Government Contracts

  • March 12, 2018

    With FCC On Sidelines, Mayors Move To Protect Net Neutrality

    As of Monday at least 11 mayors have signed a pledge to banish internet service providers that block, slow, or charge for prioritization of internet traffic in their cities, as a growing list of city and state governments move to defend net neutrality principles in the wake of federal deregulation.

  • March 12, 2018

    ManTech, 2 Others To Dole Out $1.18M In Missed OT Pay

    Cybersecurity firm ManTech International Corp. and two subcontractors will fork over $1.18 million in back pay to more than 200 employees who were shorted on compensation for overtime while working on a government contract, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division said Monday.

  • March 12, 2018

    House Asks ICE For License Plate Reader Contract Info

    Lawmakers on the House oversight committee have asked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to turn over details on the agency's plan to access a private nationwide license plate database that tethers a car to a specific location, saying they want to ensure that the personal information of millions of Americans is being protected by the company storing it.

  • March 12, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin Adds Ex-Ogletree Deakins Employment Atty

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has boosted its labor and employment group with the addition of a new partner in Washington, D.C., from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, the firm has announced.

  • March 12, 2018

    Deal Bars Subcontractor From Seeking Army Corps Clawback

    In a case he called a conundrum, a Court of Federal Claims judge on Monday ruled against a subcontractor and contractor’s trustee who had, over that contractor’s objections, sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeking to claw back money it was owed, saying a previous related settlement barred the case.

  • March 12, 2018

    Graft Trial Judge Won't 'Coerce' Deadlocked Jury

    Prosecutors seeking to convict an ex-aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of bribery asked a Manhattan federal judge Monday to prod a mired jury toward a verdict using strong language, but the judge left the proposed language on the cutting room floor when she told jurors to keep working.

  • March 12, 2018

    ViaSat Unit To Pay $12M To End False Claims Act Allegations

    A ViaSat Inc. unit agreed to pay more than $12 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it entered into government defense contracts under a program designed for small businesses, despite the communications subsidiary's large parent company, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • March 12, 2018

    Pharmacist, Employee Get Prison For $30M Tricare Fraud

    A Florida federal judge on Friday sentenced a pharmacy owner and his “right-hand man” to 17 and 15 years, resepectively, in prison for bilking Tricare and a federal employee benefit scheme out of more than $30 million through a conspiracy to fill unnecessary prescriptions.

  • March 12, 2018

    Feds Fight Guam Businesses' Bid For Cert. In H-2B Visa Suit

    The U.S. government on Friday urged a federal judge in Guam to reject certification of a proposed class of businesses in the territory that allege their temporary worker visa petitions were being unfairly denied, arguing that the employers lack standing because no relief could be granted now.

  • March 12, 2018

    Air Force Awards $961M Drone Fleet Support Contract

    The U.S. Department of Defense awarded URS Federal Technical Services Inc. a $961 million contract Friday for operational and maintenance support of remotely piloted aircraft used by the Air Force.

  • March 9, 2018

    Why The ‘Blue Slip’ Battles Are Becoming White Hot

    It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.

  • March 9, 2018

    Senior Judges Fill The Void Left By Rampant Vacancies

    More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they're playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Far Right Can The President Pull The Courts?

    Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that's not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.

  • March 9, 2018

    Nooksack RICO Suit Doesn’t Fit In Fed Court, 9th Circ. Told

    Nooksack tribal officials told a Ninth Circuit panel on Friday that a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act lawsuit from members who say the officials conspired to strip them of their enrollment doesn’t belong in federal court, while one judge opined that the allegations described a record that “a tin-pot dictator of a banana republic might be proud of.”

  • March 9, 2018

    Ghana Can't Call On Foreign Orders In $13.4M Row, Cos. Say

    A British energy firm and its Ghanaian subsidiary on Thursday blasted Ghana's contention that a pair of foreign orders handed down last year bar a D.C. federal court from confirming a $13.35 million arbitral award against the country over a disputed power purchase agreement, declaring the argument baseless.

  • March 9, 2018

    Dr. Reddy's Escapes FCA Suit Over Drug Packaging

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday tossed a suit alleging Dr. Reddy’s caused the government to be billed for prescription drugs sold in packages not tested for child safety, saying the whistleblowers can’t bring claims under the False Claims Act because they haven’t alleged any factual falsehoods.

  • March 9, 2018

    Veolia Unit Seeks Conciliation With Gabon Over Nixed Deal

    Weeks after armed men “commandeered” a subsidiary of French resource management company Veolia Group, and the Gabonese government terminated its concession to produce and distribute drinking water and electricity, the subsidiary said Friday it’s filed a conciliation request at a World Bank arbitration forum.

  • March 9, 2018

    Raytheon, Palantir Nab $876M Army Intelligence System Deal

    A unit of defense giant Raytheon and data analytics firm Palantir have jointly scored an $876 million deal to replace the U.S. Army’s troubled intelligence analysis system, the Army announced Thursday, after Palantir had previously sued it over its alleged failure to properly consider commercial contractors.

  • March 9, 2018

    Dollar General Slips Investor Suit Over Gov’t Benefit Cuts

    Dollar General can exit a securities class action claiming it neglected to share the impact of cutbacks to the federal government’s food stamps program on its finances, a Tennessee federal judge said Thursday, finding investors failed to prove the retail giant and its executives intentionally misled them during earnings calls.

  • March 9, 2018

    DOJ Turns Down 4 ManorCare FCA Suits After Stinging Loss

    The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to join four False Claims Act suits targeting HCR ManorCare Inc. over allegedly improper Medicare billing for hospice services, a move that follows the DOJ’s embarrassing loss in recent FCA litigation against ManorCare.

Expert Analysis

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Rebuilding Texas: Protections And Limitations For Designers

    Bryan Gaudet

    In the final part of their series on considerations for companies engaging in reconstruction projects following Hurricane Harvey, Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP explore some of the particularities of working as a design professional on a public project in Texas.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Previewing The Administration’s Infrastructure Policy

    Richard Butterworth

    The administration's infrastructure investment plan is expected to be a significant part of the State of the Union address this week. Judging by a recently leaked White House "Funding Principles" memo on infrastructure, the plan is expected to push private financing opportunities to state and local governments, say Richard Butterworth and Seth Kirshenberg of Kutak Rock LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • How Cos. Can Take Advantage Of DOJ False Claims Act Memo

    Aileen Fair

    The U.S. Department of Justice memorandum made public on Jan. 24 is a sensible clarification of government policy concerning the False Claims Act. If followed, it could deter qui tam relators from filing meritless FCA claims, say Aileen Fair and Harry Sandick of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • 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 Bill

    Justin Ganderson

    The recently introduced 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.