in connection with a $1.5 million roofing and air conditioning contract at a federal courthouse in Jackson, Tennessee.

  • September 11, 2018

    Lawmakers Agree To $146B VA, Energy Funding Bill For 2019

    Federal lawmakers have agreed to a $146.5 billion package of bills to fund military construction and the U.S. Veterans Affairs and Energy departments for 2019, breaking an impasse over funding for VA community care programs.

  • September 11, 2018

    VA Hospital Isn't Liable In Shrimp Allergy Death, Judge Says

    A Missouri federal judge has ruled that a Veterans Affairs hospital is not liable in a wrongful death suit, finding that the physician’s decision not to attempt a risky emergency surgery on a patient dying of a shrimp allergy does not constitute negligence.

  • September 11, 2018

    Air Force Adds $2.9B To Boeing KC-46 Tanker Contract

    The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a nearly $2.9 billion modification of an existing contract to produce KC-46 Pegasus aircraft, with the order for 18 tankers bringing the total number of aircraft ordered under the contract to 52, the company said.

  • September 10, 2018

    Air Force, Navy Struggling With Aircraft Availability, GAO Says

    The U.S. Air Force and Navy are failing to meet their aircraft availability targets despite spending tens of billions of dollars each year on sustainment programs, with availability getting worse over time for about half of the audited aircraft models, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Monday.

  • September 10, 2018

    Navy Rightly Denied Torpedo Defense Contract, Judge Says

    A Court of Federal Claims judge sided with the U.S. Navy in a pre-award bid protest from Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems Inc., finding that the company was rightly excluded from consideration for a contract to supply the ADC MK 5, an "acoustic torpedo countermeasure."

  • September 10, 2018

    Can BigLaw Avoid Another Associate Purge?

    The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?

  • September 10, 2018

    Atty Gets 15 More Years For Fleeing US After $550M Scam

    A former Social Security disability lawyer who previously got hit with a 12-year sentence in absentia for his part in a $550 million fraud scheme received an additional 15-year sentence in Kentucky federal court for fleeing the country and retaliating against an informant, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 10, 2018

    Rural Broadband Funds Shouldn't Overlap, O'Rielly Says

    A U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program tasked with expanding rural broadband must not duplicate the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission and other federal programs, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said Monday.

  • September 10, 2018

    Ex-Worker Hit With 13 Months For Bilking State Dept.

    A Virginia federal judge slapped a former U.S. State Department program manager with a 13-month prison sentence for taking kickbacks and stealing federal funds meant for a cultural exchange program involving athletes from disadvantaged countries, according to prosecutors.

  • September 10, 2018

    Small Cos. Awarded Spots On $17.5B DOD Tech Deal

    The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded slots on its $17.5 billion Encore information technology services contract to 20 small businesses, the agency announced.

  • September 7, 2018

    Measuring The Recession’s Toll On The Legal Industry

    For starting attorneys, the financial crisis casts a long shadow, even though the worst is past. Here’s our breakdown of the data showing its impact and where the industry’s headed.

  • September 7, 2018

    Too Small To Fail?

    It’s been almost 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed — kicking off a global recession and putting two Skadden partners on a path to building a firm that would weather the storm. Here's how upstarts and their larger rivals are positioning themselves for the next downturn.

  • September 7, 2018

    Gov't Can Refile FCA Suit After Tired Relators Quit: 5th Circ.

    A Texas federal judge was right to let a group of whistleblowers walk away from a False Claims Act suit against United Biologics LLC while still leaving the government — which had refused to intervene — room to refile, the Fifth Circuit said Friday.

  • September 7, 2018

    KPMG Denied Injunction Over Air Force Audit Prep Deal

    Despite making some persuasive arguments, accounting giant KPMG hadn’t done enough to back an injunction against a U.S. Air Force deal for audit preparation services awarded to rival Deloitte, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ruled.

  • September 7, 2018

    DOD Research Unit Launches $2B Plan For Next-Gen AI

    The U.S. Department of Defense's main research agency announced Friday that it will spend more than $2 billion to accelerate the development of a new generation of artificial intelligence, able to adapt to changing situations.

  • September 7, 2018

    FCC Needs Better Data On Tribal Broadband, GAO Says

    The Federal Communications Commission needs to improve how it works with Native American tribes to collect information about high-speed internet on tribal lands, as the agency's data has “overstated tribes' broadband availability and access to broadband service” and made it harder to furnish funding for tribes’ needs, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Friday.

  • September 7, 2018

    Health Hires: Pepper Hamilton, Perkins Coie, Davis Wright

    Pepper Hamilton LLP, Perkins Coie LLP, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Simmons & Simmons, McKool Smith PC and Lane Powell PC are the latest firms to boost their health and life sciences offerings, with former prosecutors, antitrust experts, cannabis specialists and more.

  • September 7, 2018

    Ferrovial Unit Wins €308M Texas Road Work Contracts

    A Ferrovial unit won three contracts worth a total of €308 million ($356 million) to widen two highways in Houston and Fort Worth, Texas, and to build a bridge and an underpass on another in Austin, the Spanish infrastructure firm said on Friday.

  • September 7, 2018

    UnitedHealth Wins Challenge To Medicare Overpayment Rule

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday rejected the federal government’s view of when Medicare Advantage insurers have been overpaid, vindicating a UnitedHealth Group Inc. effort to boost industry profits and reduce potential False Claims Act liability.

Expert Analysis

  • 9th Circ. Adds To Growing Consensus On Escobar FCA Test

    Gejaa Gobena

    The Ninth Circuit’s decision last week in U.S. v. Stephens Institute solidifies the emerging view that the only way to prove implied false certification liability under the False Claims Act is by specifically showing the two prerequisites mentioned by the U.S. Supreme Court in Escobar, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • 5 E-Discovery Hurdles For Government Agencies

    Amy Hilbert

    Electronic discovery is a challenging process for even the most experienced law firms and corporations, but the challenges faced by government agencies may be even more daunting, says Amy Hilbert of Casepoint LLC.

  • Protesting A Procurement As A Non-Offeror

    Paul Bowen

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in Oracle deserves notice for its analysis of why the protester remained an interested party despite declining to submit an offer in the underlying prototype Other Transaction Authority procurement, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • DOJ's New Policy On FCA Dismissals Highlights Circuit Split

    Nicholas Peterson

    A January memo suggested the U.S. Department of Justice may now be more willing to dismiss False Claims Act qui tam actions over the objections of relators. Defendants should familiarize themselves with an outstanding circuit split over the extent of the government’s dismissal authority, say Nicholas Peterson and Madeline Cohen of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.