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Government Contracts

  • August 9, 2018

    Dell Unit Whistleblower Can't Get New Award With Bias Claim

    A California judge has refused a whistleblower’s request to scrap an allegedly inadequate $1.57 million award he received in his case against a Dell Technologies subsidiary, despite claims that the arbitrator unfairly excluded evidence and was biased because one of his JAMS colleagues once represented the company while at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • August 9, 2018

    Rising Star: Arnold & Porter's Sonia Tabriz

    Arnold & Porter associate Sonia Tabriz has balanced successful trial defenses of clients such as Johnson Controls with pro bono work, including representing people impacted by the Trump administration's travel ban, earning her a place as one of five attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360’s government contracts Rising Stars.

  • August 8, 2018

    GAO Says DHS Units Need To Improve On Major Acquisitions

    Despite investing billions of dollars each year in major acquisition programs, no U.S. Department of Homeland Security component agency has fully complied with best practices for setting out operational requirements for those programs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    11th Circ. Won’t Overturn 20-Year Medicare Fraud Sentence

    The Eleventh Circuit refused to let a former home health executive dodge his conviction and a subsequent 20-year prison sentence related to his role in a $57 million Medicare fraud scheme, but freed him from $36 million in restitution.

  • August 8, 2018

    Former Military Boot Co. CEO Gets Prison For False Labels

    The former CEO of defunct military boot supplier Wellco Enterprises has been sentenced to nearly three and a half years in prison for his role in a scheme to sell the U.S. Department of Defense Chinese-made boots that were falsely labeled as American-made, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Dem Sen. Seeks More Info On Trump Role In FBI HQ Project

    After waiting months for answers to questions posed in February, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., demanded that U.S. General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy cough up more details on President Donald Trump's role in the pending FBI headquarters replacement project, as controversy grows around the project and the White House’s level of involvement.

  • August 8, 2018

    Ex-Energy Contract Worker Must Repay $2.5M In Bribes

    A former project manager for a U.S. government contractor that retrofits buildings for energy efficiency was ordered on Wednesday to repay the $2.5 million he admitted to taking in kickbacks and bribes from companies seeking $15 million in subcontracts.

  • August 8, 2018

    Rising Star: Wiley Rein's Brian Walsh

    Wiley Rein LLP partner Brian Walsh has guided government contractor clients on bid disputes in a broad range of industries, including a long-running fight over a multibillion-dollar defense transportation contract that resulted in a win at the Court of Federal Claims, earning him a spot as one of five government contracts attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2018

    AIDS Foundation Can Pay Employees For Referrals: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit agreed Tuesday with a lower court’s decision to side with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Inc. in a suit accusing it of paying employees kickbacks for referring patients to services at the nonprofit’s facilities, writing that the organization is authorized to pay its employees for referrals.

  • August 7, 2018

    Court Orders Pause Of Use Of Historic NOLA Market Name

    A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday granted New Orleans’ request for a preliminary injunction blocking the operator of the city's historic St. Roch Market from using the name for new food halls in other cities, with the exception of Miami, where a St. Roch Market is already up and running.

  • August 7, 2018

    Builder Owes Pump Station's Fired Subcontractor: 8th Circ.

    The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday sided with a subcontractor in a lawsuit stemming from a government contract to build a pumping station in Arkansas, upholding a lower court’s finding that the contractor wrongfully terminated the subcontract and owes more than $215,000 in labor and materials.

  • August 7, 2018

    Most Of Obama Oil And Gas Royalty Rule Kept By Wyo. Judge

    A Wyoming federal judge has largely backed an Obama-era rule that the American Petroleum Institute had said would put entities that hold oil and gas leases on federal and Native American land at risk for harsh penalties under a law governing royalty payments.

  • August 7, 2018

    Air Force Narrows Light Attack Aircraft To Two Choices

    The U.S. Air Force said Monday it has effectively narrowed down its choice for a light attack aircraft to either a joint Sierra Nevada-Embraer or Textron model after completing its experimental testing, with a contract award expected next year.

  • August 7, 2018

    Oracle Protests Pentagon's $10B JEDI Cloud Contract

    Oracle Corp. protested the U.S. Department of Defense’s pending $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract, saying the DOD’s single-award structure for the deal goes against industry standards and that the department failed to meet legal requirements for a sole-vendor contract.

  • August 7, 2018

    Feds Fight DynCorp's Bid For Docs In $200M FCA Suit

    The government urged a D.C. federal court to reject DynCorp International LLC’s “overly broad” document requests in $200 million False Claims Act litigation accusing the contractor of overbilling in connection with a State Department contract for security in Iraq.

  • August 7, 2018

    Fewer Gov't Contractors Suspended, Debarred In 2017

    Suspensions and debarments involving federal contractors decreased “modestly” from 2016 to 2017, with the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Housing and Urban Development carrying out the most related actions, the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee said in its latest annual report.

  • August 7, 2018

    Mass. Top Court Nixes 911 Suit, Bars LLC Whistleblowers

    Four years of legal wrangling over 911 emergency dispatch surcharges that telephone providers pay in Massachusetts ended on Tuesday with a succinct ruling from the state's top court saying a limited liability company had no business trying to recoup roughly $200 million on behalf of the state government.

  • August 7, 2018

    Mylan Wants Investors' 'Copycat' EpiPen Claims Dismissed

    Drugmaker Mylan NV on Monday urged a New York federal court to dismiss investors' amended allegations about alleged anti-competitive behavior involving its EpiPen epinephrine autoinjector, saying the bulk of the allegations were simply copied from other complaints.

  • August 7, 2018

    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Jonathan Phillips

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Jonathan Phillips has translated his experience prosecuting claims of fraud against the government at the U.S. Department of Justice into a successful career defending clients like Microsemi against False Claims Act allegations and related claims, making him one of five attorneys under 40 selected by Law360 as government contracts Rising Stars.

  • August 6, 2018

    NY Law Firm Settles Former ALJ's Due-Process Claims

    The New York law firm Raff & Becker received court approval Monday to settle a former high-ranking administrative judge's claims that it conspired to retaliate against him after he reported the alleged diversion of funds meant for unemployment claims hearings.

Expert Analysis

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • It May Be Time For Companies To Reconsider DOD Contracts

    Eric Aaserud

    Several recent developments may give rise to optimism among innovative, commercially oriented contractors that have been avoiding the U.S. Department of Defense, say Eric Aaserud and Julia Fox of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • The Applicability Of FOIA To Monitorship Documents

    Abena Mainoo

    The long-running litigation related to Siemens’ 2008 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act plea agreement, and a D.C. federal court’s recent decision, highlight the complexity of determining whether sensitive information that companies provide to compliance monitors is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Fed. Circ. Clarifies Infringement Liability For Contractors

    Kara Daniels

    The Federal Circuit's recent interpretation of “manufactured” in FastShip v. U.S. will likely prove consequential for companies seeking to enforce their patent rights against federal contractors and the U.S. government under Section 1498, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.