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Government Contracts

  • August 24, 2018

    Lockheed Escapes Retaliation Suit Due To Repeat Claims

    Two former Lockheed Martin Corp. employees who accused the company of retaliating against them for reporting alleged fraudulent billing under a NASA contract in violation of the False Claims Act had filed essentially the same claims in previous litigation, therefore barring their FCA claims, a Louisiana federal judge ruled.

  • August 24, 2018

    Whistleblower Tip Leads To Spa's Guilty Plea For Tax Fraud

    A spa complex in Queens and its corporate officer were convicted of tax fraud after a whistleblower tipped off the New York state attorney general to state False Claims Act violations and $1.5 million in unpaid taxes, state officials have announced.

  • August 24, 2018

    New DOL Directive Will Make Pay Audits More Predictable

    The U.S. Department of Labor office that monitors federal contractors for violations of equal pay laws on Friday told its investigators to analyze compensation data largely on employers' terms, ditching an Obama-era directive that gave them more freedom to tailor audits.

  • August 24, 2018

    Workers' Doc Dump Can't Fix Visa Fraud Suit, Tesla Says

    Tesla Inc. and its contractor Eisenmann Corp. told a California federal judge Thursday that a pair of workers cannot dump 1,000 pages of extra material on the court to bloat their claims the companies participated in a visa fraud scheme to illegally import low-cost foreign labor for Tesla’s manufacturing plant and other automakers’ job sites. 

  • August 24, 2018

    Construction Co.'s Rent-A-Vet Scheme Gets Owner 1.5 years

    One of the operators of a now-defunct construction company has been sentenced to 18 months in prison without parole and ordered to forfeit $2.1 million as a result of falsely registering the company in order to obtain government contracts set aside for businesses owned by veterans, according to a filing in Missouri federal court Friday.

  • August 24, 2018

    Unknowns Mute Buzz For NJ's Public-Private Partnership Law

    New Jersey’s new law aiming to encourage more public-private partnerships, or P3s, is a shiny addition to the state’s project financing toolbox, but some unknown aspects of how the process will play out has tempered some experts’ excitement over the government’s new toy.

  • August 24, 2018

    Rehab Co. Pays $6.1M To Settle Nursing Home Kickback Case

    Reliant Rehabilitation Holdings Inc. has agreed in Texas federal court to pay the government $6.1 million to settle allegations that it paid kickbacks to nursing homes in exchange for contracts to provide therapy for their residents in violation of the False Claims Act.

  • August 24, 2018

    Escobar's FCA Test Is Mandatory, 9th Circ. Rules

    The U.S. Supreme Court's seminal Escobar decision created a mandatory test for False Claims Act liability in cases involving undisclosed regulatory noncompliance, the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday.

  • August 24, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Government Contracts Shareholder

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has added a former Winston & Strawn LLP partner to its government contracts projects practice group, bringing extensive experience in handling disputes that arise in both the government contracts sphere and the construction and insurance industries.

  • August 23, 2018

    DOD Drops R&D Discussion Rule

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday formally pulled back its rule requiring major defense contractors to conduct a formal discussion with a DOD technical staffer before launching certain research and development projects, while also putting forward several other proposed acquisition tweaks.

  • August 23, 2018

    Green Groups Ask High Court to Review Border Wall Decision

    Conservation groups on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down parts of an immigration law that they say has allowed President Donald Trump's administration to improperly evade environmental reviews of its controversial plans to build more walls along the nation's border with Mexico.

  • August 23, 2018

    DOJ Urges Toss Of FCA Suit Targeting Opioid Sellers

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday pressed a Massachusetts federal judge to end a False Claims Act suit targeting prescription opioid sellers, a move that comes amid heightened government scrutiny of FCA cases filed by whistleblowers.

  • August 23, 2018

    Consultant Shakes Republican Fundraiser's Hacking Claims

    A California federal judge dismissed a consulting firm and its CEO from litigation over an alleged scheme by the Qatari government to hack the email account of a prominent Republican fundraiser as part of a smear campaign, holding that the claims detailing their supposed involvement aren’t enough to establish jurisdiction.

  • August 23, 2018

    6th Circ. Won't Rehear FCA Suit Over Doctors' Certifications

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday rejected a senior living company’s bid to rehear a revived whistleblower False Claims Act suit accusing it of retroactively issuing doctors’ certifications underlying Medicare claims, rejecting arguments by the business that the ruling flouted U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • August 23, 2018

    Reality Winner Hit With Record Sentence Over Hacking Leak

    Reality Leigh Winner, a former government contractor who pled guilty to leaking a classified report on Russian election interference, was sentenced Thursday to five years and three months in prison, which prosecutors are calling the longest sentence ever handed down for unauthorized disclosure of national defense information to the media.

  • August 23, 2018

    Disney Rejects $260M Tax Break Before Minimum Wage Vote

    Citing an unprecedented and counterproductive level of animus, the head of Disneyland Resort in California has asked the city of Anaheim to terminate over $260 million in tax incentives for a new 700-room hotel, weeks before a referendum that would raise the minimum wage for tax subsidy recipients.

  • August 23, 2018

    Australia Bans Chinese Cos. From 5G Network For Security

    Australia on Thursday banned Chinese telecommunications equipment makers Huawei and ZTE from supplying equipment for its pending next-generation 5G mobile networks, citing security concerns, following the lead of U.S. lawmakers who had earlier banned the two companies from federal contracting.

  • August 22, 2018

    Gov't Wins $1.6M As Cycling Doping Row Crosses Finish Line

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday awarded the U.S. government a $1.6 million default judgment against Lance Armstrong's former cycling teammate Johan Bruyneel and his team, Tailwind, marking the end of a False Claims Act suit alleging the team unlawfully accepted more than $32 million in government sponsorship money.

  • August 22, 2018

    Doc Gets Year In Prison For Role In $30M Medicare Fraud

    A medical doctor got hit Tuesday in New York federal court with a sentence of a year and a day in prison for his part in a $30 million scheme to defraud Medicare and the state Medicaid program, admitting he falsely claimed that he treated hundreds of patients he had in fact never seen.

  • August 22, 2018

    Senate Moves Toward Final Vote On $675B Defense Bill

    The U.S. Senate continued to debate its $675 billion defense spending bill for fiscal year 2019 on Wednesday, with several contentious proposed amendments touching on issues such as the need for a U.S. Space Force still pending as the legislation moves quickly toward a final vote.

Expert Analysis

  • Classifying $10B Of Auctioned Airwaves For Tax Purposes

    R. Gregory Roberts

    Television broadcasters who participated in the 2017 Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction should carefully consider how the auction proceeds should be treated for state tax apportionment purposes, say attorneys at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • How Trump Will Finance Federal Real Property Projects

    Peter Terenzio

    President Donald Trump plans to facilitate much-needed federal real property projects in part through a $10 billion “mandatory revolving fund.” Although it would provide a viable mechanism for agencies to fund certain infrastructure projects, there are aspects of the revolving fund that are unknown and should be considered, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Trade Lessons From The ZTE Saga

    Erin Baldwin

    Less than two months after the U.S. government announced it was denying export privileges to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., it said that the denial order would be lifted pursuant to a new settlement with ZTE. The lessons from the ZTE saga are far from clear, but one takeaway is that enforcement actions may not always be final, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.