Stephen J. McBrady of Crowell & Moring LLP secured several wins this past year, including in a high-profile case dealing with the issue of cost-sharing reduction payments owed by the federal government to insurers under the Affordable Care Act, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s 2018 Government Contracts MVPs.
A Florida magistrate judge has recommended trimming a False Claims Act suit accusing a compounding pharmacy and its private equity fund owner of running a $68 million kickback scheme involving medically unnecessary prescriptions for Tricare beneficiaries.
A Bechtel Corp. unit has won three contracts totaling about $1.7 billion to build operating propulsion components for U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, the U.S. Department of Defense said.
A Virginia federal magistrate judge has ruled that the government need not cough up unredacted documents in litigation seeking to hold a CACI International unit liable for abuses at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, saying there are valid national security reasons for keeping the withheld details under wraps.
Congressional leaders announced Monday they would pass a two-week continuing resolution for funding parts of the federal government, punting a divisive spending and immigration debate to right before Christmas.
TracFone Wireless Inc. has urged the Federal Communications Commission to rework the new Lifeline enrollment system it rolled out this year, telling the agency that lengthened application materials, new proof requirements and other changes are already deterring the country's neediest from getting discounted phone service under the program.
Construction executive Louis Ciminelli was sentenced to two years and four months in prison by a Manhattan federal judge Monday for bid-rigging related to a key project in the "Buffalo Billion" initiative, with the judge saying his crime was offset by charitable giving and a cancer diagnosis.
DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review aspects of an immigration law that let the government skip environmental reviews related to a controversial border wall with Mexico and additionally allowed construction to move forward, denying pleas by environmental groups to strike down parts of the law.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' implementation of new laboratory payment rates in Medicare could cost an extra $11 billion unnecessarily, the Government Accountability Office said Friday in a report that urged CMS to change course.
The U.S. Department of Justice charged three defense contractor executives with allegedly defrauding the government after they were given money to build a warehouse and instead lied about when it would be done and what the warehouse looked like.
The Eleventh Circuit has decided that a federal district judge had been right to allow prosecutors to modify a criminal indictment against a Florida doctor who was later convicted of smuggling medical products into the U.S. as part of a health care fraud scheme.
The U.S. Department of Labor's federal contracts watchdog has announced it will give government contractors that have decided to make an early deal in a bias investigation a five-year grace period where the location at issue won't be audited if the companies fork over certain employment information.
A former executive for a suburban Chicago public bus service who pled guilty to accepting kickbacks in exchange for offering or extending contracts to technology support staff was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in prison.
In a stunning move, the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday told the U.S. Supreme Court that it wants to terminate a closely watched whistleblower suit against Gilead Sciences Inc., asserting that the False Claims Act case is “not in the public interest.”
A Texas-based Dell unit, New Jersey-based technology seller SHI International and several other contractors have been tapped for a deal worth up to $3.17 billion to provide Microsoft software licenses and annual subscriptions for the federal government, the U.S. Department of Defense said.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. has asked a Pennsylvania federal court to dismiss most of a munitions company’s lawsuit against the retailer, along with the company’s request for profits lost when Dick’s delay in taking a shipment of ammo allegedly scuttled a deal to sell helicopters to Lebanon.
Chicago’s Board of Education and a slew of bus companies have won their bid to dismiss a suit brought by a former public schools’ director alleging the companies colluded on special-needs service contracts and billed the city for trips that never took place on "ghost buses" that never ran, all while the board was aware.
A crane contractor can’t sue the city of Washington, Pennsylvania, in federal court over unpaid bills for an emergency rescue operation and building demolition because the city’s alleged breach of contract does not violate the contractor’s due process, the city said Friday, pushing to send the matter to state court.
Federal courts across the country are handing down important rulings interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on False Claims Act liability in Universal Health Services v. Escobar. As the rulings keep pouring in, stay up to speed on Law360’s latest coverage and analysis of Escobar’s impact.
In UnitedHealthcare v. Azar, a D.C. federal court recently determined that it was too easy for Medicare Advantage health plans to be accused of fraud based on erroneous data. Though the court struck down a regulation instructing plans to use "reasonable diligence," plans should not scale back compliance programs, says Michael Kolber of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.
By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.
Data in the System for Award Management shows a decline in federal suspension and debarment activity. The government excluded fewer contractors in every category in fiscal year 2018 compared to FY 2017, and even fewer when compared to FY 2016, say David Robbins and Laura Baker of Crowell & Moring LLP.
Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.
The outcome of next week's election remains uncertain, but it is possible to predict some of the policy changes and legislative initiatives likely to arise during lame duck and 116th congressional sessions if Democrats regain a majority in the House of Representatives, say Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP.
Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.
A recent Law360 guest article accurately described the U.S. Maritime Administration's lack of success in enforcing U.S.-flag cargo preference, but mainly ascribed that failure to conflicting oversight issues. The main reasons for MARAD's enforcement difficulties are the evolution of international commerce and the gradual adoption by U.S.-flag operators of commercial practices that make little sense, says Ron Cruse, president of Logenix International LLC.
The same principles apply to drone operations as to other forms of aviation: Always plan for an eventuality to happen, no matter how slight the risk, and then minimize the danger of that eventuality, say Robert Hanseman and Joseph Zeis of Sebaly Shillito and Dyer LLP.
Airport privatization projects, like the current initiative in St. Louis, face a fundamental dilemma: The public interest requires infrastructure to be operated cost-effectively, but private operators are motivated to maximize revenue, typically by increasing user fees, skimping on repairs and avoiding investment, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.
The U.S. Supreme Court's eventual decision in Azar v. Allina Health Services will be important for all hospitals or care providers that participate in Medicare. But it also has the potential — and risk — to become ensnared in much deeper issues about the foundations of administrative law, say Keith Bradley and Sven Collins of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.