Government Contracts

  • November 7, 2017

    Booz Allen Discloses SEC Probe Amid DOJ Billing Inquiry

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton for reasons the company believes are related to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into possible issues with Booz Allen’s billings for government contracts, the company said Monday.

  • November 7, 2017

    Informant Says Gov't Breached Contract To Secure Him Award

    A government informant who helped bring down a $1.4 billion international gambling syndicate told a Federal Circuit panel Tuesday that a government attorney and an agent for the U.S. Department of State violated a verbal contract when they failed to honor their promise to help him secure a portion of the massive judgment against the criminal enterprise.

  • November 7, 2017

    Nossaman Adds Ex-K&L Gates Public Pension Partner

    Nossaman LLP has hired an ex-K&L Gates LLP public pensions pro who spent more than a decade as general counsel for the largest public pension fund in the U.S., bolstering its strengths in trust law, regulatory investigations and fiduciary standards for investment funds.

  • November 7, 2017

    Pair Of FCA Suits Against Lockheed Martin Units Consolidated

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Monday consolidated two False Claims Act suits accusing two Lockheed Martin units of jacking up the costs of thousands of replacement aircraft parts, finding that both whistleblower cases backed by the government raise common concerns.

  • November 7, 2017

    Army Contracting Official Gets 1.5 Years For Bribery Scheme

    A U.S. Army contracting officer representative who previously spent 10 months in a South Korean prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving $7.3 million worth of surveillance camera installation contracts will spend another 18 months in a U.S. prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

  • November 7, 2017

    Italy Fines Big Four Accounting Firms €23M For Collusion

    Italy’s antitrust watchdog on Tuesday fined the Big Four auditing firms more than €23 million ($26.7 million) for rigging bids to provide services to Italy’s central public procurement operation.

  • November 7, 2017

    Trump Dials Down Heated Rhetoric Toward North Korea

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday made overtures to North Korea after months of increasingly heated rhetoric, suggesting it “come to the table” for negotiations on its nuclear weapons program while also discussing tentative plans for South Korean weapons and trade deals.

  • November 7, 2017

    Calif. Medicaid Transpo Biz Accuses Group Of Monopoly

    A transportation coordinator for California’s Medicaid program hit an association of non-emergency medical transporters with a suit Monday in California federal court accusing them of attempting to monopolize the market for the transportation in Los Angeles County and engaging in other anti-competitive conduct.

  • November 6, 2017

    Fla. Prosecutor Fights DQ Bid In $1B Health Care Fraud Case

    The first of two prosecutors expected to testify in Florida businessman Philip Esformes' bid to disqualify the team charging him with orchestrating a $1 billion false billing scheme took the stand Monday to defend the team's use of documents and communications that Esformes claims are privileged.

  • November 6, 2017

    Whistleblower Objects To 21st Century Ch. 11 Plan

    A whistleblower urged a New York bankruptcy court on Friday not to let cancer treatment chain 21st Century Oncology use bankruptcy to wipe the slate clean of allegations that it falsely charged for medical services done under a dirty contract with a Florida health system.

  • November 6, 2017

    Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty In $100M Fraud Scheme

    The owner of a Florida pharmacy at the center of a $100 million scheme involving bogus insurance reimbursements for prescription drugs pled guilty to two conspiracy counts in federal court Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 6, 2017

    Trump Wants $6B More For 'Urgent' Defense Needs

    President Donald Trump asked Congress on Monday for an additional $5.9 billion for the U.S. Department of Defense for 2018, the majority of which would go toward defensive efforts against North Korean missiles, while also urging lawmakers to take up a previous request for additional border wall funds.

  • November 6, 2017

    Feds Fight Kimberly-Clark's Bid To Have FCA Suit Tossed

    A whistleblower urged a Georgia federal court Friday to keep alive a qui tam suit alleging Kimberly-Clark Corp. and medical technology company Halyard Health Inc. directly or indirectly submitted false claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare and other federal programs for medical devices that were later found to be faulty.

  • November 6, 2017

    Claims Court Won't Nix Wrongly Awarded $103M NASA Deal

    A Small Business Administration ruling that a joint venture was eligible for a $103 million NASA environmental and health services contract violated the SBA's mentor-protégé regulations at the time, but canceling the deal would be too harmful to the government, a Court of Federal Claims judge ruled in a decision unsealed Monday.

  • November 6, 2017

    The Law Firms Spinning The White House Turnstile

    A change in administration opens revolving doors for BigLaw, allowing some attorneys to transition to a government gig while giving others the chance to move into the private sector. Here are the firms and attorneys cycling through some prominent executive branch positions.

  • November 6, 2017

    What Trump’s War On Regulations Means For Lawyers

    Corporations and their attorneys can be some of the country’s most ardent deregulation enthusiasts, but many are struggling to navigate uncertainty clouding the Trump administration’s efforts to pare down the rulebook.

  • November 6, 2017

    Has Trump Been Good For BigLaw?

    Last November’s Election Day triumph for Donald Trump seemed likely to bring about, as one consultant put it, a “legal industry on steroids.” A year on, though, the picture for law firms is decidedly mixed.

  • November 6, 2017

    Who’s Repping Whom? Law360’s Guide To The Mueller Probe

    As Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign draws a slew of corporate attorneys to the scene, here’s a look at the legal firepower representing figures in the special counsel’s inquiry.

  • November 6, 2017

    Kimberly-Clark Says 'Bald Assertions' Can't Sustain FCA Suit

    Kimberly-Clark Corp. urged a California federal judge on Monday to toss once again a False Claims Act whistleblower suit alleging it scammed the government by marketing its MicroCool surgical gowns as protection against contagious diseases, saying the latest complaint is full of “bald assertions” instead of sufficient pleadings.

  • November 6, 2017

    Tribe Seeks Quick Win In HHS Health Program Funding Suit

    The Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone tribe on Friday moved for summary judgment in its suit seeking to force the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund provisions of an agreement to pay for the operation of various health care programs.

Expert Analysis

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • What Senate Democrats Added To 'Buy American' Efforts

    Justin Ganderson

    It is clear that certain Senate Democrats want to strengthen “Buy American” policies and requirements, and they likely will continue to focus their efforts on “Buy American” reform. It is also quite notable that these same Senate Democrats essentially are aligned with the Trump administration on these matters, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.

  • DFARS Cyber Compliance Deadline Is Approaching

    Steven Snyder

    Combining the strict verbiage of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement cyber regulations with the comprehensive nature of the National Institute of Standards and Technology "controlled unclassified information" requirements creates a formidable compliance challenge for any contractor and its subcontractors, says Steven Snyder of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • History Shows Infrastructure Plans Need Better Oversight

    Robert Epstein

    History offers many examples of public construction projects marred by cost overruns, delays and catastrophic failures. As major new infrastructure plans are contemplated, government oversight of public works projects must improve, say Robert Epstein and Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • When A SOX Whistleblower Claim Applies Extraterritorially

     Matthew LaGarde

    The recent decision from the U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board in Blanchard v. Exelis Systems is important because it makes clear that, so long as the misconduct reported by the employee affects the United States in “some significant way,” the Sarbanes-Oxley Act will apply extraterritorially, says Matthew LaGarde of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • 5 Ways To Fix The False Claims Act

    Krista Cooley

    In the mortgage industry, allegations abound that the U.S. Department of Justice has abused its power by cajoling and pressuring False Claims Act settlements with questionable legal foundation on the bet that few want to be sued by the federal government. Lenders may be more willing to sue and be sued by the government if the FCA more clearly defined what constitutes a violation, say Krista Cooley and Laurence Platt of Mayer Brown LLP.