Government Contracts

  • December 1, 2017

    Fla. Doctor Settles Medicare Billing Fraud Case For $1.95M

    A Florida cardiologist has agreed to pay $1.95 million as part of a settlement with the federal government to resolve False Claims Act charges that accused him of seeking reimbursement from Medicare for medically unnecessary ultrasound tests, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • December 1, 2017

    Drug Co. Wants FOIA Answers From NIH Over Biotech Ties

    Orphan drug biotech company CTD Holdings Inc. on Thursday accused the National Institutes of Health in Florida federal court of not producing a single document to fill a year-old Freedom of Information Act request about ties the agency has with CTD’s competitor, Vtesse Inc.

  • November 30, 2017

    House Passes Bill To OK Minnesota Wilderness Mining

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would mandate that the U.S. Forest Service renew copper sulfide mining leases in the Minnesota wilderness, over Democrats' criticisms that the mine would tarnish the area.

  • November 30, 2017

    Investors Urge 4th Circ. Redo In PowerSecure Stock Drop Suit

    Investors asked the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday to rehear en banc its effort to revive a class action against PowerSecure International Inc., arguing a panel upholding its dismissal broke from circuit and Supreme Court precedent with an improper standard to adequately plead intent to commit securities fraud.

  • November 30, 2017

    GAO Again Suspends Frequent Filer From Bid Protests

    The Government Accountability Office in a decision released Thursday suspended frequent protester Latvian Connection LLC for the second time from filing new protests, just months after its previous suspension ended, saying the company has continued to “routinely and repeatedly” file legally unsound protests that eat up GAO resources.

  • November 30, 2017

    Fla. Court Revives Hospitals' Medicaid Rate Challenges

    A Florida appellate court Thursday revived 67 health care institutions' petitions challenging drastic cuts the state's Agency for Health Care Administration made to 2016-17 reimbursement rates for outpatient Medicaid care, finding the agency incorrectly deemed the challenges premature and moot.

  • November 30, 2017

    4 Charged Over Allegedly Exploiting DOD Small Biz Deals

    A New Mexico federal grand jury has indicted four men, including a former U.S. Department of Defense program office director, over an alleged scheme to bilk the government out of millions of dollars through inappropriate use of a small business contracting program, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • November 30, 2017

    Ex-Akin Gump Atty Pleads Guilty In DOJ Suit-Selling Case

    A former partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP pled guilty in California federal court Wednesday to charges that he stole a sealed government complaint while still employed with the U.S. Department of Justice and tried to sell the information to a cybersecurity company then under investigation.

  • November 30, 2017

    K&L Gates Adds Ex-Prosecutor, Health Care FCA Pro

    A former South Carolina federal prosecutor who subsequently defended a member of the state legislature against corruption charges and health care companies in False Claims Act suits has joined K&L Gates LLP as a partner.

  • November 29, 2017

    NY Court Pauses Guinea Mining Suit Against Soros

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday paused a suit from mining companies associated with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz that accuses George Soros of inducing Guinea to ax their iron mining rights, finding that related arbitration between the companies and the African nation should be completed before the federal case can proceed.

  • November 29, 2017

    7th Circ. Clears Prison Medical Contractor In Inmate's Suit

    The Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court decision Tuesday granting a quick win to prison contractor Advanced Correctional Healthcare, one of its doctors and a nurse in a suit brought by an inmate claiming his medical needs were ignored while at a county jail in Indiana.

  • November 29, 2017

    5 Takeaways From The 'New' FCPA Corporate Charging Policy

    A new policy guiding when corporations can avoid criminal charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for bribing foreign officials formalizes what had been a U.S. Department of Justice experiment and gives some amount of certainty for companies, experts say.

  • November 29, 2017

    Pharma Marketers Can't Escape Tricare Kickback Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday rejected several defendants’ attempts to dismiss allegations they received kickbacks to steer Tricare beneficiaries to participate in a fraudulent billing scheme, saying a whistleblower had adequately alleged the illegitimacy of the claimed “marketing” payments.

  • November 29, 2017

    HHS Pick Bashes ACA, Sweats Drug Prices On Capitol Hill

    President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services testified Wednesday on Capitol Hill, disparaging the Affordable Care Act and struggling to defend drug pricing decisions during his time at Eli Lilly & Co.

  • November 29, 2017

    Testimony Limited In Lance Armstrong Doping FCA Suit

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday limited the testimony of several experts in the U.S. Postal Service's False Claims Act suit against former cyclist Lance Armstrong, saying experts can't claim the postal service received no benefits from the sponsorship as a result of doping allegations or speculate on USPS' knowledge of the scheme.

  • November 29, 2017

    Raytheon Protests After Air Force Radar Deal Rejection

    Raytheon has protested after the U.S. Air Force eliminated it from a competition to provide the radar system for the next-generation JSTARS surveillance aircraft and effectively handed the deal to rival Northrop Grumman, arguing there had been “significant flaws” in the evaluation process.

  • November 29, 2017

    Pharmacies Abused Federal Workers' Comp, FCA Suit Says

    The U.S. federal government filed a False Claims Act suit in Texas federal court Wednesday alleging two pharmacies and their effective owners paid a chiropractor kickbacks to refer them prescriptions that the government would then reimburse under the federal workers’ compensation program.

  • November 29, 2017

    Feds Seek 30 Years For Fla. Eye Doc's $32M Medicare Fraud

    Federal prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison sentence for Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, who was found guilty of overbilling Medicare by $32 million, telling the court Tuesday that a lengthy imprisonment is needed to account for his “truly horrific” crimes and to deter similar offenses.

  • November 29, 2017

    Agency Urges Pa. Justices To Reduce Whistleblower Award

    An attorney for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission told the state’s Supreme Court on Wednesday that the state’s whistleblower law does not allow for noneconomic damages, in a bid to rescind half of a $3.2 million award granted to an employee who was fired for trying to expose the agency’s corrupt bidding practices.

  • November 28, 2017

    Gov't Must Face Valero's WWII Waste Cleanup Suit In Mich.

    A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday declined to toss or split refinery operator Valero’s suit alleging the U.S. government is on the hook for some of the cleanup costs at certain refineries that supplied fuels for America's World War II efforts, finding that despite the geographical spread of the refineries there exist common questions about the government's liability that weigh against transfer.

Expert Analysis

  • Post-Escobar Guardrails And Policy-Setting Relators

    Rebecca Martin

    The Fifth Circuit's decision in U.S. v. Trinity is the most recent addition to a remarkable run of appellate decisions affirming dismissal of False Claims Act cases on materiality grounds. Trinity, however, stands apart from the crowd in a number of ways, says Rebecca Martin of McDermott Will and Emery LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 3 Recent Bid Protest Decisions You Should Know About

    Thomas McLish

    Three October bid protest decisions from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office — in Sonoran, IPKeys and CliniComp — may affect how government contractors approach the proposal and protest process, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Preparing For An Increase In I-9 Worksite Enforcement

    Leigh Ganchan

    Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan recently issued a directive to increase worksite enforcement, putting I-9 compliance personnel on notice. However, knowing some basics about this development can help stakeholders gauge what to expect from the current administration, says Leigh Ganchan of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Suspension And Debarment: FY 2017 By The Numbers

    David Robbins

    Suspension and debarment data for fiscal year 2017 is now available in the System for Award Management, and an analysis reveals fascinating trends, says David Robbins of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.