Nursing home chain HCR ManorCare asked a Virginia federal court on Friday to sanction U.S. Department of Justice attorneys in a whistleblower False Claims Act case accusing the company of overbilling Medicare for unnecessary care, saying the attorneys have ignored court rules and orders while litigating the case.
A federal judge on Monday declined to halt a $27 million lawsuit brought by U.S. defense contractor Orbital ATK Inc. over a U.S. Army contract dispute, finding that a magistrate judge did not clearly err when he denied Heckler & Koch GmbH's efforts to pause the case pending an Eighth Circuit appeal.
A California appellate court ruled on Thursday that Siemens Industry Inc. was negligent when it failed to maintain backup batteries in a traffic light, reversing a lower court's finding that the company did not have a duty of care to the victims of a car wreck.
Humana Inc. hit the federal government Thursday with a suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims demanding more than $611 million in unpaid subsidies under the Affordable Care Act’s controversial risk corridors program.
The Federal Circuit on Friday partially revived a suit alleging several hospitals were underpaid by Tricare for outpatient radiology services, saying the U.S. Department of Defense could not use a release in a disputed payment deal to sidestep a claim that it had breached that contract.
The last American manufacturer of cluster bombs does not have to disclose whatever legal advice it was operating under when it arranged a roughly $1 billion sale of the internationally banned weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2011, a Massachusetts federal judge decided on Friday.
The House of Representatives on Friday approved a five-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, simultaneously cutting some prevention and other funds from the Affordable Care Act.
The Fourth Circuit on Thursday paused a suit alleging the shift captain at a security firm was harassed by coworkers who made him hold a noose and imitated a Ku Klux Klan hood with a white sheet while the court determines whether to rehear its decision to dismiss the case.
The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board has held that the maker of Humvee military vehicles was not barred from challenging a patent for a device that aids in regulating diesel-engine startup temperatures, parts of which the U.S. government recently settled an infringement case over in Federal Claims Court.
The former director of the company that manages operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal One was convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for the awarding of contracts and will pay a $2 million settlement, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday.
Health software company Epic Systems' software wrongly defaults to double-billing for anesthesia services, resulting in the government being overbilled by hundreds of millions of dollars, a relator claimed in a Florida federal False Claims Act case made public Thursday.
A security contractor on Wednesday beat claims that it retaliated against a former employee for acting as a False Claims Act whistleblower, as a Virginia federal judge found that the man had been fired for poor job performance, not because he was pointing out fraud and misappropriation of government funds.
A former Enron subsidiary largely prevailed Thursday in its bid for Nigeria to pay attorneys' fees it accrued while trying to enforce a $21.2 million arbitral award stemming from a dispute over the early termination of a power purchase agreement, with a D.C. federal judge approving more than $233,000.
The federal government and Illinois have slapped a Chicago-area youth counseling center with False Claims Act litigation contending that the facility’s owners tricked Medicaid out of millions by billing the program for more services than were actually provided and claiming time spent on non-reimbursable activities, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
The former litigation partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP who was arrested while allegedly trying to sell a sealed False Claims Act complaint to the cybersecurity company it was filed against plans to plead guilty later this month, his attorney confirmed Thursday.
The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a conviction and six-year sentence for the owner of an Indiana medical transport company who was charged with health care fraud and identity theft, finding that she failed to show any clear error in the proceedings that led to the jury’s guilty verdict.
The former president of a California company that operated electric vehicle charging stations has been sentenced in Illinois federal court to two years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding state and local governments in an effort to obtain grant funds.
The mayor of Pennsylvania’s third-largest city asked a federal judge to throw out the corruption case against him on Wednesday, arguing that federal prosecutors manipulated an investigating grand jury and relied on hearsay evidence rather than direct testimony from the key cooperating witness to secure the indictment.
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee sued the U.S. General Services Administration on Thursday, alleging it has unlawfully withheld documents from them related to a Trump Organization’s contentious hotel lease for the Old Post Office building in Washington, D.C.
AmerisourceBergen Corp. said Thursday it has set aside $575 million amid a False Claims Act investigation related to impure drugs and avoidance of U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversight, following the drug distributor’s recent criminal plea involving the same allegations.
Federal courts across the country are handing down important rulings interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on False Claims Act liability in Universal Health Services v. Escobar. As the rulings keep pouring in, stay up to speed on Law360’s latest coverage and analysis of Escobar’s impact.
The slow pace of cyber acquisitions constitutes a significant vulnerability. Congress has relieved some of the U.S. Department of Defense's regulatory burden in the past two years, but the streamlining efforts do not go nearly far enough to deter our enemies, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.
Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.
Most seasoned bid protest attorneys have been asked by a client, “Can my company protest the addition of other contractors to the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity pool?” As the Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in AAR Airlift illustrates, the answer to this question is “yes and no,” says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.
Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
In October, it will be one year since the Small Business Administration began accepting applications to its All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. During this time, we have been able to draw some lessons regarding the SBA's approach to the application process, says Katie Flood of PilieroMazza PLLC.
Last year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Kingdomware. However, the VA is pursuing a somewhat stealthy strategy that appears targeted to continue, in part, its pre-Kingdomware resistance to setting aside procurements for veteran-owned firms, say Daniel Koch and Stephen Ramaley of Miles & Stockbridge PC.
Last year, the Second Circuit in Bishop v. Wells Fargo handed the banking industry some much-needed ammunition to fight back against False Claims Act suits premised on broad certifications of compliance. It seems unlikely that the court’s upcoming reconsideration of the case in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar decision will change the outcome, say Andrew Schilling and Megan Whitehill of Buckley Sandler LLP.
As the federal government fiscal year nears its end, the airwaves are once again filled with the words “government shutdown” and “sequestration.” If those events come to pass, companies that are dependent to any significant degree on federal funding may need to think about furloughing some of their staff. But one type of worker in particular can present a challenge in this situation, says Shlomo Katz of Brown Rudnick LLP.
The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.