Government Contracts

  • February 5, 2018

    Booz Allen Scores $621M DHS Cybersecurity Contract

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded Booz Allen Hamilton a $621 million contract to assist with the next stage of the federal government's efforts to better secure agencies' networks against increasingly prevalent and sophisticated cyberattacks, the company said. 

  • February 5, 2018

    Orbital ATK Must Face Rival's Trade Secret Theft Suit

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday trimmed two claims from space technology company SSL’s suit accusing rival Orbital ATK of stealing its trade secrets through a shared NASA server, but refused to toss the suit, saying SSL had adequately pled the majority of its allegations.

  • February 5, 2018

    ICSID Had Record Caseload In 2017, Report Says

    The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes said Friday it registered a record number of cases last year, with the most involving states in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, while it also strove to appoint a diverse collection of arbitrators.

  • February 5, 2018

    Ex-Doc Gets 8 Years For Fraud, Illegally Dispensing Opioids

    A former Kentucky doctor will serve eight years in prison after pleading guilty to nearly 50 charges of illegal distribution of opioids and health care fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

  • February 5, 2018

    Ex-NY Lobbyist Tells Jury Life Of Thieving Led To Plea

    Todd Howe, the disgraced lobbyist whose testimony prosecutors hope will lead to the corruption convictions of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and three businessmen, told a Manhattan jury Monday that he stole roughly $1 million from Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP before he was fired in 2016.

  • February 5, 2018

    DOD Pushes Spending Hikes In New Nuclear Weapons Plan

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Friday issued a new Nuclear Posture Review, affirming its commitment to maintaining the “nuclear triad” as a deterrent to U.S. adversaries while calling for billions of dollars in increased investment to modernize the equipment that underpins that triad.

  • February 5, 2018

    IberiaBank Sues For Coverage Of $11.7M FCA Deal

    IberiaBank has hit Travelers and Illinois Union with a suit in Louisiana federal court to force the insurers to cover an $11.7 million False Claims Act settlement the bank reached with the federal government last year over its mortgage lending practices.

  • February 5, 2018

    DOD Forming Cryptocurrency Guide For Background Checks

    The Defense Security Service said Monday it is working with other U.S. Department of Defense offices to develop guidance on whether cryptocurrency ownership must be disclosed in applications for federal security clearances, following a number of inquiries from the industry.

  • February 2, 2018

    Sixth Circ. Says City Approval Needed FM Station Upgrade

    A Christian radio station in Riverview, Michigan, cannot upgrade broadcast equipment on a city-owned radio tower without approval from the city, a Sixth Circuit Panel ruled Monday, affirming a lower court’s finding that such approval was required by the station’s lease allowing it to place equipment on the tower.

  • February 2, 2018

    Morgan Stanley Wants FCA Claims Cut From Calif.'s Suit

    Morgan Stanley urged a San Francisco judge Friday to nix False Claims Act allegations from the California attorney general’s suit alleging the bank carelessly lost public retirement funds during the 2008 financial crisis, saying the state waited too long to sue.

  • February 2, 2018

    FCC Report Of Good Broadband Buildout Raises Hackles

    The Federal Communications Commission released a controversial final report late Friday that found internet service is being reasonably and quickly rolled out nationwide, prompting criticism over the accuracy of the picture painted by the agency’s Republican majority.

  • February 2, 2018

    House Panel Leader Tells DHS To Cough Up Kaspersky Docs

    The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee has ordered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to hand over documents related to compliance with its order barring federal agencies from using AO Kaspersky Lab products, threatening a subpoena if it doesn’t comply.

  • February 2, 2018

    9th Circ. Botched Escobar Standard, High Court Hears

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit ruling that let False Claims Act litigation proceed against Gilead Sciences Inc., saying the ruling “disregarded” key elements of the high court’s Escobar decision.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • DFARS Cyber Rule Considerations For Contractors In 2018

    Susan Booth Cassidy

    For contractors, New Year's resolutions should include addressing the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement cyber rule and confirming that their existing processes and procedures anticipate how the U.S. Department of Defense will measure compliance with the rule in the year to come, say Susan Booth Cassidy and Catlin Meade of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: January

    Richard Hertling

    After passage of tax reform legislation, the GOP passed another temporary funding bill to avert a government shutdown before the holidays. As a result, congressional leaders again put off a resolution of a major fiscal debate over the budget, along with partisan disputes over immigration, health care and national security, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

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    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Tax Nonfilers Face Potential Liability Under New York FCA

    Randall Fox

    A recent, little-noticed decision in the New York Supreme Court has confirmed that the tax provisions of New York’s False Claims Act apply not only to persons and companies that cheat on their tax returns, but also to those who knowingly skirt their obligations by entirely failing to file any New York tax returns, say Randall Fox of Kirby McInerney LLP and Adam Pollock of Ford O’Brien LLP.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.