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Government Contracts

  • December 4, 2018

    MVP: Crowell & Moring's Stephen J. McBrady

    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.

  • December 3, 2018

    Fla. Judge Recommends Trimming Pharmacy FCA Suit

    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.

  • December 3, 2018

    Bechtel Unit Wins $1.7B In Navy Nuclear Parts Contracts

    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.

  • December 3, 2018

    Contractor Loses Bid For Gov't Info On Abu Ghraib Abuse

    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.

  • December 3, 2018

    Congress To Pass Spending Stopgap Before Weekend

    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.

  • December 3, 2018

    New Lifeline System Has 'Serious Shortcomings,' FCC Told

    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.

  • December 3, 2018

    Builder Gets 28 Months On 'Buffalo Billion' Fraud Convictions

    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.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    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.

  • December 3, 2018

    Border Wall Can Skip Enviro Review After Justices Snub Case

    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.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    New Lab Payments Inflated By $11B, Watchdog Warns

    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.

  • November 30, 2018

    Defense Contracting Execs. Charged With Defrauding Gov't

    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.

  • November 30, 2018

    11th Circ. OKs Indictment Change In Med-Smuggling Case

    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.

  • November 30, 2018

    New DOL Directive Aims To Settle Claims And Shorten Audits

    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.  

  • November 30, 2018

    Bus Co. Exec Gets Prison For Taking Contract Kickbacks

    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.

  • November 30, 2018

    DOJ Will Nuke Gilead FCA Suit, Supreme Court Hears

    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.”

  • November 30, 2018

    Dell Unit, Others Nab DOD Software Deal Worth Up To $3B

    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.

  • November 30, 2018

    Dick's Looks To Cut Ammo Co.'s Suit Over Nixed Deal

    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.

  • November 30, 2018

    Chicago Education Board Beats 'Ghost Bus' Suit

    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.

  • November 30, 2018

    Pa. City Wants Crane Payment Fight Kicked To State Court

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Diligence Remains Key For Medicare Advantage Plans

    Michael Kolber

    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.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    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.

  • Suspension And Debarment: FY 2018 By The Numbers

    David Robbins

    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.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    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.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In A Divided Post-Election Congress

    Evan Migdail

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    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.

  • Rebuttal

    Why The US-Flag Cargo Preference System Is Broken

    Ron Cruse

    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.

  • Probabilities Vs. Consequences: Drone Liability Planning

    Robert Hanseman

    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.

  • Opinion

    Aviation Watch: The Pitfalls Of Airport Privatization

    Alan Hoffman

    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.

  • Larger Issues Possibly At Stake In High Court Medicare Case

    Keith Bradley

    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.