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Government Contracts

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 25, 2018

    Trump Loses Bid To Dismiss Hotel Emoluments Case

    Maryland and the District of Columbia have plausibly alleged that President Donald Trump’s potential receipt of payments from foreign and domestic governments to the Trump International Hotel violates the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, a Maryland federal judge found Wednesday in a landmark ruling.

  • July 24, 2018

    Textron Must Disclose Legal Advice On Cluster Bomb Deal

    Textron Systems Corp. must turn over documents surrounding legal advice it received 14 years ago that could shed light on whether the last U.S. company to have manufactured cluster bombs was justified in cutting a Saudi consultant out of a $1 billion deal, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • July 24, 2018

    $717B Defense Bill Raises Troop Pay, Skips Contentious Items

    The final $717 billion 2019 National Defense Authorization Act supports some U.S. Department of Defense priorities like a new battlefield monitoring network while pushing back against others through moves like restricting the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey and leaving many contentious proposals out entirely.

  • July 24, 2018

    GOP Donor Wants State Dept. Input In Qatar Hacking Case

    A prominent Republican fundraiser accusing the Qatari government of authorizing the hacking of his servers as part of an alleged smear campaign asked a California federal court to request a statement from the U.S. Department of State on the potential national security implications of the case.

  • July 24, 2018

    Denver Approves $78.9M Bombardier Airport Train Contract

    The Denver City Council approved a $78.85 million contract with Bombardier Transportation (Holdings) USA Inc. on Monday to provide new train cars for Denver International Airport’s underground train system.

  • July 24, 2018

    DC Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of Security Clearance Suit

    The D.C. Circuit declined to revive litigation brought by a former employee of a government contractor who alleged he lost his security clearance and subsequently his job because federal agencies and officials were committed to destroying his career, holding Tuesday that he didn’t offer sufficient reasons for reinstating the suit.

  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

  • July 23, 2018

    Grant & Eisenhofer Not Entitled To $31M Fee, Ex-Client Says

    A former Grant & Eisenhofer PA client told a California federal judge on Monday the firm can’t take a $31 million cut of her settlement in a False Claims Act suit against Celgene Corp., arguing the firm’s contingency agreement stopped applying when she fired the firm.

  • July 23, 2018

    NTIA Still Worried Fiber Transition Too Fast For Agencies

    Federal agencies using dated telecommunications technologies are still at risk of being left behind by the transition from copper networks to fiber optics, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration warned last week in pushing for more protections from the Federal Communications Commission.

  • July 23, 2018

    Contractor Sues NY Over Inadequate Water Treatment Plans

    A construction joint venture is seeking at least $18 million in damages from the city of New York for allegedly failing to pay out the contract for a water treatment plan at a Bronx golf course that experienced delays as a result of the city’s inadequate planning, according to a complaint filed in state court Friday.

  • July 23, 2018

    DOJ Says Judge Botched Escobar By Axing $350M FCA Win

    The U.S. Department of Justice is assailing a Florida federal judge’s elimination of a $350 million False Claims Act verdict against a nursing chain, telling the Eleventh Circuit that the move reflected a “serious misunderstanding” of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Escobar decision.

  • July 23, 2018

    Orbital Says Cert. Should Be Denied In Stock-Drop Suit

    Orbital ATK Inc. hit back at a bid for class certification from investors who accuse the defense contractor of misleading them over losses on a $2.3 billion U.S. Army ammunition deal, telling a Virginia federal court Friday that the investors haven’t shown a drop in the company’s stock price directly stemmed from the alleged misrepresentations.

  • July 23, 2018

    Niger, Passport Co. Settle Dispute Over $46M Award

    A more than three-year battle by a British Virgin Islands passport company to enforce a $46 million arbitral award against the Republic of Niger, which the West African nation claimed had been tainted by bribery, has come to an end, the parties have told a D.C. federal court.

  • July 23, 2018

    Sikorsky Gets Kickback Claims Cut From Navy's FCA Suit

    A Wisconsin federal judge trimmed claims from a False Claims Act suit accusing Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. of overcharging the U.S. Navy for replacement aircraft parts, ruling two Sikorsky units hadn’t engaged in a kickback scheme, but let reverse false claims allegations move forward.

  • July 23, 2018

    NJ Justices Won't Review OptumRx Bid To Revive $6B Deal

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to second-guess a state appeals court’s published decision that government contract bids attempting to adjust financial terms in response to requests for proposals are invalid, which upended a $6 billion health benefits management contract awarded to OptumRx Inc., according to an order made public Monday.

  • July 23, 2018

    Is The Grass Greener On The Solo Side?

    Long hours. Financial stress. Unpredictable clients. These lawyers say they've found their calling.

  • July 23, 2018

    Former Nonprofit Atty Says School's Law Firm A 'Sham'

    A former attorney for a nonprofit private school for children with traumatic brain injuries has filed suit against the school in New York federal court, alleging that she was fired after raising concerns about government funds she claims was funneled to the school's founder through a "sham" law firm.

  • July 20, 2018

    Law360's Satisfaction Survey: By The Numbers

    Being a lawyer is not easy. But among private practice attorneys, in-house counsel and government lawyers, who's feeling the greatest pressure in finances and stress? Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey provides a snapshot.

  • July 20, 2018

    The Least-Stressed Attorneys In A Stressed-Out Profession

    Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey shows that when it comes to career and overall well-being, one type of firm is a lawyer's happy place — at least relatively speaking.

Expert Analysis

  • Still Looking For Clarity In DOD Information Security Rule

    Jeniffer De Jesus Roberts

    The U.S. Department of Defense recently issued guidance on its information safeguarding rule, but many believe the rule remains as clear as mud. There are some steps contractors can take to protect themselves from the unknown, say Jeniffer De Jesus Roberts and Katherine Veeder of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Lessons From Panasonic FCPA, Accounting Fraud Settlement

    Gayle Littleton

    Panasonic recently agreed to pay over $280 million in penalties, disgorgement and prejudgment interest to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and accounting fraud violation allegations, making it the largest FCPA settlement so far this year. The resolution reaffirms the importance of internal controls to identify the location of corporate funds, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Takeaways From Senate 'Buy American' School Lunch Bill

    Justin Ganderson

    Even if the bipartisan American Food for American Schools Act fails to make it out of committee, it signals a continued trend to strengthen the “Buy American” requirement under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, say Justin Ganderson and Jennifer Plitsch of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Insurers Use Calif. Fraud Law Against Health Providers

    Zachary Rothenberg

    California's Insurance Fraud Prevention Act has emboldened car insurance companies to sue health care providers for allegedly overcharging patients whose bills are ultimately paid by the insurers in personal injury claims. As IFPA suits become increasingly common, health care providers should take precautions to minimize their exposure, says Zachary Rothenberg of Nelson Hardiman LLP.

  • CPSC Steps Up Action On Safe Product Packaging Standards

    Amy Rubenstein

    For the first time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has imposed a civil penalty against a company for violations of Poison Prevention Packaging Act standards — despite no evidence of consumer injury. Prudent pharmaceutical and household product manufacturers may want to review their packaging compliance programs and reporting, to avoid penalties, litigation and recalls, say Amy Rubenstein and Jamie Davis of DLA Piper.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • 4 Considerations For Gov't Contractor Carveout Deals

    Scott Freling

    The steady flow of M&A activity in the government contracts industry has included a number of “carveout” transactions, where a government-focused business is separated from its existing corporate structure. Despite the great benefits from carveouts, the path to the finish line is riddled with challenges, say Scott Freling and Alexander Hastings of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • ​GAO Clarifies Rules For Conflict Of Interest Waiver Protests

    Aron Beezley

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's decision this month in ARES Technical Services Corporation provides useful guidance to GAO protesters on where they should — and should not — focus their organizational conflict of interest waiver challenges, says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.