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Government Contracts

  • December 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Long-Running Raytheon FCA Suit

    The Ninth Circuit has refused to revive a long-running whistleblower suit that accuses Raytheon of bilking the federal government on a satellite sensor contract, saying the relator had failed to provide sufficient information about the company’s alleged False Claims Act violations despite six attempts to do so.

  • December 13, 2018

    Tenaris, Execs Sued By Investors Over Bribery Scandal

    An investor hit steel pipe manufacturer Tenaris SA and its billionaire CEO with a proposed class action Wednesday in New York federal court following the Argentinian CEO’s indictment on bribery charges, saying the company falsely told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it upheld certain ethical commitments.

  • December 12, 2018

    Mortgage Co. Settles Loan Insurance FCA Case For $14.5M

    Finance of America Mortgage will pay $14.5 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that a predecessor company originated and underwrote deficient loans backed by federal insurance in violation of the False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • December 12, 2018

    GAO: Contractor Can't Protest Army's Additional Awardee

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Tuesday dismissed a bid protest by a Kuwaiti contractor over the award of a blanket purchase agreement for non-tactical vehicle leasing and maintenance services in Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, finding that the company was not an “interested party” in the decision.

  • December 12, 2018

    Nigerian Oil Co. Says $2.67B Award Can't Be Enforced

    Nigeria's state-owned oil company urged a New York federal court on Tuesday to toss a bid filed by units of ExxonMobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC to confirm a $2.67 billion arbitral award they won following a dispute over a deepwater drilling deal, arguing that the award was set aside in Nigeria and is unenforceable.

  • December 12, 2018

    Industry Groups Hail Move For Reassigned Numbers Database

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to establish a comprehensive database of reassigned phone numbers, which it says will help companies keep track of when consumers abandon a phone number and cut down on the amount of misdirected calls.

  • December 12, 2018

    'Bundle' Buys Don't Avert FCA Liability, Feds Say In Bayer Suit

    The federal government has weighed in on a whistleblower suit accusing Bayer Corp. of paying kickbacks to get doctors to use a surgery drug called Trasylol, saying the company can still be held liable under the False Claims Act even though the government pays for the drugs as part of a bundle rather than individually.

  • December 12, 2018

    Federal IT Acquisition Still Needs Improvement, GAO Says

    Although federal agencies have improved their information technology acquisition and cybersecurity practices over time, they still have a distance to go to fully meet their statutory requirements and implement related recommendations, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Denies DynCorp Challenge To $10B State Dept. Deal

    The U.S. Department of State acted reasonably when it kept DynCorp rival AAR Airlift Group Inc. in the running for a $10 billion counternarcotics contract ultimately won by AAR despite receiving DynCorp’s proprietary information, the Federal Circuit has ruled.

  • December 11, 2018

    Port Authority Accused Of Collusion In Bid To Fix JFK Taxiway

    The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey colluded with Walsh Construction Company LLC in awarding it a contract for taxiway repair at John F. Kennedy International Airport even though the firm missed the bidding deadline, a rival contractor alleged in New York state court Monday.

  • December 11, 2018

    Health System Agrees To Pay $12M To End Fraud Accusations

    Aurora Health Care Inc. has agreed to a $12 million deal to settle a suit stemming from the compensation structure for two doctors the health care system had arrangements with, the federal government announced Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    DOJ Joins Medicare Advantage FCA Suit Against Sutter Health

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced it has joined a False Claims Act suit accusing California-based Sutter Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, of defrauding Medicare Advantage by exaggerating patient illnesses.

  • December 11, 2018

    Trump, Dems' Talks Hit A Wall As Gov't Shutdown Looms

    The federal government took a step closer to a partial shutdown Tuesday as talks between the White House and congressional Democrats publicly broke down over President Donald Trump's demands to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • December 11, 2018

    Oracle Sues DOD Over $10B JEDI Cloud Deal

    Oracle Corp. has sued the U.S. Department of Defense over its $10 billion JEDI cloud procurement, arguing in its complaint that the DOD failed to follow legal requirements to competitively solicit the contract.

  • December 11, 2018

    Nooksack Members Say Tribal Officials Can't Avoid RICO Suit

    A group of Nooksack Indian Tribe members urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a Washington district court’s dismissal of their suit alleging tribal officials conspired to disenroll them, saying that the lower court has jurisdiction over their claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • December 11, 2018

    Pa. Health Network To Pay $12.5M For Alleged Overbilling

    Federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania announced on Tuesday that they’d inked a $12.5 million settlement with a Lehigh Valley health care network and its CEO over alleged false Medicare and Medicaid claims for orthopedic surgeries.

  • December 11, 2018

    Ex-SUNY Prez Gets 3.5 Years For 'Buffalo Billion' Bid-Rigging

    Manhattan U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni hit former State University of New York Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros with three and a half years in prison Tuesday for rigging bids, but allowed the nuclear scientist credited with a revitalization of the upstate school to stay free while he appeals.

  • December 11, 2018

    Contractor Admits Role In Sending Unqualified Guards To IRS

    A manager for a company that provided armed guards to the IRS has pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government in a scheme involving the falsification of firearm shooting scores, prosecutors said Monday.

  • December 11, 2018

    Pa. Judge Won't Stay Derivative UHS Overbilling Claims

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has shot down a bid to pause a cluster of shareholder lawsuits over alleged overbilling by United Health Services Inc. while both a related securities class action and an investigation into potential False Claims Act violations draw to a conclusion.

  • December 10, 2018

    Physical Therapy Co. Wants Whistleblower, Atty Sanctioned

    An Illinois physical therapy provider has told a federal court it should sanction a whistleblower and her lawyer for padding with lies a "sexy" False Claims Act suit that accuses the company of fraudulently billing Medicare for thousands of individual therapy sessions that weren’t provided.

Expert Analysis

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • To What Extent Can CMS Informally Issue Interpretive Rules?

    Robert Wanerman

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to review the D.C. Circuit's decision in Allina Health Services v. Azar, which has the potential to resolve the issue of whether or not the Medicare Act requires notice-and-comment rule-making in more situations than are required by the Administrative Procedure Act, says Robert Wanerman of Epstein Becker Green.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Industry Takeaways From The Defense Industrial Base Report

    Zach Mears

    While the long-awaited interagency assessment of the U.S. manufacturing and defense industrial base does not incorporate detailed policy solutions, it does identify current actions and potential future efforts and recommendations. Attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP draw some initial conclusions.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • 10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference

    Jeff Vogel

    The 2009 National Defense Authorization Act granted the U.S. Maritime Administration increased authority to enforce the requirement that at least half of government-impelled cargoes be carried on U.S.-flag vessels. But in the intervening decade, regulatory efforts toward this goal have failed. If Congress wishes to preserve the U.S.-flag fleet, it must take further action, says Jeff Vogel of Cozen O’Connor.

  • Inside The Petrobras FCPA Resolution

    Gayle Littleton

    The Operation Car Wash investigation that began in 2008 brought down numerous Brazilian politicians and Petrobras officials and led to one of the largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements last month. The resolution highlights the myriad ways in which Petrobras failed to implement a robust anti-corruption compliance program, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.