Nursing home pharmacy chain PharMerica Corp. escaped a False Claims Act case unblemished on Tuesday, joining two other companies that settled without admitting culpability in the 11-year-old whistleblower suit that once sought $421 million in Massachusetts federal court.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation filed suit against the U.S. Indian Health Service on Tuesday saying that it is owed about $94 million for health service contract costs accumulated from fiscal year 2006 to 2014 and that negotiations to resolve the issue have not worked out.
A joint venture and its affiliates improperly failed to cover The Hanover Insurance Co. for more than $5 million in losses caused by claims, settlements and litigation stemming from an Illinois boiler plant project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the insurer alleged in Georgia federal court Monday.
An industry group that represents Google, Microsoft Corp. and dozens of other information technology firms that serve the public sector issued a letter calling for lawmakers to release an upcoming U.S. Department of Defense report on its contentious JEDI cloud procurement and steer the DOD away from its single-source proposal.
Global construction and procurement giant KBR Inc. has landed a contract with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company to develop the world’s largest fully integrated crude oil-to-chemicals complex, according to a statement by KBR.
Lockheed Martin has landed a $1.4 billion contract to provide continued support and logistics services for the worldwide fleet of F-35 Lightning II fighter jets used by the U.S. Armed Forces and international customers, according to a Monday announcement.
A federal judge told a Massachusetts mental health group in court on Monday that it will not escape an allegation that the company has for eight years been overbilling state and federal health insurance programs for treatments conducted at clinics allegedly run by unlicensed, untrained and unsupervised personnel.
Panasonic Corp. and a subsidiary agreed on Monday to pay a total of more than $280 million to settle allegations the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by hiding payments to third parties linked to government-owned airlines in Asia and the Middle East and to a purported corporate spy inside a U.S. airline.
The U.S. Department of Defense expects to slash about half its defense-specific acquisition rules after a regulatory review panel completes its work, a top U.S. Army contracting official said.
A Las Vegas-based cardiovascular surgical practice agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that the organization overbilled federal health care programs including Medicaid and also billed for services it did not perform, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
The European Union competition regulator said it approved a plan by Italy to prolong two private highway contracts without a bid, saying caps on tolls and potential compensation from the projects align with EU state aid rules.
The Federal Circuit on Monday backed the Court of Federal Claims’ refusal to revisit its judgment in a protest over a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical supply contract, saying the protester could not extend a deadline for reconsideration based on a “collateral” alteration to the original judgment.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has accepted a $2 million settlement from a bankrupt technology company it had targeted for more than 20 times that amount in damages for alleged overbilling and alleged failure to adequately perform under a string of contracts in the 2000s.
A pension fund urged a Virginia federal court on Friday to compel Orbital ATK Inc. to turn over documents related to its internal investigation into financial misstatements made about a contract with the U.S. Army, saying Orbital's privilege claims in discovery have been overly broad.
Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to sentence an attorney and political consultant to 18 months in prison after he copped to charges in connection with two separate pay-to-play schemes in the Pennsylvania cities of Allentown and Reading.
Biogen Idec Inc. must face a False Claims Act lawsuit in Massachusetts after a federal judge on Friday ruled two former employees adequately alleged that the Cambridge-based company paid kickbacks in 2009 and 2010 to doctors who prescribed its multiple sclerosis medications.
A man convicted of pocketing funds earmarked for developing a $12 million soccer stadium told a Connecticut federal judge on Friday that he should not owe restitution to the city of Hartford for his role in the scheme, saying the government failed to prove actual loss attributable to him.
Sanctions placed on Russia by Congress are also hurting both the U.S. and its allies by restricting arms sales, Defense Secretary James Mattis told lawmakers, as he also defended the U.S. Department of Defense’s contentious approach to its pending JEDI cloud computing contract.
A former executive at a power plant development company who is accused of bribing Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appears to have struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors, according to court papers filed Thursday.
Two South Florida residents have been charged with stealing food from the mouths of babes by participating in a multifaceted fraud conspiracy that took advantage of a federal program providing free and reduced-cost meals to underprivileged children at day care centers, federal prosecutors said Friday.
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.
Sponsored health care programs have expanded the scope of available services to include "providers" who do not offer direct medical care, but who facilitate or coordinate the provision of services by physicians and other more traditional caregivers. Difficulties in determining how to monitor these newer provider types may have kept them off the government's fraud and abuse radar for a while, but not anymore, says Paul Cirel of Todd & Weld LLP.
Last month, an internal U.S. Department of Justice memorandum surfaced suggesting that the DOJ may increase its efforts to dismiss meritless qui tams. No agency would welcome this more than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has struggled to deal with endless False Claims Act investigations, says Peter Leininger of King & Spalding LLP.
Recent developments point to continued high total spending on government contracts, which will improve national defense, disaster relief and domestic infrastructure, presenting opportunities and challenges for both agencies and contractors, says Joseph Berger of Thompson Hine LLP.
Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.
After the recent submission of three bids in response to Massachusetts electric distribution companies' request for proposals for offshore wind energy projects, the stage is set for 2018 to be a breakthrough year in U.S. offshore wind development, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.
Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.
Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.
A little-discussed petition for certiorari — Vitol v. Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico — presents the important question of whether a lower federal court may resolve a case on the merits without determining whether Congress has granted it jurisdiction to do so. This implicates weighty issues concerning separation of powers, federalism and preclusion, say William Adams and Owen Roberts of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.
In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit.
Two new policies from the U.S. Department of Justice, along with ongoing developments concerning the elements of scienter and materiality stemming from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Escobar, have the potential to significantly change the landscape of False Claims Act enforcement in the year ahead, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.