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Government Contracts

  • November 19, 2018

    GAO Rejects McCann-Erickson Protest Of $4B Army Ad Deal

    The U.S. Army reasonably rejected McCann-Erickson USA’s proposal for a $4 billion advertising and marketing deal after the company left key price information out of its offer, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled in a decision made public Monday.

  • November 19, 2018

    Orbital, Space Vector Win $424M Launch Support Contract

    Orbital ATK Inc. and Space Vector Corp. have scored a $424 million contract to provide launch support services for the U.S. Department of Defense’s sounding rocket program, which is mainly used to conduct scientific research on the upper atmosphere, the DOD announced Friday.

  • November 19, 2018

    Skelos, Son Say They Will Report To Prison Amid Appeals

    Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam made clear Monday that they plan to report to prison in January even while they appeal their convictions for bribery, extortion and conspiracy to the Second Circuit.

  • November 19, 2018

    Trade Group Urges DOD To Enact Lowest-Price Deal Limits

    The U.S. Department of Defense needs to put in place long overdue regulations that will limit its use of the lowest-price, technically acceptable model for service contracts, a trade group for hundreds of federal contractors said.

  • November 19, 2018

    DOI Says Move To Lift Coal Leasing Ban Didn't Violate NEPA

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has reiterated its argument to a Montana federal court that its move to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing did not violate any environmental laws, saying the action did not cause the environmental and Native American groups that sued any direct harm.

  • November 19, 2018

    'Lack Of Clarity' In Rules For Selling Gov’t Property: GAO

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report Friday that urged the General Services Administration to clarify the rules for selling and exchanging government property, noting that a lack of clarity led to “missed opportunities” at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • November 19, 2018

    Funding Ban Doesn't Apply To FCC Subsidies, Huawei Says

    Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. told the Federal Communications Commission in a Friday comment that a section of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act does not apply to companies receiving FCC subsidies, and therefore it should still be able to get money from the program.

  • November 19, 2018

    Tutor Perini JV Snags $800M Minn. Light Rail Contract

    Tutor Perini Corp. on Monday said a joint venture between a subsidiary and construction firm C.S. McCrossan secured a $799.5 million contract to expand and improve portions of Minneapolis' light rail system, a project Tutor Perini called "the largest public infrastructure project in Minnesota's history."

  • November 16, 2018

    10th Circ. Sides With Wheat Farmers Over USDA Insurance

    The Tenth Circuit sided with a group of Colorado wheat farmers Friday in their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. over calculations that the farmers said limited their ability to insure against losses.

  • November 16, 2018

    Supreme Court Will Address FCA Statute Of Limitations

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take a whistleblower False Claims Act case over a U.S. Department of Defense munitions disposal contract to address the issue of whether the "government knowledge" statute of limitations in FCA cases applies only when the government intervenes.

  • November 16, 2018

    Dem Rep. Calls Out DOD After Failed Financial Audit

    U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., on Friday criticized the U.S. Department of Defense after the agency failed its first department-wide financial audit, saying the report highlighted the agency’s history of wasteful spending.

  • November 16, 2018

    Health Hires: Quinn Emanuel, Goodwin, Ropes & Gray

    The newest round of hires in the health and life sciences industries have found homes at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Goodwin Procter LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP, Nelson Hardiman LLP, Nichols Liu LLP, K&L Gates LLP, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, Sumner Schick LLP and a handful of companies in need of GCs. 

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. Judge To Be Reprimanded Over Recommendation Letter

    The Florida Supreme Court has approved a public reprimand for a Miami judge who wrote a character reference letter on behalf of a man awaiting federal court sentencing for his role in a $63 million Medicare kickback scheme.

  • November 16, 2018

    Feds' Late Evidence Causes Mistrial In $16M Fraud Suit

    The fraud trial of a former U.S. Department of Defense official and a government contractor accused of partaking in a $15.7 million kickback scheme will have to start over, a Virginia federal judge has ruled, finding the men might've switched up their trial tactics if they had had time to review thousands of documents prosecutors revealed midtrial.

  • November 15, 2018

    US Must Use 'Full Toolkit' To Fight Cybercrime: Ex-DOJ Chief

    John P. Carlin, who ran the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division before going into private practice, tells Law360 how a deterrence campaign can help America win its "code war" against Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. He also shares advice for firms deciding whether to tell authorities about cyberattacks.

  • November 15, 2018

    Notice Requirement Would Undermine Medicare, HHS Says

    Requiring a notice-and-comment period anytime the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instructs its billing contractors on Medicare reimbursement policies would undermine the government’s ability to administer the program, HHS has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • November 15, 2018

    Subcontractor Stiffed $4M For Army Airfield Work, Suit Says

    A Florida-based contractor failed to pay one of its subcontractors for at least $4 million worth of work, materials and equipment provided as part of an infrastructure project at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii, the subcontractor alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2018

    DOD Fails First-Ever Financial Audit, Official Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense has “failed” its first departmentwide financial audit, the DOD’s second-highest official revealed Thursday at the Pentagon.

  • November 15, 2018

    DOJ Sharpens Gov't Fraud Focus, Adds Merger Review Clarity

    The U.S. Department of Justice will sharpen its focus on bringing competition cases in which the government itself has been defrauded by bid-rigging and similar conduct, DOJ Antitrust Division head Makan Delrahim said in a speech Thursday, adding that the agency would seek triple damages when defendants refuse to settle.

  • November 15, 2018

    Republican Groups Attack SEC Pay-For-Play Rule In DC Circ.

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission overstepped its authority by trying to stop regulated agents who make political donations from later soliciting the recipient's agency for investment advisory business, two Republican state parties told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 6th Circ. Encourages Insureds To Be Open With Insurers

    Matthew Beato

    The Sixth Circuit's recent decision in First Horizon v. Houston reinforces the importance of providing timely and complete notice to insurance carriers, and will discourage insureds from disguising crucial facts about claims, says Matthew Beato of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • A Closer Look At OFCCP's New Compensation Directive

    Joanna Colosimo

    Although the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' recently released compensation directive appears to be more transparent than its 2013 directive, there are components that do not align with some basic pay equity analytical principles, say Joanna Colosimo and David Cohen of DCI Consulting Inc.

  • Dismissing FCA Cases: The Granston Memo In Action

    Jeffrey Belkin

    In January, the Granston memo advised U.S. Department of Justice attorneys that, in tandem with their decisions to decline intervention in False Claims Act qui tam suits, they should consider proactively seeking dismissal. Since then, only a small number of cases have explored this form of dismissal, and the results have been mixed, say Jeffrey Belkin and Michael Mortorano of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • How Contractors Can Ring In The New Gov't Fiscal Year

    Aron Beezley

    Understanding the federal government’s fiscal year — in particular, how it affects spending and planning tendencies — can give federal contractors an advantage as Oct. 1 approaches, say Aron Beezley and Sarah Osborne of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling Highlights Bid Protester Standing Issues

    Stuart Turner

    There is friction between the need for courts to consider the standing of government contract bid protesters and the exclusive authority of the procuring agency to perform evaluations. The Federal Circuit's decision last week in CliniComp provides an illustration, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • The Insurance And Tax Consequences Of Settling FCA Cases

    Andy Liu

    When you settle a False Claims Act case, will you have to pay the money out of pocket, or could some or all of it be covered by insurance? Can you write off some or all of the amount from your taxes? ​​​​​​​Andy Liu and Jason Lynch of Nichols Liu LLP address these questions and survey the relevant case law.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.