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Government Contracts

  • June 13, 2018

    UnitedHealthcare Beats FCA Suit Over In-Home Exams

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday threw out a False Claims Act lawsuit against UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co. over in-home physical exams it offers to beneficiaries who have their insurance covered by Medicare, saying the suit doesn’t describe a fraud.

  • June 13, 2018

    VA Eyes Blockchain To Simplify Contract Closeouts

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is considering using blockchain technology to streamline its contract closing process, according to a recently filed request for industry input on the issue.

  • June 12, 2018

    SuperValu Fights Quick Win Bid On Medicare, Medicaid Claims

    Retailers led by SuperValu Inc. blasted whistleblowers' attempted quick win on certain Medicare and Medicaid allegations concerning alleged overbilling of the federal government for medication, arguing that Seventh Circuit precedent does not say the government should have gotten the discounted prices the companies offered cash customers.

  • June 12, 2018

    Google's AI Rules Show DOD's Commercial Tech Difficulties

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai's recent announcement that the company won't work on weapons programs reinforces the cultural and practical obstacles that remain in the way of the U.S. Department of Defense's efforts to attract commercial technology firms as contractors, despite its efforts at outreach.

  • June 12, 2018

    Defense Bill Stymied By Trade, Military Authority Riders

    Disputes over trade and other policy amendments have snarled the path forward for the sweeping $715 billion defense authorization bill in the Senate this week, as senators engaged in procedural struggles over which of them would be able to add to the legislation.

  • June 12, 2018

    Securus Says No Evidence Of Intent To Record Prison Calls

    Prison phone operator Securus urged a California federal judge Monday not to issue an “advisory” ruling sought by former inmates and criminal defense attorneys accusing it of illegally recording their conversations, arguing there’s no need to weigh whether calls were intentionally recorded because there’s no evidence they were recorded at all.

  • June 12, 2018

    Dominion Energy Unit Sues DOE Over Spent Nuclear Fuel

    A Dominion Energy Inc. subsidiary has sued the U.S. Department of Energy in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for allegedly breaching for several years a contract to collect spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste at a power station.

  • June 12, 2018

    FCC Designates New UK 'White Spaces' Database Manager

    The Federal Communications Commission has designated a major domain name registry in the United Kingdom to run a database listing unused broadcast TV spectrum that identifies untapped wireless spectrum capable of transmitting broadband data, saying the company’s technical expertise made it the right candidate for the job.

  • June 12, 2018

    Ex-NY State Rep Cops To Fraud, Obstruction Charges

    A former state legislator confessed in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday to swindling New York City and the Federal Emergency Management Agency out of about $70,000 and admitted to having her sister lie to FBI investigators about it in a bid to cover her tracks.

  • June 11, 2018

    6th Circ. Rules Care Certification Timing Material To FCA

    The Sixth Circuit on Monday revived, for the second time, a whistleblower False Claims Act suit accusing a senior living company of retroactively issuing doctors’ certifications underlying Medicare claims, saying the relator had sufficiently shown the alleged conduct was material to payment.

  • June 11, 2018

    GAO Partially Sides With Challenger To $1.4B Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision that there is some merit to a Dubai-based contractor’s challenge to an up to $1.38 billion Defense Logistics Agency food-distribution contract, holding that the agency incorrectly evaluated the previous-experience portion of the winning proposal. 

  • June 11, 2018

    KBR Withholding Key Employee Docs In FCA Row: Relators

    Defense contractor KBR Inc. should be ordered to add nine employees to its document and information search in a False Claims Act suit alleging that it bought excess supplies under a Middle East logistics contract, a pair of former employees told an Illinois federal court Friday.

  • June 11, 2018

    Kaspersky Urges DC Circ. To Expedite Federal Ban Ruling

    Embattled Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab Inc. urged the D.C. Circuit to quickly decide its appeal over a ban on the U.S. government using its products, saying a growing stigma resulting from the ban has significantly hurt its bottom line.

  • June 11, 2018

    AGs, Trump Duel Over Implications Of 'Emoluments'

    Attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia squared off Monday with the U.S. Department of Justice over the scope of the term "emoluments" in a battle in Maryland federal court over whether foreign payments to the Trump International Hotel in Washington violate the Constitution.

  • June 11, 2018

    Tariffs Threaten Construction With Delays, Increased Costs

    The construction industry is scrambling to deal with the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs as uncertainty about the price of each metal appears likely to delay projects and increase the price of construction, experts say.

  • June 11, 2018

    15 Minutes With The General Counsel Of Vencore

    Kevin Boyle has been the general counsel of Vencore for approximately the past year, guiding the $1.2 billion provider of information solutions, cybersecurity, engineering and analytics for the U.S. government through an initial public offering and a merger. Here, Law360 talks to Boyle about the recent merger, the one thing he values most in outside counsel, and his thoughts on the billable hour.

  • June 8, 2018

    JV Wins $25B Deal To Manage NM Nuclear Weapons Lab

    A joint venture of two universities and applied sciences and technology firm Battelle Memorial Institute has been awarded an up to $25 billion contract to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a key part of the U.S. nuclear weapons program, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced Friday.

  • June 8, 2018

    Philippine Appeals Court Axes $6M Order In Airport Row

    An international tribunal improperly ordered a company that lost an arbitration over claims the Philippine government reneged on an agreement to construct an airport terminal to pay $6 million in costs, including attorneys' fees, an appeals court in the Philippines has ruled.

  • June 8, 2018

    Dem Wants White House To Explain Arrestee's Clearance

    A top House Democrat urged White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Thursday to explain how a National Security Council contract staffer continued to be allowed to work at the White House despite an outstanding warrant for attempted murder, saying the issue had raised “grave questions” about the administration's security clearance process.

  • June 8, 2018

    Lockheed Loses Texas Tax Appeal Over Fighter Jet Sales

    Sales of military aircraft built at a Lockheed Martin Texas facility that were eventually sold by the U.S. government to foreign governments were correctly sourced to Texas and are subject to Texas franchise tax, the state’s Court of Appeals ruled Friday in a case of first impression.

Expert Analysis

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • 11th Circ. Decision Deepens An FCA Circuit Split

    Douglas Baruch

    The Eleventh Circuit's False Claims Act decision this month in U.S. v. Cochise results in a clear and stark circuit court split. The issue of whether the extended limitations period may be invoked by relators in declined qui tam actions — and, if so, whose knowledge triggers the clock — is now ripe for resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Update For Gov't Contractors On Settled Suit Cost Recovery


    Since the Federal Circuit's 2009 decision in Geren v. Tecom, the allowability of government contractor settlement costs incurred in just about any type of third-party lawsuit has been unclear. But this month the U.S. Court of Federal Claims had the opportunity to analyze the Tecom standard in Bechtel v. U.S., say Steven Masiello and Tyler Thomas of Dentons.

  • When To Accept ADR For Defense Contractor Reprisal Cases

    Lynne Halbrooks

    While participation in the new alternative dispute resolution program for reprisal cases in the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General may seem unnecessary, it is still worth considering, says Lynne Halbrooks, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP and former acting inspector general of the DOD.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.