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Government Contracts

  • September 13, 2018

    $3M Deal In Private-Prison Wage Suit Needs Do-Over

    A California federal judge rejected a $3 million deal between a private prison operator and employees who claim they weren’t paid for time spent at security checkpoints, saying the parties need to perform a major overhaul of the agreement to win court approval.

  • September 13, 2018

    House Passes $147B VA, Energy Bill For 2019

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday easily approved a $146.5 billion package of bills to fund military construction and the U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs and Energy for 2019, sending the bill to be signed into law, as lawmakers also reached a deal to stave off a government shutdown.

  • September 13, 2018

    Centene Seeks To Avoid Class Action Over Provider Network

    Centene Management Company LLC has urged a federal court to toss a proposed class action alleging it misrepresented the size of a provider network, saying the amended suit is trying to second-guess Washington state regulators’ work.

  • September 13, 2018

    Software Issues Delay Key Testing Phase For F-35

    The F-35 is not yet ready for a critical testing phase due to software issues, the U.S. Department of Defense’s top weapons tester said in a memo, delaying a full-rate production decision for the fighter jet.

  • September 12, 2018

    McCabe Weisberg Exits Foreclosure Services FCA Case

    The relator behind False Claims Act litigation alleging that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the federal government were overcharged for foreclosure services has voluntarily dropped claims against the law firm McCabe Weisberg & Conway PC and two affiliate vendors, according to a filing that a New York federal judge signed on Tuesday.

  • September 12, 2018

    Too Soon To Decide Boeing Spat With Air Force, Judge Says

    Significant factual disputes remain regarding the U.S. Air Force’s denial of $271.1 million in deferred cost claims by Boeing on a rocket launch contract, a Court of Federal Claims judge said in a decision made public Wednesday, declining to rule for the company.

  • September 12, 2018

    Law Schools Struggle To Find Themselves In Post-Recession Market

    Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Detroit IT Official Gets 20 Months For Taking Bribes

    A former Detroit official was hit with a 20-month prison sentence Tuesday in Michigan federal court after pleading guilty to accepting more than $29,500 in bribes from information technology companies seeking preferential treatment for city contracts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 12, 2018

    FCA Thunderbolt Lurks In UnitedHealth Overpayment Ruling

    UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s recent defeat of a Medicare Advantage overpayment rule threatens to send shock waves through the U.S. Department of Justice’s already tottering campaign to police Medicare Advantage reimbursement using the False Claims Act.

  • September 12, 2018

    $350M FCA Win Rightly Axed Under Escobar, 11th Circ. Told

    A nursing facilities company slapped with a $350 million False Claims Act verdict told the Eleventh Circuit that a Florida federal judge correctly vacated the award, saying the case lacked material evidence of billing fraud under the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Escobar ruling.

  • September 11, 2018

    How A 'Lost Generation' Of Associates Bounced Back

    Caught in a whirlwind of firm dissolutions and layoffs, thousands of associates were thrust into one of the worst job markets in history a decade ago. While some have rebounded, others are still feeling the lingering effects of the financial crisis on their careers.

  • September 11, 2018

    No Quick Win For Insurer In Coverage Suit Over Contract Row

    An Oklahoma federal judge on Tuesday refused to let Federal Insurance Co. dodge a duty to cover a boiler maker in an underlying state court suit over its performance on a contract to build a water treatment system for the city of Altus, Oklahoma, saying conflicting evidence precludes a quick win.

  • September 11, 2018

    ASBCA Won't Reconsider Raytheon Allowable Cost Ruling

    Neither Raytheon nor the Defense Contract Management Agency showed any clear error in a decision that had found that most of Raytheon’s disputed contract cost reimbursement claims were not expressly unallowable, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals ruled recently, refusing to reconsider its earlier decision.

  • September 11, 2018

    Former Construction Exec. Gets 2 Years For Defrauding Feds

    A former construction company executive has been sentenced to two years behind bars for defrauding the federal government in connection with a $1.5 million roofing and air conditioning contract at a federal courthouse in Jackson, Tennessee.

  • September 11, 2018

    Lawmakers Agree To $146B VA, Energy Funding Bill For 2019

    Federal lawmakers have agreed to a $146.5 billion package of bills to fund military construction and the U.S. Veterans Affairs and Energy departments for 2019, breaking an impasse over funding for VA community care programs.

  • September 11, 2018

    VA Hospital Isn't Liable In Shrimp Allergy Death, Judge Says

    A Missouri federal judge has ruled that a Veterans Affairs hospital is not liable in a wrongful death suit, finding that the physician’s decision not to attempt a risky emergency surgery on a patient dying of a shrimp allergy does not constitute negligence.

  • September 11, 2018

    Air Force Adds $2.9B To Boeing KC-46 Tanker Contract

    The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a nearly $2.9 billion modification of an existing contract to produce KC-46 Pegasus aircraft, with the order for 18 tankers bringing the total number of aircraft ordered under the contract to 52, the company said.

  • September 10, 2018

    Air Force, Navy Struggling With Aircraft Availability, GAO Says

    The U.S. Air Force and Navy are failing to meet their aircraft availability targets despite spending tens of billions of dollars each year on sustainment programs, with availability getting worse over time for about half of the audited aircraft models, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Monday.

  • September 10, 2018

    Navy Rightly Denied Torpedo Defense Contract, Judge Says

    A Court of Federal Claims judge sided with the U.S. Navy in a pre-award bid protest from Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems Inc., finding that the company was rightly excluded from consideration for a contract to supply the ADC MK 5, an "acoustic torpedo countermeasure."

  • September 10, 2018

    Can BigLaw Avoid Another Associate Purge?

    The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?

Expert Analysis

  • Acetris Case Clarifies Definition Of 'US-Made End Product'

    Stephen Ruscus

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims' decision in Acetris Health v. U.S. is important to all suppliers of products to the government because it interprets the interplay of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act in contracts subject to the trade agreements clause, say Stephen Ruscus and Donna Lee Yesner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • The Russian Exorcism Of US Gov't Contracts

    Franklin Turner

    Next week, the Federal Acquisition Regulation will be amended, and federal contractors will have until Oct. 1, 2018, to tie their information systems to the bedposts, get out their cybersecurity holy water, avoid long staircases, and exorcise Kaspersky products and services from their systems, say Franklin Turner and Alexander Major of McCarter & English LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • When Bid Protester Is Promised Agency Fix And Doesn't Get It

    Kenneth Weckstein

    What if a bid protest results in an agency announcing corrective action, which then doesn't materialize? Insult may be added to injury if the agency awards the protester’s competitor a sole-source bridge contract in the meantime. In such a case, the original protester does have a remedy, say Kenneth Weckstein and Shlomo Katz of Brown Rudnick LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • It May Be Time For Companies To Reconsider DOD Contracts

    Eric Aaserud

    Several recent developments may give rise to optimism among innovative, commercially oriented contractors that have been avoiding the U.S. Department of Defense, say Eric Aaserud and Julia Fox of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • The Applicability Of FOIA To Monitorship Documents

    Abena Mainoo

    The long-running litigation related to Siemens’ 2008 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act plea agreement, and a D.C. federal court’s recent decision, highlight the complexity of determining whether sensitive information that companies provide to compliance monitors is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.