Government Contracts

  • February 13, 2018

    Rolls-Royce Should Win FCA Suit Toss, Atty DQ: Magistrate

    Rolls-Royce shouldn’t have to face a False Claims Act suit over allegedly billing the U.S. Air Force for uncertified parts, according to a Texas magistrate’s report Tuesday that found the whistleblower was repeating claims from an old suit and that he was represented by an ex-Rolls attorney.

  • February 13, 2018

    NATO Chief Says Allies Bumped Up Defense Spending

    The majority of NATO members are on track to reach an alliance-wide goal for military spending within the next few years, with about a quarter of them already meeting that target, NATO's chief said Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2018

    Senate Panel Grills OMB's Mulvaney On Trump Budget

    Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended the Trump administration's 10-year spending plan Tuesday, as senators on both sides of the aisle questioned the budget proposal for federal spending.

  • February 13, 2018

    Lobbyist Forced To Explain His Arrest To Graft Trial Jury

    Todd Howe, the lobbyist-turned-cooperator testifying at the bribery trial of a former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was quizzed Tuesday over his arrest last week on a bail violation, telling jurors it stemmed from what he called a misunderstanding about his testimony.

  • February 13, 2018

    Navy Ship Goal Still Decades Away Under New Plan

    The U.S. Navy intends to quickly grow its fleet over the next few years, but the service's goal of a 355-ship fleet is still likely decades away from being fulfilled, according to a shipbuilding plan issued Monday.

  • February 13, 2018

    Feds Push 1st Circ. To Affirm Toss Of Tribe's Bridge Suit

    The federal government on Monday urged the First Circuit to back its lower court win in a lawsuit from the Narragansett Indian Tribe that sought to halt construction on a Providence, Rhode Island, bridge project, saying the tribe never stated a claim against it.

  • February 13, 2018

    GSA Issues $3.3B Plan To Rebuild FBI Headquarters

    The General Services Administration and the FBI intend to replace the current FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., with a new $3.3 billion building on the same spot after previously scrapping a plan for a new HQ in the D.C. suburbs, according to a report submitted to Congress on Monday.

  • February 13, 2018

    What Hospitals Need To Know Before Forming A Drug Co.

    A group of hospital systems recently decided to address rising prices and shortages of generic medications by forming a nonprofit drug company, but industry attorneys warn that land mines like unfamiliar regulations and fraud concerns could trip the members up as they execute this novel plan.

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Skeptical Insurer Must Cover HotChalk FCA Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday questioned HotChalk Inc.'s argument that Scottsdale Insurance should cover costs from a False Claims Act suit over the education technology company’s employee compensation policy, with the judges saying the litigation likely fell under the insurer’s broad exclusion for suits “arising out of” client services.

  • February 13, 2018

    Va. Cos. Secure $200M Geospatial Info Contract From DOD

    Virginia-based defense contractors Leidos and General Dynamics One Source have landed a $200 million contract to work on the U.S. Army’s geospatial information requirements, standards and related systems, one of several contract awards the U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    Trump Budget Would Cut BIA Funds, Up Indian Health Money

    Funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education would be cut nearly $450 million under a 2019 budget proposal unveiled Monday by the Trump administration, but the Indian Health Service would see an increase of about $400 million from 2018 under the plan.

  • February 12, 2018

    Leonardo Drops Suit Over Army's Sole-Source Lakota Buy

    A Leonardo Helicopters unit has voluntarily dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Army over an order to purchase UH-72A Lakota training helicopters from rival Airbus following a recent related Federal Circuit ruling, according to a filing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

  • February 12, 2018

    UnitedHealth Can't End DOJ Suit In Big FCA Battle

    A California federal judge on Monday preserved a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit accusing UnitedHealth Group Inc. of exaggerating patient illnesses in Medicare Advantage, handing the government a crucial win in a new realm of False Claims Act litigation.

  • February 12, 2018

    Shareholders Must Pay Bond In $573M Pakistan LNG Row

    A British court on Friday ordered the shareholders for a former liquefied natural gas business in Pakistan to post a £400,000 ($553,000) security payment as they try to revive their $573 million contract dispute with Pakistan, which the Mauritius companies accuse of manipulating gas prices in the country so their business would fail and then expropriating their assets after the fact.

  • February 12, 2018

    Sikorsky Aircraft Can't Dodge Deaf Employee's Bias Claims

    A Connecticut federal judge has refused to give Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. a quick win in a deaf electrical installer’s suit claiming the company didn’t always provide him with an interpreter, ruling that the Lockheed Martin subsidiary hasn’t shown his request was “unreasonable as a matter of law.”

  • February 12, 2018

    Trump Budget Calls For DOD Spending Hikes, Domestic Cuts

    President Donald Trump’s second budget proposal called for increased military spending and cuts to domestic programs Monday, with a projected increase of more than $4 trillion in the federal deficit over the next decade.

  • February 12, 2018

    JSTARS Jets Scrapped From $719B Defense Budget

    The U.S. Air Force has effectively scrapped its much-anticipated multibillion-dollar acquisition of new JSTARS surveillance jets, canceling out funding for the program in the Trump administration’s massive, $719 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2019, which was released Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    Graft Trial Judge Mulls Description Of Cooperator's Arrest

    The judge overseeing the federal bribery trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo considered Monday what to tell the jury about the arrest of a key cooperating witness and indicated a reluctance to go along with a prosecution request that she describe the incident as a bail violation.

  • February 12, 2018

    Supplier Wins $100M DOD Radiology Systems Contract

    The Defense Logistics Agency awarded a $100 million contract to a New York-based medical equipment supplier to provide radiology systems and accessories to several defense agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday.

  • February 9, 2018

    Airbus Penalized €81.25M In Bribery Probe Of Fighter Sale

    A German unit of French aerospace giant Airbus SE has been hit with an €81.25 million ($99 million) penalty by German prosecutors for supervisory negligence, ending a bribery probe related to a 2003 sale of Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Austria, the company announced Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • 5 Takeaways From Bipartisan BuyAmerican.gov Bill

    Justin Ganderson

    The recently introduced BuyAmerican.gov Act of 2018 may be the most significant “Buy American” development since President Donald Trump issued his April 2017 “Buy American” executive order, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How Legal Finance Helps The Energy Sector Access Capital

    Emily Slater

    The energy sector is an especially fertile test bed for exploring the application of litigation finance. But the constellation of issues involved creates a perfect storm for high-stakes disputes with partners, distributors and even nation-states. Legal teams at energy companies and law firms undertaking energy litigation must become conversant in the practices of litigation finance, says Emily Slater of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Understanding New IRS Rule On Contractor Tax Compliance

    Megan Brackney

    The U.S. Treasury Department recently issued an interim rule to improve the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to identify contractors who have delinquent federal tax liabilities. Contractors should review their filing histories and recent returns to make sure they are up-to-date, says Megan Brackney of Kostelanetz & Fink LLP.

  • Rebuilding Texas: Sealed Proposals And Job Order Contracts

    Brian Gaudet

    For members of the construction industry planning to engage in reconstruction projects following Hurricane Harvey, it is important to know how Texas public procurement law regulates two alternative project delivery methods — competitive sealed proposals and job order contracting, say Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. ​

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • The Government’s Big Stick For Fighting Small Biz Fraud

    Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan

    Last year saw the first application of the Small Business Act's presumption-of-loss rule in a civil False Claims Act case — U.S. v. Washington Closure Hanford. The ruling will likely embolden the government to aggressively pursue cases involving set-aside fraud, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The Next Shutdown: How Gov't Contractors Can Prepare

    Kristen Ittig

    The short-term spending bill signed on Monday ended the nearly three-day government shutdown, but it is unlikely to put an end to shutdown politics for good, or even for long. Participants in the federal market should review the related challenges and be ready for what may come, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: Final Thoughts

    Eoin Beirne

    In both civil and criminal enforcement proceedings, 2017 was perhaps most notable for the cases brought against individual health care providers and small physician practice owners. Several factors may have influenced the uptick in these types of cases, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.