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Government Contracts

  • August 2, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revisit FBI Field Office Lease Dispute

    The full Federal Circuit declined Thursday to rehear a dispute over the terms of a leasing agreement for the FBI’s Cleveland field office, with two dissenters arguing the court should have taken up the case to address an underlying issue regarding the Court of Federal Claims’ jurisdiction.

  • August 2, 2018

    DP World Prevails In Row Over Port Deal Nixed By Djibouti

    An international arbitrator has sided with DP World after the government of Djibouti seized control of a deep-sea terminal that the major port operator had managed for more than a decade under a concession agreement with the East African nation, according to a Thursday statement.

  • August 2, 2018

    DLA Piper Affiliate Campos Mello Nabs Arbitration Expert

    Brazil's DLA Piper-affiliated firm Campos Mello Advogados has hired a partner with years of experience handling both domestic and international arbitration and litigation for a variety of clients.

  • August 2, 2018

    Library Of Congress Gets New Data Center In $27M Contract

    Accenture Federal Services has won a contract worth roughly $27.3 million to build a new data center for the Library of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office with the aim of improving security, reliability and performance, the company said.

  • August 2, 2018

    Albertsons Says FCA Suit Makes Same Claims As Earlier Ones

    National grocery company Albertsons LLC has urged a Texas federal court to dismiss a suit claiming it submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for various drugs, arguing the same allegations had already been brought up in previous cases, one by the current plaintiff.

  • August 2, 2018

    Pittsburgh, Ex-Mayor Seek To Toss FCA Suit Over Housing

    Pittsburgh and a former mayor asked a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to dismiss a long-simmering false claims lawsuit alleging the city misspent federal housing money, arguing that the housing agency had years to weigh if the spending was proper but had still kept the money coming.

  • August 2, 2018

    CACI Can’t Toss Ex-Abu Ghraib Detainee From Abuse Suit

    A Virginia federal judge refused Thursday to toss a former detainee at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison from a suit seeking to hold CACI International liable for abuses at the prison, although she did set a high bar for him thanks to the loss of his medical records.

  • August 1, 2018

    US Atty For Pa. Creates Civil Enforcement Strike Force

    The U.S. attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania announced on Wednesday he is establishing an Affirmative Civil Enforcement Strike Force to investigate and prosecute the abuse of government programs — including health care and procurement fraud — plus enforce civil rights statutes and combat the opioid crisis.

  • August 1, 2018

    Raytheon Denied Protest Over Deal Despite Army Mistakes

    The U.S. Army made several mistakes when assessing Raytheon Co.’s $1.36 billion bid for a maintenance contract, but its $100 million price premium over Lockheed Martin Corp.’s bid meant it wouldn’t have won the deal even without those errors, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision released Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    Dutch Co. Says Serbia On Hook For $12.4M Arbitral Award

    A Dutch company contracted by the Serbian government to run a publicly owned steel mill operator is seeking to confirm a $12.4 million arbitral award issued against the mill operator for alleged wrongful termination of the contract, according to a petition filed in D.C. federal court.

  • August 1, 2018

    Senate Sends $717B Defense Bill To Trump's Desk

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday easily passed the $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2019, sending to President Donald Trump the massive annual defense bill to be signed into law at the earliest point in more than four decades.

  • August 1, 2018

    White House Sets Out 2020 R&D Focus For US Agencies

    The White House released its annual list of federal research and development budget priorities, saying it will look to agencies to promote innovation in areas such as national security, artificial intelligence, medical advancements and “energy dominance.”

  • July 31, 2018

    Eye Doc From NJ Graft Trial Can't Undo Medicare Fraud Rap

    A Florida federal judge refused Monday to grant a new Medicare fraud trial to an ophthalmologist who escaped corruption charges last year alongside his longtime friend U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., rejecting the doctor's claims that new evidence called for a do-over.

  • July 31, 2018

    Doc Gets Prison For Defrauding VA Over Bogus Procedures

    A cardiologist was slammed with a 20-month prison sentence Tuesday in New Jersey federal court for defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of nearly $240,000 by billing the agency for medical procedures he never performed.

  • July 31, 2018

    Govs. Threaten Legal Action If Title X Changes Become Law

    The Democratic governors of New York, Oregon and Washington said they would have no choice but to take legal action if the Trump administration moves forward with proposed changes to the Title X family-planning program that would pull funding for Planned Parenthood.

  • July 31, 2018

    GAO Floats Suggestions For Federal E-Commerce Portals

    The U.S. General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget should closely examine how potential models for pending e-commerce portals for federal agencies will fit into the current procurement system before finalizing their choice of portal, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Monday.

  • July 31, 2018

    Nooksack Officials Beat Tribe Members' RICO Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Tuesday tossed a suit by Nooksack Indian Tribe members alleging tribal officials conspired to disenroll them, saying that the federal government’s recognition of tribal leadership deprived the court of jurisdiction over those claims.

  • July 31, 2018

    Gov't Urges DC Circ. To Deny Challenge To Kaspersky Ban

    The federal government on Monday hit back at Kaspersky Lab Inc.’s challenge to legislation banning federal agencies from using its software, telling the D.C. Circuit the ban was not an unconstitutional "bill of attainder" that had extrajudicially punished the Russian cybersecurity company.

  • July 31, 2018

    IRS Urged To Let Congress Vote On Outsourcing Attys

    The Internal Revenue Service should wait for Congress to act on pending legislation narrowing the role of nongovernment attorneys in audits before finalizing its own rules, several people said at an agency public hearing Tuesday at IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • July 30, 2018

    Chamber Urges DC Circ. To Affirm Toss Of OPM Breach Suit

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pressing the D.C. Circuit to preserve the dismissal of litigation over a 2015 data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, arguing that standing for data breach plaintiffs shouldn't be "automatic" and that government contractors shouldn’t be expected to go beyond preexisting data security arrangements.

Expert Analysis

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Contractors Must Look For Potential Claims Before Payment

    Justin Scott

    A contract dispute between the Army Corps of Engineers and Merrick Construction illustrates the importance of proper record-keeping and documentation throughout the life of a construction project. Otherwise, potential claims may fall through the cracks, especially when a critical employee leaves the project and responsibility must be transferred to someone else, says Justin Scott of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • GAO Will Police 'Other Transaction Authority' Awards

    Ronald Lee

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's Oracle decision acts as a shot across the bow to agencies exploring Other Transaction Authority agreements as alternatives to traditional contracting, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Congress’ Overlooked Environmental Legislation

    Rachel Jacobson

    The House recently passed — and now the Senate is considering — the most important piece of energy and environmental legislation it will consider all year. It isn’t a revision to the Endangered Species Act or the Clean Water Act. It's the National Defense Authorization Act, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • A Breath Of Life For Calif. FCA Insurance Coverage

    Jan Larson

    The Ninth Circuit recently revived an insurance coverage dispute between Office Depot and AIG, holding that coverage for alleged violations of the California False Claims Act is not categorically precluded by California law. Similarities between the CFCA and the federal False Claims Act raise potential for broad application of this decision, say Jan Larson and Sebastian Brady of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.