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Government Contracts

  • May 10, 2018

    Contractor Sued Over Employee Stock Deal Led By Now-Felon

    A government contractor that runs youth job-training centers was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court Wednesday accusing it of shorting employees through an unfair stock sale to an employee ownership plan that was implemented by a trustee who later pled guilty to stealing from other plans.

  • May 10, 2018

    Sheldon Silver, Feds Make Final Case To Jury In 2nd Graft Trial

    Prosecutors and defense lawyers made their closing arguments to a Manhattan federal jury on Thursday in the retrial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on charges that he used the powers of his office to take in $5 million in bribes and fraud proceeds.

  • May 10, 2018

    JPMorgan Can’t Escape DOL’s Pay Bias Suit

    An administrative law judge has denied JPMorgan’s bid to escape allegations by the U.S. Department of Labor that it illegally pays women less than men, saying the requirement that workers alleging pay discrimination sue their employers within a certain time frame doesn’t apply to the DOL’s government contracts watchdog.

  • May 9, 2018

    TechFreedom Adds Space Law Expert As GC

    TechFreedom has appointed its first general counsel, a former senior adjunct fellow at the technology think tank who has years of expertise as a technology attorney and as a pioneer in the practice of international space law, according to a Wednesday statement.

  • May 9, 2018

    Vet Cops To Fraud In $8M Deal To Construct Facility At AFB

    A U.S. Army veteran pled guilty in Kansas federal court to charges stemming from allegations that he used his status as a service-disabled veteran to improperly help a company win an $8.2 million U.S. Department of Defense contract to construct a health care facility at a Massachusetts Air Force base.

  • May 9, 2018

    NASA Supplier Says Rival Is Shirking $3.1M Judgment

    NASA supplier Advanced Fluid Systems Inc. urged a Pennsylvania federal court to step in and force rival Livingston & Haven LLC to start ponying up on a $3.1 million judgment on AFS' claims that a former employee pushed business to the rival.

  • May 9, 2018

    Neb. Tribes Sue Pharma Cos. Over 'Havoc' From Opioid Crisis

    Three Nebraska tribes accused Purdue Pharma LP, McKesson Corp. and other opioid manufacturers and distributors in federal court Tuesday of allowing their drugs to be diverted into and wreak "havoc" on tribal communities, adding to the growing number of cases against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic.

  • May 9, 2018

    Pai Prods Alaska Telecom Not To Shirk Rural Service Duty

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai took an Alaska telecommunications provider to task for thinking about pulling out of the FCC's program to subsidize rural telecom services for health care providers, despite obligations under federal law and agency rules to provide those services.

  • May 8, 2018

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals To Pay $57M To End DOJ Inquiry

    Ireland’s Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC has agreed to pay $57 million to resolve a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into its purported financial support of nonprofits that help Medicare patients cover out-of-pocket drug costs, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.

  • May 8, 2018

    Holland & Knight Adds White Collar Atty From Foley & Lardner

    A former Foley & Lardner LLP partner who spent the last several months representing Fox host Charles Payne amid sexual harassment allegations and who previously represented a UBS AG executive amid municipal bond rigging accusations has decamped for Holland & Knight LLP's white collar team, the firm announced Monday.

  • May 8, 2018

    $32M In Equipment Vanished From Calif. Navy Site: Probe

    More than $32 million in equipment has gone missing from a U.S. Navy center in California because of mismanagement by employees, who have also mishandled classified materials, independent federal investigators told President Donald Trump and Congress. 

  • May 8, 2018

    F-35 Deliveries Resume After Repair Spat Resolved

    Lockheed Martin Corp. has resumed deliveries of the F-35 fighter jet to the U.S. Department of Defense, ending a delivery halt that had stemmed from a dispute over repair costs for a corrosion issue, the DOD said Monday.

  • May 8, 2018

    Ex-Navy Contractor Gets 7 Years For $2.8M Bribery Scheme

    A former contractor at Military Sealift Command was sentenced to just over seven years in prison for taking around $2.8 million in a telecommunications-related bribery scheme that went on for more than a decade, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement Tuesday.

  • May 8, 2018

    Securus Urges FCC To Use Discretion In Robocall Blocking

    Prison phone operator Securus Technologies Inc. told the Federal Communications Commission on Monday that the agency must make sure proposed methods to cut down on unwanted robocalls don't head off legitimate calls from inmates calling loved ones through a correctional facility's phone system.

  • May 7, 2018

    RxStrategies Says CVS, Rival Swiping Its Customers

    RxStrategies Inc., a leading program administrator for the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program, asked a Florida federal judge Monday for a preliminary injunction to keep CVS and rival Wellpartner from engaging in anti-competitive conduct and using what the company says are its misappropriated trade secrets to steal customers.

  • May 7, 2018

    3 Construction Cases To Watch

    In the burgeoning U.S. construction market, companies appear to be more focused on making deals and stacking steel than duking it out in court, but there are still several lawsuits worth paying attention to, attorneys say. Here, Law360 takes a look at three cases attorneys have their eyes on.

  • May 7, 2018

    'Evidentiary Incontinence' Bothers Judge In FCA-Firing Retrial

    A federal judge fumed on the first day of a False Claims Act-retaliation bench trial Monday when two attorneys displayed “evidentiary incontinence” and asked “pointless” questions while he considered whether their client was wrongfully fired for raising red flags about overbilling at Massachusetts nursing homes.

  • May 7, 2018

    NASA Properly Marked Bidder On $190M Contract, GAO Says

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office rightly denied a company’s protest over its exclusion from consideration for a $190.2 million National Aeronautics and Space Administration service contract, despite previously finding that NASA had unfairly assessed its bid, according to a decision made public Monday.

  • May 7, 2018

    Drug Cos. Can Add Support To Pause Cherokee Opioid Suit

    An Oklahoma federal judge said Monday that several major drug distributors and retail pharmacies can offer more support for their argument that a suit by the Cherokee Nation over the companies’ alleged role in the opioid epidemic should be paused while an Ohio court handling multidistrict litigation decides whether it and other suits by many other tribes belong in federal court.

  • May 7, 2018

    Feds Say Tribe Can't Revive Forest Mismanagement Claims

    The federal government on Friday pushed back at an Arizona tribe's bid to revive claims that the government mismanaged reservation forests, telling the Court of Federal Claims that the tribe hasn’t pointed to any express promise made by the government to remedy any forest management defect.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Statistical Issues In Eye Doc Fraud Sentencing

    Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong

    The reasonableness of an extrapolated loss calculation was a significant sentencing issue in U.S. v. Melgen last month in the Southern District of Florida. The court found flaws in both the government's and defendant’s analyses, and then calculated its own loss figures, say Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong of McDonald Hopkins LLC and Chris Haney of Forensus Group LLC.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • FCA Materiality May Return To High Court

    J. Alex Ward

    Recent cases demonstrate that, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Escobar, False Claims Act materiality questions remain and continue to be litigated. Gilead filed a petition for certiorari a few months ago, and it is a key case to watch, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Implies Narrowing Of Claims Court Jurisdiction

    Stuart Turner

    Following the Federal Circuit's decision in Cleveland Assets, any protest filed at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging violation of a statute or regulation that does not obviously qualify as a “procurement statute” may face a jurisdictional challenge, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • How Settling With The Gov't Is Costlier Under New Tax Law

    Marvin Kirsner

    A provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act greatly expands the scope of the disallowance of deductions for fines and penalties paid to government agencies. This will make it costlier for a company to settle claims of violation of laws and regulations brought by federal, state or local agencies, or even foreign governments, says Marvin Kirsner of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: March

    Layth Elhassani

    Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.