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Government Contracts

  • September 6, 2018

    Defense Contractor's Owner Indicted For $7M Fraud Scheme

    The Turkish owner of a New Jersey defense contracting business was indicted Wednesday for allegedly duping the U.S. Department of Defense into awarding his company hundreds of contracts for military parts and defense hardware items to the tune of roughly $7 million.

  • September 6, 2018

    Mistrial Declared In Ex-Blackwater Guard's Murder Retrial

    The retrial of Nicholas Slatten, a former guard for private security firm Blackwater previously convicted of murder over a shooting incident in Iraq, ended in a mistrial after the jury said it was deadlocked following weeks of deliberation.

  • September 6, 2018

    Mylan Investors Push Back At Bid To Toss EpiPen Claims

    Investors in Mylan NV fired back at what they called a scattershot motion to dismiss their amended claims about alleged anti-competitive behavior involving the drugmaker's EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector, saying their latest allegations are "well-pleaded and damning."

  • September 5, 2018

    Rite Aid Can't Escape Calif. Whistleblower's FCA Suit

    A California federal judge allowed most claims to proceed in a whistleblower's lawsuit accusing Rite Aid of knowingly submitting false prescription reimbursement claims to the state, finding Wednesday that California has sufficiently pled that the pharmacy giant failed to oversee employees tasked with keeping those records.

  • September 5, 2018

    Kuwaiti Contractor Sues Over $17M Owed From Iraq Contract

    A Kuwait-based logistics contractor sued the federal government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, seeking more than $17 million it claims to be owed for work on an Iraq War contract, and saying the payment has been wrongly withheld by the Defense Logistics Agency.

  • September 5, 2018

    Ill. Energy Co. Says US Treasury Owes For Solar Grant

    A subsidiary of energy company Invenergy LLC launched a complaint Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging the U.S. Department of the Treasury withheld more than $500,000 in grant money related to the construction and operation of a $70 million solar facility in Illinois.

  • September 5, 2018

    Top Armed Services Democrat Wants Lower Defense Spending

    The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee suggested Wednesday he would try to bring down defense spending if Democrats retake the House, as senators confirmed Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., would lead the Senate Armed Services Committee following the death of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

  • September 5, 2018

    Tribes Can't Have Opioid Suits Sent To State Court From MDL

    An Ohio federal judge rejected bids by two tribes to remand to state court their suits against McKesson Corp. and other companies over the opioid crisis, ruling that the claims belong in federal court because McKesson was subject to federal control under a government contract when it allegedly allowed the drugs to be diverted.

  • September 5, 2018

    KBR Still Owes Army $12M Over Meal Contract, ASBCA Says

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals won’t adjust a ruling that KBR must reimburse the U.S. Army $12 million the company received under the massive LOGCAP logistics deal, saying there’s no legal basis to offset that reimbursement.

  • September 5, 2018

    Ukraine Says Russian Energy Co. Can't Enforce $112M Award

    Ukraine urged the D.C. Circuit to toss Russian energy company PAO Tatneft's bid to enforce a $112 million arbitral award it won following the forced 2007 seizure of a Ukrainian oil refinery, saying an exception to sovereign immunity doesn't apply in this instance.

  • September 5, 2018

    ACA Cost-Sharing Payments Mandatory, Claims Court Rules

    The federal government owes a nonprofit health insurance cooperative $5.3 million in Affordable Care Act cost-sharing reduction payments, the Court of Federal Claims has ruled, finding that the payments are mandatory under the ACA despite Congress failing to appropriate specific funding.

  • September 5, 2018

    Feds Settle License Credit Fraud Case With Radio Co. Owner

    The U.S. government reached a settlement Tuesday with a radio station company whose owner had allegedly lied to the Federal Communications Commission about her late husband’s involvement in the station in order to claim more than $900,000 in frequency license credits.

  • September 4, 2018

    3rd Circ. Revives FCA Case Against PharMerica

    The information a whistleblower used to build a False Claims Act suit against PharMerica Corp. featured key nonpublic information, meaning it can meet the act’s public disclosure bar, the Third Circuit said Tuesday as it revived the litigation.

  • September 4, 2018

    ACA Funding Case Doesn't Need Full Fed. Circ., DOJ Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice has urged the Federal Circuit to stand by its ruling that the federal government wasn’t required to pay health insurers $12 billion more under an Affordable Care Act provision.

  • September 4, 2018

    House Passes 11 Homeland Security Bills

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday easily approved a slate of homeland security-related bills, covering issues such as improving border, airport and cyber security, and protecting and expanding access to U.S. Department of Homeland Security acquisitions.

  • September 4, 2018

    VA Defends Disabled Contract 'Lane' After Kingdomware

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs urged a Federal Circuit panel Tuesday not to cut off a contracting "lane" for businesses owned by the blind and disabled that is exempt from competitive sourcing rules and thus, contrary to a lower court's findings, shouldn't trigger a mandatory preference for veteran-owned small businesses.

  • September 4, 2018

    DOD Eases Deadline For Bids On $10B JEDI Cloud Deal

    The U.S. Department of Defense has once again tweaked its contentious $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract solicitation, extending the deadline for bids alongside other changes, while shutting the door to any further public comments.

  • September 4, 2018

    FAR Council Seeks To Clarify That Rentals Count As Leases

    The U.S. Department of Defense, General Services Administration and NASA on Tuesday proposed a rule to clarify that the definition of “lease” for federal acquisition purposes also includes equipment rentals, alongside tweaks intended to help improve federal agencies’ decision making when choosing between leasing and buying equipment.

  • August 31, 2018

    3rd Circ. Frees Ex-Norris McLaughlin Atty For Bribery Appeal

    The Third Circuit has granted an ex-Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA partner’s bid to be released while he appeals his conviction and 27-month sentence for attempting to land legal work for his firm with promises of campaign contributions to the now-convicted mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

  • August 31, 2018

    Hotel Charged After Coast Guard Nixed Rooms, Suit Says

    A company that booked lodging in Puerto Rico for the U.S. Coast Guard in the wake of Hurricane Maria filed a federal court suit Friday alleging that a San Juan hotel charged it $141,000 for unused rooms even though the reservation was properly canceled.

Expert Analysis

  • How Businesses In Mexico Can Prepare For The AMLO Era

    Jonathan Adams

    On July 1, Mexicans elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador — known as AMLO — as their next president, in response to his campaign promising to clean up corruption and help the disadvantaged. Now, businesses should review their activities for anything that could create the appearance of corruption, and evaluate their social responsibility profiles, says Jonathan Adams of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • DOJ's Health Care Enforcement Initiative Is Still Going Strong

    Melissa Jampol

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice released the results of its ninth annual health care fraud takedown, an aggregation of criminal, civil and administrative health care-related actions. It appears that the DOJ and its law enforcement partners are sticking to many of the same enforcement areas that were central to last year's takedown, say Melissa Jampol and George Breen of Epstein Becker Green.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    Buying Military Innovation: P3s Are Not The Best Approach

    Daniel Schoeni

    Experts debate the best strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense's technological leap forward. Options include public-private partnerships and open systems architecture. Innovation is best served by the latter, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.