Government Contracts

  • February 2, 2018

    State Of The Union Won't Fix Partisan Quagmire In Congress

    As Congress returns to fend off another government shutdown Monday, experts said President Donald Trump's State of the Union address alone did little to break up the partisan battles that have dominated congressional fights over spending, immigration and other issues.

  • February 2, 2018

    €40M Award Wrongly Amended Post-Judgment: DC Circ.

    An American security contractor that won confirmation of a €39.8 million arbitral award against Greece following a dispute stemming from the 2004 Olympics cannot benefit from the more favorable exchange rate in place when the award was issued, the D.C. Circuit ruled Friday, finding the contractor had "explicitly" requested a judgment in euros.

  • February 2, 2018

    Matson Defends DC Circ. Challenge To Rival's Gov't Subsidies

    Container shipper Matson Navigation Co. told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that rival shipper APL should not have received federal subsidies for Guam and Saipan trade routes as part of a national security program that requires subsidized vessels to participate in foreign commerce.

  • February 2, 2018

    Feds Probe OSI Systems After Short Seller's Bribery Report

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating airport X-ray developer OSI Systems' compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act following a tipoff by a short seller, the company told investors Thursday.

  • February 1, 2018

    Ex-Lab Execs Found Liable For $17M Medicare Fraud

    A medical testing laboratory’s former head and two others committed $17 million worth of Medicare fraud, a South Carolina federal jury found Wednesday, according to prosecutors who also said the verdict in the whistleblower suit will be automatically trebled to $51.2 million.

  • February 1, 2018

    DynCorp, AAR Settle $10B Counternarcotics Contract Row

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday dismissed DynCorp International LLC’s suit accusing a unit of AAR Airlift Group of stealing its secrets to score a $10 billion counternarcotics support services contract from the U.S. Department of State, after both parties said they’d struck an undisclosed settlement.

  • February 1, 2018

    Gov't Defends FCA Whistleblower Provision At 10th Circ.

    The whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act isn’t unconstitutional, the Trump administration said Tuesday after intervening to defend the law in a fraudulent health care reimbursement suit pending before the Tenth Circuit.

  • February 1, 2018

    Boeing Scores $6.6B For Missile Defense Expansion

    The Boeing Co. has received almost $6.6 billion to continue working on a U.S. Department of Defense division’s ground-based midcourse defense system, which is meant to defend the United States against certain ballistic missile attacks from countries like North Korea and Iran, the agency announced.

  • February 1, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won’t Rethink Clearing FCC In $21M Spectrum Row

    A Federal Circuit panel on Thursday summarily refused to reconsider its decision tossing, for lack of jurisdiction, a bankrupt wireless carrier’s $21 million suit over the Federal Communications Commission’s sale of its defaulted spectrum licenses.

  • February 1, 2018

    Watchdog Backs DOD's $16B In Foreign Sales Cost Waivers

    The nearly $16 billion in cost waivers the U.S. Department of Defense has granted under the Foreign Military Sales program over the past few years have effectively advanced U.S. interests, but the DOD should streamline its process for deciding on those waivers, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2018

    New DOL Contractor Watchdog Charts Cooperative Path

    Business advocates who on Wednesday attended one of a series of meetings with the new head of the U.S. Department of Labor’s contractor watchdog say they came away confident the office will be transparent and willing to help contractors comply with federal discrimination laws, two things they say the Obama administration wasn’t.

  • February 1, 2018

    DOD Acquisition Panel Calls For 'Dynamic Marketplace'

    An expert panel tasked by Congress with reviewing the U.S. Department of Defense’s acquisition processes released the first section of its much-anticipated report Wednesday, introducing a “dynamic marketplace” proposal that would see the Pentagon lean more heavily on commercial items.

  • January 31, 2018

    Toll Contractor Wins $53.3M For Miami-Dade Contract Breach

    A Florida state court on Monday entered a final judgment of $53.3 million for Electronic Transactions Consultants Corp. in a breach of contract and wrongful termination suit the company brought against Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority stemming from its work building a cashless toll system for the county's expressways.

  • January 31, 2018

    Renal Clinics Will Pay $4M To Settle Investors' Fraud Claims

    Private equity-backed American Renal Associates Holdings Inc. on Wednesday agreed to pay $4 million to a class of shareholders who claimed in Massachusetts federal court that the dialysis clinic operator artificially inflated its stock price and misled investors by making false statements related to allegations of insurance fraud around the time of its 2016 initial public offering.

  • January 31, 2018

    General Dynamics Unit Pushes Maine For $60M In Tax Credits

    Representatives for a Maine shipyard company owned by General Dynamics pushed state lawmakers on Tuesday to support up to $60 million in a renewal of tax credits for shipbuilding facilities to help the company continue building ships for the U.S. Navy.

  • January 31, 2018

    Coast Guard Spent $60M On Failed Health Records System

    The U.S. Coast Guard wasted five years and nearly $60 million on a failed electronic health records system without anything to show for it and currently relies on paper records to document its health services, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Tuesday.

  • January 31, 2018

    DOJ, NY Strike $6.4M False Billing Deal With Health Care Co.

    The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that a Brooklyn-based provider of home health care services has agreed to pay $6.42 million to resolve allegations that it violated federal and state False Claims Acts by falsely billing Medicaid for services it did not provide.

  • January 31, 2018

    Army Awards Raytheon $2.3B Deal For Patriot Missile Support

    The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon Co. a five-year, $2.3 billion contract for support work on Patriot air and missile defense systems, the U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday.

  • January 31, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Hold Twitter Liable For Fatal ISIS Attack

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a California federal judge’s finding that Twitter Inc. cannot be held liable for the Islamic State group’s killing of two government contractors due to it allowing terrorists to tweet, ruling that the victims’ families failed to show a direct relationship between the social media giant and the murders.

  • January 31, 2018

    GAO Blocks Big Biz Protest On FDA Small Biz Software Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office dismissed a regulatory writing business's challenge to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration software support deal, finding in a decision made public Tuesday that alleged technical risks are not a basis for granting an exception to the usual prohibition on large businesses challenging contracts that have been set aside for small businesses.

Expert Analysis

  • New Magnitsky Sanctions Expand Enforcement Authority

    Michael Zolandz

    New sanctions under the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act not only provide the U.S. government with a new instrument to take action in response to conduct that might violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or the U.S. anti-money laundering laws, but also expand the scope of U.S. extraterritorial enforcement, say partners with Dentons.

  • Crystallex's Implications For Holders Of Venezuelan Debt

    Richard Cooper

    As the economic situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate and the number of bond defaults continues to mount, the Third Circuit’s recent ruling against Crystallex is a poignant reminder about the challenges of recovering on claims against a determined sovereign. However, Crystallex is not without further litigation options, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • What To Expect From FCA Investigations This Year

    Jaimie Nawaday

    The investigation and filing of False Claims Act cases will continue apace in 2018. There are common mistakes to avoid in responding to such investigations, mistakes that I repeatedly witnessed during my tenure in the civil frauds unit of the Southern District of New York, says Jaimie Nawaday of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Protesting With Less Than A Full Deck At GAO

    Al Krachman

    The ultimately successful grounds for many bid protests at the U.S. Government Accountability Office often become known to protesters after the procuring agency produces its report in response to the initial protest. But what if the agency report omits segments of the procurement records? Contractors and their counsel should address this in their post-award strategies, say Al Krachman and Phil Beshara of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Rebuilding Texas: An Overview Of Public Procurement Issues

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    Following Hurricane Harvey, the federal government committed substantial dollars toward reconstruction efforts in Texas. For members of the construction industry planning to engage in these public projects, there are important things to know about Texas public procurement law, say Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • When Gov't Knowledge Of Industry Practice Bars FCA Claims

    Barbara Rowland

    In its recent decision in Spay v. CVS Caremark, the Third Circuit adopted the government knowledge inference defense, thereby offering False Claims Act defendants in the circuit another weapon in their arsenal of defenses to obtain dismissal of FCA claims, say Barbara Rowland and Carolyn Kendall of Post & Schell PC.