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Government Contracts

  • June 4, 2018

    Fla. DOT’s No-Bid Patent Deal Gets Nod From Appeals Court

    A Florida Department of Transportation contract to use a company's patent for cashless toll systems did not trigger a competitive bidding requirement, a state appeals court said Monday, denying a rival traffic technology company's challenge to the deal.

  • June 4, 2018

    Pa. Man Gets 5 Years For $35M GI Bill Fraud

    A Pennsylvania business owner was sentenced Monday in New Jersey federal court to five years in prison for his part in a scheme that bilked the government out of $35 million via the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which was designed to benefit veterans who served following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

  • June 4, 2018

    MasTec Inks $500M Contract To Help PR Restore Power

    The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has awarded MasTec Inc. a $500 million contract that would see the company aid in power reconstruction and restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s destructive effects on the island, the Florida-based company announced on Monday.

  • June 4, 2018

    DOD Watchdog Says Construction Deal Woes Offer Lessons

    Cost and schedule overruns on what was meant to be a $564 million project to replace U.S. Strategic Command’s headquarters have demonstrated a number of underlying issues that should inform the planning of future military construction projects, according to a watchdog report.

  • June 4, 2018

    Ex-PennDOT Exec Charged With Rigging Bids For Contractor

    A former executive with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was charged Monday with accepting bribes from a contractor in exchange for continued contracting opportunities with the agency.

  • June 4, 2018

    $550M Social Security Fraud Lawyer Cops To Skipping Bail

    A Kentucky lawyer who helped bilk the Social Security Administration out of more than $550 million pled guilty on Monday to skipping bail, fraud and retaliating against a witness after a previous guilty plea on other fraud charges, putting him on the hook for another 15 years in prison.

  • June 4, 2018

    Atty Must Serve $318M Nigerian Gov’t Fee Request Himself

    An attorney is on his own in recouping $318 million in fees he said he's owed in securing a 2013 judgment against the federal government of Nigeria, as a Massachusetts federal judge said Monday that the court does not yet need to step in on his behalf.

  • June 4, 2018

    New VA Care Program Should Address Choice Issues: GAO

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs needs to improve access to care as it pursues an extensive overhaul of its community care programs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report on Monday, pointing to problems it found within the VA's current Veterans Choice Program.

  • June 1, 2018

    Texas High Court Says City Can Be Sued Over Lakeside Lease

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday upended a lower court determination over government immunity in a case related to a Jacksonville lakefront property that is returning to the high court, finding the residential leaseholder could sue the city to determine whether the lease was improperly terminated.

  • June 1, 2018

    Drinker Biddle Adds Ex-Dentons Trade Secrets Leader

    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP said Friday it has brought on the former leader of Dentons' U.S. trade secrets practice, adding a partner with experience handling internal investigations, government contract matters and intellectual property litigation for clients in industries ranging from life sciences to consumer electronics to agriculture.

  • June 1, 2018

    Aerospace Group Lays Out Arms Export Overhaul Proposals

    The Aerospace Industries Association in a letter made public Friday urged U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to overhaul the process for defense exports, laying out a proposed plan for improvement while arguing the current process hurts U.S. competitiveness.

  • June 1, 2018

    DOD Indefinitely Delays Solicitation For JEDI Cloud Contract

    The U.S. Department of Defense said it has indefinitely delayed the final solicitation for its contentious, multibillion-dollar JEDI cloud computing contract, saying it wants to avoid rushing into the contract and causing the deal to fail.

  • June 1, 2018

    BIA Met Secretly With Energy Cos. To Break Lease: Developer

    Oil and gas developer Prima Exploration Inc. has hit the Bureau of Indian Affairs and two rival developers with a suit in North Dakota federal court, alleging the agency worked secretly with the companies to end Prima’s lease on land within the Fort Berthold Reservation and let the other companies develop the land instead.

  • June 1, 2018

    GAO Backs Oracle Protest Over DOD Cloud Transition Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has backed Oracle’s protest over the U.S. Department of Defense's contentious $65 million cloud transition contract awarded to REAN Cloud, the GAO announced, saying the DOD improperly used an Other Transaction Authority prototyping deal.

  • June 1, 2018

    Whistleblower Allegedly Filed Doc Mocking Hastert Atty

    Counsel for former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert told an Illinois federal judge on Thursday a would-be whistleblower who accused Hastert of misusing federal funds filed documents with the court in which he secretly altered Hastert’s attorney Christian Poland’s name to “Christina.”

  • May 31, 2018

    Missile Defense Made Mixed Progress In 2017, GAO Says

    The Missile Defense Agency has continued to make progress in developing and delivering parts of its sweeping, expensive missile defense system, but is also failing to meet some delivery milestones and has deficiencies in areas such as testing and contracting, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report.

  • May 31, 2018

    Doc's CMS Miscoding Suit Can't Be Heard, Judge Laments

    A doctor stiffed on nearly $40,000 in incentive payments after his practice was miscoded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services can rightly be miffed about the mistake, but the Court of Federal Claims lacks the authority to address the issue, a judge said Wednesday, even as he lamented the ruling as unjust.

  • May 31, 2018

    UnitedHealth Can't Get Insurance Bid Info, Pa. Court Says

    A Pennsylvania appeals court agreed Thursday that the state’s open records law did not entitle UnitedHealthcare to documents detailing the scoring of bid proposals submitted by competitors, which the insurer requested to aid in a protest after the Department of Human Services rejected its bid.

  • May 31, 2018

    Feds To Depose 12 New Docs In FCA Case Over Hep B Tests

    The federal government will be allowed to depose a dozen doctors, well short of the 95 it had initially requested, in a False Claims Act suit against Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. over allegedly fraudulently billed hepatitis B tests, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled on Thursday.

  • May 31, 2018

    Pa. Pharmacy Owners Ink $3.2M False Billing Settlement

    A pair of Philadelphia pharmacy owners have agreed to a $3.2 million deal with the federal government over an investigation in which it claimed Medicare had been billed for prescription medicine that wasn't actually doled out, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced Thursday.   

Expert Analysis

  • Key Statistical Issues In Eye Doc Fraud Sentencing

    Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong

    The reasonableness of an extrapolated loss calculation was a significant sentencing issue in U.S. v. Melgen last month in the Southern District of Florida. The court found flaws in both the government's and defendant’s analyses, and then calculated its own loss figures, say Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong of McDonald Hopkins LLC and Chris Haney of Forensus Group LLC.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • FCA Materiality May Return To High Court

    J. Alex Ward

    Recent cases demonstrate that, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Escobar, False Claims Act materiality questions remain and continue to be litigated. Gilead filed a petition for certiorari a few months ago, and it is a key case to watch, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Implies Narrowing Of Claims Court Jurisdiction

    Stuart Turner

    Following the Federal Circuit's decision in Cleveland Assets, any protest filed at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging violation of a statute or regulation that does not obviously qualify as a “procurement statute” may face a jurisdictional challenge, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • How Settling With The Gov't Is Costlier Under New Tax Law

    Marvin Kirsner

    A provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act greatly expands the scope of the disallowance of deductions for fines and penalties paid to government agencies. This will make it costlier for a company to settle claims of violation of laws and regulations brought by federal, state or local agencies, or even foreign governments, says Marvin Kirsner of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: March

    Layth Elhassani

    Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.