Government Contracts

  • November 14, 2017

    US House Passes Compromise $700B Defense Bill

    A compromise version of the almost $700 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act easily passed the U.S. House Tuesday, after lawmakers moved to address complaints over a measure that would give the U.S. Department of Defense limited authority to approve drugs and medical devices for use by the military.

  • November 14, 2017

    DOJ Fights Whistleblower 'Windfall' In $280M FCA Deal

    The U.S. Department of Justice told a California federal court Monday not to award a whistleblower $78 million of a $280 million settlement for her work in prosecuting a False Claims Act suit against Celgene Corp. over the alleged promotion of off-label uses for two cancer drugs, saying $65 million is enough.

  • November 14, 2017

    5th Circ. Won't Rethink Undoing Of $663M Guardrail Ruling

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday refused to reconsider overturning its $663 million judgment against Trinity Industries Inc. in a False Claims Act suit for allegedly making defective highway guardrails.

  • November 14, 2017

    Progressive To Settle Medicare FCA Suit For $2M

    Two units of insurance giant Progressive will pay more than $2 million to settle allegations that they pushed car insurance policyholders’ medical claims that they should have paid off on Medicare and Medicaid, in violation of the False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2017

    Phyllis Schlafly's Trust Fund Sues USPS Over Donation Mail

    A trust fund founded by the late conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly sued the U.S. Postal Service in D.C. federal court Monday over wrongly delivered mail, including donations allegedly sent to another Schlafly entity whose board attempted to remove Schlafly from power last year.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sikorsky Complains Over DOD Document Release In FOIA Suit

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. told a California federal court Monday that the U.S. Department of Defense was mistaken to release previously redacted information from a company subcontracting plan under the Freedom of Information Act, saying a FOIA exemption should have applied but that it would not sue to stop the release.

  • November 14, 2017

    AAI, Boeing Each Ask For Wins In $1.2B Contract Suit

    Boeing Co. and bankrupt Alabama Aircraft Industries Inc., which are on opposite sides of a dispute over a $1.2 billion U.S. Air Force contract, each urged an Alabama federal judge Monday to rule in their favor on several claims in the long-running lawsuit and to deny their opponent the same.

  • November 13, 2017

    Investor Sues Booz Allen Over DOJ Billing Investigation

    A Booz Allen Hamilton investor on Monday sued the government contracting giant’s top brass in Delaware federal court after the company announced it was being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for its accounting and cost charging practices.

  • November 13, 2017

    JPMorgan, FCA Whistleblower Get Testy Welcome At DC Circ.

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Monday greeted a would-be whistleblower with a flurry of questions on the underlying nature of his False Claims Act suit against JPMorgan Chase as he tries to revive accusations that the company failed to live up to responsible mortgage lending obligations agreed to under a post-financial crisis settlement.

  • November 13, 2017

    Troutman Sanders Attys DQ'd From HealthSouth FCA Suit

    A Nevada federal judge on Friday disqualified three Troutman Sanders LLP attorneys representing a doctor in a False Claims Act suit against rehabilitation care provider HealthSouth, ruling that the firm had a conflict of interest because two of its attorneys in another state had agreed to lobby on behalf of the provider.

  • November 13, 2017

    Senate Approves Lyft GM For Senior DOT Role

    The Senate confirmed Lyft Inc.'s general manager for the number three spot at the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday, sending President Donald Trump's pick Derek Kan to head the department's policy arm.

  • November 13, 2017

    Health Alliance Sues For $21M In ACA Risk Corridor Claims

    Insurer Health Alliance Medical Plans has sued the federal government in the Court of Federal Claims, alleging it has been unlawfully stiffed on more than $21 million in Affordable Care Act “risk corridor” payments it is owed for 2016.

  • November 13, 2017

    Claims Trimmed In Boeing FCA Retaliation Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Monday allowed a Boeing employee to move forward with some False Claims Act retaliation claims related to allegations of fraud in the KC-46 air tanker program, but dismissed most of his claims and also refused to disqualify Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP from representing the company over an alleged conflict of interest.

  • November 13, 2017

    House Passes Bill Expanding Agency Acquisition Options

    The House of Representatives passed a bill Monday that would alter how federal agencies weigh the cost of renting equipment against purchasing it when making buying decisions.

  • November 13, 2017

    3 Fast Facts About Trump's Pick For HHS Chief

    President Donald Trump's choice for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary is a whip-smart lawyer with industry-friendly impulses, measured hostility toward the Affordable Care Act, a deep background in Republican politics and a past role investigating President Bill Clinton. Here are three fast facts about Alex Azar's background and reaction to his nomination.

  • November 13, 2017

    High Court Won't Hear Health Care Workers' Bargaining Suit

    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal brought by day care owners and home health care workers in Illinois who challenged a state law that allows public sector unions to negotiate on their behalf even though they’re not full-fledged public employees.

  • November 13, 2017

    Pa. Atty Says Joint Trial With Allentown Pol Invites Prejudice

    The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA attorney charged alongside the mayor of Allentown and a political consultant in a federal corruption indictment had “absolutely nothing to do” with nearly all events described and should get his own trial, counsel for the lawyer said in a Thursday filing in Pennsylvania.

  • November 13, 2017

    Truth Sinks Amateur Radio Boss’ Libel Suit, 3rd Circ. Says

    The former regional chairman of a national amateur radio network cannot pursue defamation claims against the group’s leadership over an article explaining his ouster, the Third Circuit ruled Monday, finding statements that he improperly coordinated with FEMA to be true.

  • November 13, 2017

    Navy Idea To Return Old Ships To Duty Too Costly, Memo Says

    A suggested plan to refit and put back in action several decommissioned U.S. Navy frigates would cost billions of dollars, taking away funds needed for more capable ships and outweighing any potential benefits, according to a Navy memo publicly revealed Sunday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Trump Taps Vet Of BigLaw, Big Pharma As Next HHS Chief

    President Donald Trump on Monday chose a veteran of BigLaw and Big Pharma to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a selection likely to invite questions about Trump’s commitment to tackling drug prices.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Arbitration Agreements And FCA: Lessons From 9th Circ.

    Scott Oswald

    In a False Claims Act case last month, the Ninth Circuit rejected a company’s attempt to push its former employee into arbitration under a very broadly worded agreement that she had signed at hiring. The My Left Foot ruling offers some pointers for employees wishing to avoid the tilted field of forced arbitration, say Scott Oswald and Andrew Witko of The Employment Law Group PC.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

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    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.