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Government Contracts

  • December 19, 2018

    Air Force Grounds Light Attack Aircraft Plan Until 2019

    The U.S. Air Force pushed back the deadline for the next step in its plan to buy a light attack aircraft, a branch spokesperson has announced, as the service has delayed the release of its final request for proposals in the initiative until next year.

  • December 19, 2018

    Compliance With Buy American Act Must Improve, GAO Says

    Several government agencies need to better train staff and contractors on how to comply with the Buy American Act and how to more effectively keep track of foreign products that are bought by federal agencies, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office.

  • December 19, 2018

    Lockheed Martin Wins $585M Missile Defense Radar Contract

    Aerospace powerhouse Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Moorestown, New Jersey, unit has been awarded a $585 million, five-year contract to manufacture a Hawaii-based missile defense radar in an effort to counter evolving threats, the U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday.

  • December 19, 2018

    Senate OKs Bill To Improve Gov't IT Supply Chain Security

    The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would require federal agencies to consider security risks within their supply chains when buying information technology products, aimed at curbing perceived risks of espionage from technology made by foreign-owned companies.

  • December 19, 2018

    Defense Contractor Sues Execs, Lenders Over $2.6M Loans

    Aerospace and defense contractor Blue Force Technologies filed a suit in North Carolina federal court on Tuesday looking to invalidate what it says are $2.6 million in fraudulent loans two former executives took out under its name to finance a separate contracting venture.

  • December 19, 2018

    Advocates Call Lifeline Program Changes Too Burdensome

    A coalition of public interest groups told the Federal Communications Commission in a filing posted Wednesday that some changes meant to weed out fraud and abuse in the Lifeline subsidy program are too burdensome and harmful to eligible recipients.

  • December 19, 2018

    London Jury Convicts Ex-Alstom Exec Of Bribery In SFO Win

    A London jury on Wednesday convicted a former Alstom Power Ltd. sales executive of conspiring to bribe politicians and employees at a Lithuanian power plant to score €240 million ($274 million) in contracts, the latest conviction in a corruption probe that has cost the French rail giant £18 million ($22.8 million) in penalties.

  • December 18, 2018

    DOJ Aims Torpedo At 11 FCA Kickback Suits

    In a striking development, the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to terminate 11 False Claims Act cases involving a new theory that patient assistance services supplied by drugmakers are unlawful kickbacks.

  • December 18, 2018

    Trump Signs Bill Changing Small Biz Size Determinations

    President Donald Trump has signed a bill altering the way companies are assessed to be small businesses eligible for federal contract set-asides, the White House announced Tuesday.

  • December 18, 2018

    GSA Must Widen Search For Docs In FBI Headquarters Suit

    A D.C. federal judge has denied the U.S. General Services Administration’s bid to escape a watchdog group’s suit seeking documents regarding an abandoned plan to relocate the FBI's headquarters, instead telling the agency to expand its search for documents.

  • December 18, 2018

    Down Goes The Wall: Trump Drops Border Wall Ask In Talks

    President Donald Trump appeared to drop a demand of $5 billion in funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday, the main sticking point with congressional Democrats that has put the country closer to a partial federal government shutdown at the end of the week.

  • December 18, 2018

    Harvard Prof Wants Boston Pentagon Paper Records Released

    A Harvard University professor on Monday asked a federal judge to authorize the release of records from two Boston grand jury investigations into the leaks of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, saying they would fill an important historical gap and contribute to conversations about national security and freedom of the press.

  • December 18, 2018

    The Moments That Mattered Most For Legal Ethics In 2018

    Anyone who thinks that legal ethics is a sleepy area of the law didn't live through 2018. The year saw major decisions about conflict waivers and defunct firm clawbacks, among other meaty topics, and enough head-shaking news springing from the special counsel probe into the presidential election to make one dizzy. Here, Law360 highlights some of the biggest ethics and professional conduct stories of 2018.

  • December 18, 2018

    The Year #MeToo Rocked In-House Law Departments

    General counsel from various industries were forced into the spotlight and held publicly accountable this year — either because they allegedly behaved inappropriately or were accused of handling internal situations poorly — as the #MeToo movement swept through corporate America and its in-house law departments.

  • December 17, 2018

    Gov't Can't Keep FCA Suit Over Army Translation Deal Sealed

    A Maryland federal judge has unsealed the case record in a whistleblower False Claims Act case accusing a DynCorp-AECOM joint venture of lying about the true employer of workers under multibillion-dollar U.S. Army translation services contracts, over the objections of the federal government.

  • December 17, 2018

    T-Mobile Slams 'Baseless' Claims It Fudged 4G Map Data

    T-Mobile has snapped back against allegations that the mobile carrier overstated its 4G coverage area on a map submitted for a $4.5 billion FCC subsidy project intended to bring high-speed access to rural areas, calling them “vague and irresponsible.”

  • December 17, 2018

    Trump Asks 4th Circ. To Shut Down DC, Md. Emoluments Suit

    President Donald Trump asked the Fourth Circuit on Monday to halt a lawsuit accusing him of violating the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause when foreign and domestic government officials stay at the Trump International Hotel, seeking to block "intrusive" subpoenas for documents from the Trump Organization and government agencies.

  • December 17, 2018

    NY Town, Telecom Lose Quick-Win Bids In Antenna Row

    A New York federal judge on Monday rejected efforts by both a Long Island town and a Crown Castle subsidiary for quick wins in a suit accusing the town of illegally slow-walking approval for a wireless antenna system.

  • December 17, 2018

    Steel Co. Should Have Addressed Foreign Ties, GAO Says

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office backed the U.S. Air Force’s decision to terminate Finkl Steel’s up-to $419.6 million warhead contract, saying in a decision made public Monday the steelmaker should have addressed concerns related to its foreign ownership.

  • December 17, 2018

    Senators Dug In As Clock Ticks Toward Partial Shutdown

    As the U.S. Senate returned to work Monday, few lawmakers moved from their positions on President Donald Trump’s insistence on $5 billion for a wall on the United States-Mexico border — an impasse that could send parts of the federal government into a shutdown this weekend.

Expert Analysis

  • When International Arbitration Becomes Domestic

    Claudia Salomon

    Many global companies prefer to enter into contracts with foreign counterparties through a locally incorporated affiliate. This approach might help streamline business relationships and confer certain tax advantages, but the validity of the arbitration clauses in such contracts rarely has been tested, say Claudia Salomon and Irina Sivachenko of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • What To Expect From New Democratic Investigation Efforts

    Reginald Brown

    The new Democratic House majority is expected to direct much of its attention to executive branch oversight and accountability. Companies and their legal counsel should be prepared for a dramatically changed collateral environment as investigations cover a wide range of topics, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • A Critical Approach To Repeat Extensions Of FCA Seal Period

    J. Taylor Chenery

    In U.S. v. Pentec Health, a Pennsylvania federal court recently denied the government’s 11th request to extend the period during which a False Claims Act action remained under seal. In so doing, it adopted a narrow view of what constitutes “good cause” to extend the seal period, say J. Taylor Chenery and Brian Irving of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • Diligence Remains Key For Medicare Advantage Plans

    Michael Kolber

    In UnitedHealthcare v. Azar, a D.C. federal court recently determined that it was too easy for Medicare Advantage health plans to be accused of fraud based on erroneous data. Though the court struck down a regulation instructing plans to use "reasonable diligence," plans should not scale back compliance programs, says Michael Kolber of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.