Government Contracts

  • May 15, 2018

    US Seeks To Sink Challenge To Trump's '2-For-1' Order

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brought suit against President Donald Trump's executive order that said for every new regulation, two have to be repealed, arguing that the groups can't demonstrate the order caused specific harm.

  • May 15, 2018

    VA Parking Lot Contractor Pleads Guilty To $13M Fraud

    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.

  • May 15, 2018

    9th Circ. Set To Weigh Fraud Coverage In Office Depot Row

    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.

  • May 14, 2018

    Security Co. Can't Escape EEOC's Race Bias Class Action

    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.

  • May 14, 2018

    Top Senate Dem Wants Info On Cohen-Novartis Dealings

    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.

  • May 14, 2018

    Merlin Nabs $200M In DHS, VA Technology Contracts

    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.

  • May 14, 2018

    Texas Doc Charged With Faking Diagnoses In $240M Scheme

    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.

  • May 14, 2018

    Colorado Residents Sue Makers Of 'Toxic' Firefighting Foam

    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.

  • May 14, 2018

    BAE Nets ‎£2.4B In British Submarine Work

    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.

  • May 14, 2018

    Contractor Says Feds Owe $2M For Dock Repairs

    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.

  • May 11, 2018

    Insurers Try To Nix Coverage For $11.7M FCA Deal

    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.

  • May 11, 2018

    Former CIA Contractor Cops To Taking Classified Info

    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.

  • May 11, 2018

    Exec Admits To Lying About Job For Ex-Cuomo Aide's Wife

    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.

  • May 11, 2018

    GAO Denies Protests Over $1.7B Air Force Repair Deal

    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.

  • May 11, 2018

    Indefinite DOD Deals Often Minimize Competition, GAO Says

    Roughly 40 percent of the U.S. Department of Defense’s recent contracts have been indefinite-delivery deals, many of which contain provisions that could restrict competition, even if they don’t explicitly limit it, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report.

  • May 11, 2018

    OptumRx Loses $6B NJ Contract For Flouting Financial Terms

    A New Jersey state appeals court clarified in a published decision Friday that government contract bids attempting to adjust financial terms in requests for proposals must be invalidated, upending a $6 billion contract award to OptumRx Inc. to manage the health benefits of certain state employees.

  • May 11, 2018

    Pa. Judge Defends $2M Airport Construction Contract Award

    A judge is urging a Pennsylvania appeals court to uphold her $2.3 million award to the city of Philadelphia for costs incurred remediating a contractor’s work on a massive expansion project at Philadelphia International Airport that did not live up to specifications.

  • May 11, 2018

    Ex-Nurse Gets 6 Years For Hiring Phony Therapists

    A former nurse practitioner has been sentenced to six years in prison for passing off unlicensed people, including a convicted felon, as mental health professionals and having them provide psychiatric care to patients through the mental health care business she operated in Pennsylvania.

  • May 11, 2018

    Treasury Mulling Intermediate Sales Quandary On TCJA

    The U.S. Treasury Department is looking into whether incentives for exports in the recent federal tax overhaul apply to transactions that are required to go through an intermediary, such as arms sales to foreign buyers, an official said at a conference Friday.

  • May 11, 2018

    'Hack Your State Department' Bill Clears House Panel

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a bipartisan bill that aims to strengthen cybersecurity efforts at the U.S. State Department by getting hackers to point out vulnerabilities in the department’s public networks and data systems.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Courts Remain Skeptical Of FCA Statistical Arguments

    Robert Rhoad

    A Massachusetts federal court's ruling in U.S. v. Massachusetts General Hospital highlights courts’ continued skepticism about using statistics and other evidence to establish liability under the False Claims Act. The decision is particularly important since it comes from a jurisdiction where the FCA’s pleading standards are relaxed, say attorneys with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • 3 New Settlements Highlight DOJ Scrutiny Of Device Makers

    John Bentivoglio

    While it appears that the pace of settlements involving medical device makers in the first quarter of 2018 has been high, a more thorough look shows that these companies, as well as individual executives and employees, have been the target of criminal and civil enforcement officials for years, say John Bentivoglio and Jennifer Bragg of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Key Takeaways From The NY Buy American Act

    Justin Ganderson

    The New York Buy American Act, which went into effect on Sunday, is slated for a relatively short life and is fairly focused. But it is a noteworthy development because it further reinforces the general rallying cry behind “buy American," say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.