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Government Contracts

  • September 26, 2018

    Army Awards 135 Cos. Spots On $12B IT Deal

    Under a massive $12.1 billion U.S. Army deal for commercial information technology services, 135 companies including industry giants and small businesses will compete for task orders, the Army has announced.

  • September 26, 2018

    Medco Exec Tells 3rd Circ. FCA Suit Based On Nonpublic Info

    A former Medco Health Solutions Inc. executive urged the Third Circuit on Wednesday to revive his False Claims Act kickback suit over purportedly secret drug discounts, reasoning during oral argument that he had met the law’s burden of lodging claims based only on nonpublic information.

  • September 26, 2018

    House Passes $857B Bill To Fund Defense, Avert Shutdown

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday easily passed an $857 billion bill funding federal defense, labor and health spending for 2019 as well as temporarily funding other federal programs, sending the bill to President Donald Trump to be signed into law and stave off a federal shutdown.

  • September 26, 2018

    Allergan Medicaid Rebate Suit Redo Denied At 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday again refused to revive a pharmaceutical executive's suit claiming Allergan Inc. and other drug manufacturers shorted the federal government on drug rebate payments.

  • September 26, 2018

    $78M Award Can Be Scrutinized In India, High Court Says

    India's Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider the Indian government's challenge to a $78 million arbitral award issued by a tribunal in Kuala Lumpur to a British oil and gas company's Indian subsidiary, reversing a determination that the court lacks jurisdiction.

  • September 26, 2018

    Lawmakers Push Back On DOD Progress Payment Proposal

    Top congressional leaders pushed back against a proposed U.S. Department of Defense rule that would make progress payments to major defense contractors more performance based, saying the proposal would wrongly make it harder for companies to do business with the DOD.

  • September 26, 2018

    Contractor's Ex-Attys Dodge Sanctions In $77M Forfeiture Suit

    A District of Columbia federal judge has declined to sanction attorneys at Neel Hooper & Banes PC for allegedly refusing to quit when fired by a defense subcontractor from a $77 million civil forfeiture litigation, instead granting the attorneys’ request to intervene to pursue a cut of any potential award.

  • September 26, 2018

    DOD Says Bids For $10B JEDI Deal Must Be Hand-Delivered

    The U.S. Department of Defense has again pushed back the deadline for submitting bids for its contentious $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract solicitation and will now require companies to hand-deliver their proposals.

  • September 25, 2018

    Hospital Chain To Pay $260M Over False-Billing Claims

    Health Management Associates Inc. agreed to pay more than $260 million to settle allegations that it wrongly pressured physicians to admit more patients to its hospitals’ emergency services departments in order to fraudulently bill the government, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • September 25, 2018

    Admiral Nominee Defends Integrity Amid 'Fat Leonard' Link

    The nominee to lead U.S. military operations in South America was forced Tuesday to defend his integrity under questioning from Democratic senators, saying he had been cleared of any wrongdoing related to the “Fat Leonard” bribery scandal that has drawn in a number of current and former senior U.S. Navy officers.

  • September 25, 2018

    NJ Housing Agency Can't Shake Whistleblower Suit

    A New Jersey state appellate court on Tuesday partially revived a suit brought by a former employee of the Housing Authority of the City of Passaic who was allegedly terminated in retaliation for questioning the bidding process on two construction projects, finding that the court should have extended time for discovery before ruling.

  • September 25, 2018

    Afghanistan Mine Owner Found Guilty Of Ripping Off Gov't

    A Washington, D.C., federal jury on Monday found that the former owner of a now-defunct marble mining company in Afghanistan was guilty of fraud and money laundering for his role in ripping off a government agency and defaulting on a $15.8 million loan.

  • September 25, 2018

    Boeing Gets $2.4B Air Force Deal To Replace Iconic 'Huey'

    The U.S. Air Force has chosen Boeing for a $2.38 billion deal to provide a replacement helicopter for its iconic UH-1N Huey, picking Boeing’s MH-139 model over alternatives offered by rivals Sikorsky and Sierra Nevada.

  • September 25, 2018

    China Slams Pending $330M US Military Deal With Taiwan

    The Chinese government on Tuesday strongly objected to a pending $330 million sale of U.S. military equipment to Taiwan, saying the deal should be terminated and warning of future harm to U.S.-China relations already damaged by recent sanctions.  

  • September 25, 2018

    Release Doesn't Bar In-Home Aides' False Billing Claims

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has rejected arguments that separation agreements inked by former Bayada Home Health Care Inc. aides releasing the company from “any and all claims” spell doom for the workers' whistleblower case accusing the company of false Medicare billing practices.

  • September 24, 2018

    Pentagon Spectrum Expert Predicts More Dynamic Sharing

    As Pentagon spectrum expert Frederick Moorefield Jr. sees it, the rise of mobile services has burdened the airwaves like never before and the government must consider increasingly complex sharing arrangements to accommodate wireless consumers while still securing important military communications.

  • September 24, 2018

    Defense Dept. Falling Short Of Cost Savings Goals, GAO Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense is at least $800 million short, if not more, of a congressionally-mandated goal to slash spending on administrative and support activities with roughly a year left to hit the target, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Monday.

  • September 24, 2018

    Group Eyes Quick Win In DC Student Loan Servicer Regs Suit

    A student loan servicing trade group has asked a D.C. federal judge for a quick win in its lawsuit that seeks to block the District of Columbia’s recent moves to license and regulate loan servicers operating there, pushing back against the city’s bid to torpedo the case altogether.

  • September 24, 2018

    Ala. Hospital Reaches $4.3M FCA Deal Over Toxicology Tests

    East Alabama Medical Center and its subsidiary Aperian Laboratory Solutions LLC have agreed to pay $4.25 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks in exchange for toxicology lab test referrals, according to the whistleblower’s attorneys.

  • September 24, 2018

    OMB Unveils New Cloud Strategy In Tech Modernization Push

    The White House Office of Management and Budget released a proposed “Cloud Smart” strategy Monday, meant to drive increased federal adoption of cloud computing by slashing red tape and improving related acquisition, employment and cybersecurity practices.

Expert Analysis

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • DOJ Focuses FCA Priorities On Small Business Contracts

    Cormac Connor

    False Claims Act investigations related to small business certifications are nothing new. However, the U.S. Department of Justice under the current administration has prioritized Small Business Administration-related FCA investigations, say attorneys with Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Top 5 NDAA Provisions On Energy And The Environment

    Rachel Jacobson

    On Monday, President Donald Trump will sign the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Buried deep within these acts are often-overlooked provisions that have a major impact on energy, environment and natural resources policy, say Rachel Jacobson and Matthew Ferraro of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • How Businesses In Mexico Can Prepare For The AMLO Era

    Jonathan Adams

    On July 1, Mexicans elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador — known as AMLO — as their next president, in response to his campaign promising to clean up corruption and help the disadvantaged. Now, businesses should review their activities for anything that could create the appearance of corruption, and evaluate their social responsibility profiles, says Jonathan Adams of Baker McKenzie.