Government Contracts

  • February 26, 2018

    Akerman Adds County Gov't Pro In Miami, Fort Lauderdale

    Former Broward County Attorney Joni Armstrong Coffey has joined Akerman LLP as a partner in the firm's Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices, where she will work on land use regulation and litigation as well as government contract work, the firm announced Monday.

  • February 26, 2018

    DOJ Ditches Much Of UnitedHealth FCA Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday abandoned much of a False Claims Act suit targeting UnitedHealth Group Inc. over Medicare Advantage billing practices, marking its second loss in a new area of FCA litigation.

  • February 26, 2018

    Miss. AG Settles Fourth Prison Bribery Case

    Mississippi’s attorney general last week announced a fourth settlement springing from nearly a dozen civil racketeering lawsuits filed in state court to claw back money spent on prison contracts allegedly obtained through a bribery scheme that has resulted in several federal convictions.

  • February 26, 2018

    Aviation Co.'s Doc Request Called 'Fishing' In $4.7M Row

    Black Hall LLC and its connected companies responded to a federal court motion by aviation contractor AAL USA Inc. to compel production of tax returns in a $4.7 million claim, calling it nothing more than a “fishing expedition” and “yet another hyperbolic attempt to obtain one-sided discovery.”

  • February 26, 2018

    Civilian Hospitals To Train Military Docs Under House Bill

    The U.S. Defense Department could soon expand training of its military doctors in civilian trauma centers under a bill passed by the House of Representatives Monday, intent on keeping military doctors’ training up to par.

  • February 26, 2018

    House Passes Health Care Research, Outreach Bills

    The House of Representatives passed a series of bills increasing funding for research on congenital heart disease and sickle cell disease Monday, as well as increasing grants for dental care in rural and other underserved areas.

  • February 26, 2018

    Lawsuit Over Trump's 2-For-1 Regulation Order Tossed

    A D.C. federal judge tossed out a complaint Monday from public interest groups fighting President Donald Trump’s executive order to repeal two federal regulations for each new one issued, ruling the groups had failed to show how the order would harm them.

  • February 26, 2018

    Extortion Count Against Ex-Cuomo Aide Cut From Graft Trial

    A former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo couldn't have used his official role to extort money from a developer because the aide was in the private sector when the alleged misconduct took place, a Manhattan federal judge ruled Monday, trimming a charge from an 11-count corruption indictment.

  • February 26, 2018

    Libya Says Odebrecht Lost $97M Construction Arbitration

    Libya said it has prevailed in a $97 million arbitration initiated by Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht SA after certain infrastructure projects it was working on were suspended by the North African nation in 2011, the same year dictator Moammar Gadhafi was ousted in an uprising.

  • February 26, 2018

    Feds Denied Exit Bid In Contractor Suit Over Design Specs

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has denied the government’s request for a win on Unit Co.’s claim that it received defective specifications for air-handling and cooling units included in a $20 million training-center construction contract, saying questions remain regarding whether the company provided appropriate notice of the issues.

  • February 26, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Team Exits Suit By Vet-Led Former Client

    A Florida federal judge on Friday allowed a Greenberg Traurig LLP team representing a National Sourcing Inc. subcontractor and other defendants to voluntarily withdraw from a suit in which NSI accuses former shareholders of diverting profits through another entity and accuses the firm of facilitating the scheme.

  • February 26, 2018

    Ill. Union Sues To Avoid Repping Non-Members Post-Janus

    The Local 150 chapter of the International Union of Operating Engineers is attempting to poke holes in a ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet made, filing suit last week asking to be exempted from a state statute that mandates unions collectively bargain for and otherwise represent public employees who do not contribute to the union.

  • February 26, 2018

    Feds Fight Back Against Sikorsky's FCA Suit Dismissal Bid

    The federal government hit back Friday at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s bid to cut “overbroad” allegations from a False Claims Act suit accusing the company of overcharging the U.S. Navy for replacement aircraft parts, telling a Wisconsin federal court the complexity of the case was driven by the alleged wrongdoing of Sikorsky itself.

  • February 23, 2018

    Health Hires: Goodwin, Alston & Bird, Lucas & Mercanti

    So far in February, Alston & Bird LLP lost an FDA-focused attorney to Goodwin Procter LLP and gained a government contracts attorney from Dentons, and intellectual property boutique Lucas & Mercanti LLP announced the arrival of three attorneys specializing in pharma.

  • February 23, 2018

    Firm Plagiarized Puerto Rico Contract Bid, Dems Claim

    An Atlanta-based, one-person company that failed to deliver over 29 million emergency meals to Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria appears to have extensively plagiarized its winning bid to secure a $156 million food supply government contract, Democratic lawmakers said Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    Sallyport Sues 'Disgruntled' Former Workers For Defamation

    Defense contractor Sallyport Global Holdings sued two former employees for defamation in Virginia state court Friday, alleging they had deliberately lied about the company's alleged involvement in a sex trafficking ring, fraud and efforts to conceal information about security breaches as part of its support work at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq.

  • February 23, 2018

    GAO Backs Protest Over $4.8B Nuclear Waste Deal

    The U.S. Department of Energy wrongly granted a joint venture a nearly $4.8 billion contract to process nuclear waste at the agency's Savannah River Site via an untested method, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    NY Transit Manager Gets Nearly 4 Years For Taking Bribes

    A New York federal judge Friday sentenced a former Metropolitan Transit Authority construction project administrator to 46 months in prison for soliciting and receiving bribes from contractors working on New York City Transit Authority projects.

  • February 23, 2018

    Pa. Treasurer Targets 3 Banks In Lending Disparity Probe

    The Pennsylvania Treasury has announced an official inquiry into Wells Fargo, Santander Bank and PNC Financial Services over alleged racial and ethnic disparities in home mortgage lending that have been identified in a recent report from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • February 23, 2018

    US Steps Into Tricare FCA Suit Against Pharmacy, PE Owner

    The government has intervened in a False Claims Act suit accusing a Florida compounding pharmacy and its private equity fund owner of running a kickback scheme that induced Tricare to pay more than $68 million for medically unnecessary prescriptions, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Rebuilding Texas: An Overview Of Public Procurement Issues


    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

    2017 Trends

    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.