Government Contracts

  • November 14, 2017

    AAI, Boeing Each Ask For Wins In $1.2B Contract Suit

    Boeing Co. and bankrupt Alabama Aircraft Industries Inc., which are on opposite sides of a dispute over a $1.2 billion U.S. Air Force contract, each urged an Alabama federal judge Monday to rule in their favor on several claims in the long-running lawsuit and to deny their opponent the same.

  • November 13, 2017

    Investor Sues Booz Allen Over DOJ Billing Investigation

    A Booz Allen Hamilton investor on Monday sued the government contracting giant’s top brass in Delaware federal court after the company announced it was being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for its accounting and cost charging practices.

  • November 13, 2017

    JPMorgan, FCA Whistleblower Get Testy Welcome At DC Circ.

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Monday greeted a would-be whistleblower with a flurry of questions on the underlying nature of his False Claims Act suit against JPMorgan Chase as he tries to revive accusations that the company failed to live up to responsible mortgage lending obligations agreed to under a post-financial crisis settlement.

  • November 13, 2017

    Troutman Sanders Attys DQ'd From HealthSouth FCA Suit

    A Nevada federal judge on Friday disqualified three Troutman Sanders LLP attorneys representing a doctor in a False Claims Act suit against rehabilitation care provider HealthSouth, ruling that the firm had a conflict of interest because two of its attorneys in another state had agreed to lobby on behalf of the provider.

  • November 13, 2017

    Senate Approves Lyft GM For Senior DOT Role

    The Senate confirmed Lyft Inc.'s general manager for the number three spot at the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday, sending President Donald Trump's pick Derek Kan to head the department's policy arm.

  • November 13, 2017

    Health Alliance Sues For $21M In ACA Risk Corridor Claims

    Insurer Health Alliance Medical Plans has sued the federal government in the Court of Federal Claims, alleging it has been unlawfully stiffed on more than $21 million in Affordable Care Act “risk corridor” payments it is owed for 2016.

  • November 13, 2017

    Claims Trimmed In Boeing FCA Retaliation Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Monday allowed a Boeing employee to move forward with some False Claims Act retaliation claims related to allegations of fraud in the KC-46 air tanker program, but dismissed most of his claims and also refused to disqualify Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP from representing the company over an alleged conflict of interest.

  • November 13, 2017

    House Passes Bill Expanding Agency Acquisition Options

    The House of Representatives passed a bill Monday that would alter how federal agencies weigh the cost of renting equipment against purchasing it when making buying decisions.

  • November 13, 2017

    3 Fast Facts About Trump's Pick For HHS Chief

    President Donald Trump's choice for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary is a whip-smart lawyer with industry-friendly impulses, measured hostility toward the Affordable Care Act, a deep background in Republican politics and a past role investigating President Bill Clinton. Here are three fast facts about Alex Azar's background and reaction to his nomination.

  • November 13, 2017

    High Court Won't Hear Health Care Workers' Bargaining Suit

    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal brought by day care owners and home health care workers in Illinois who challenged a state law that allows public sector unions to negotiate on their behalf even though they’re not full-fledged public employees.

  • November 13, 2017

    Pa. Atty Says Joint Trial With Allentown Pol Invites Prejudice

    The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA attorney charged alongside the mayor of Allentown and a political consultant in a federal corruption indictment had “absolutely nothing to do” with nearly all events described and should get his own trial, counsel for the lawyer said in a Thursday filing in Pennsylvania.

  • November 13, 2017

    Truth Sinks Amateur Radio Boss’ Libel Suit, 3rd Circ. Says

    The former regional chairman of a national amateur radio network cannot pursue defamation claims against the group’s leadership over an article explaining his ouster, the Third Circuit ruled Monday, finding statements that he improperly coordinated with FEMA to be true.

  • November 13, 2017

    Navy Idea To Return Old Ships To Duty Too Costly, Memo Says

    A suggested plan to refit and put back in action several decommissioned U.S. Navy frigates would cost billions of dollars, taking away funds needed for more capable ships and outweighing any potential benefits, according to a Navy memo publicly revealed Sunday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Trump Taps Vet Of BigLaw, Big Pharma As Next HHS Chief

    President Donald Trump on Monday chose a veteran of BigLaw and Big Pharma to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a selection likely to invite questions about Trump’s commitment to tackling drug prices.

  • November 9, 2017

    Ex-CEO Seeks Ch. 11 Legal Fee OK To Fight Altegrity Suit

    The former CEO of security screener Altegrity Inc. has asked a Delaware bankruptcy court to lift restrictions on company insurer payments for her defense against a post-confirmation damage suit, saying she is “unambiguously entitled” to the funds.

  • November 9, 2017

    Texas Clinic Owners Accused Of $9.1M Injured Worker Fraud

    Two Houston pain clinic owners have been indicted on charges they paid kickbacks to a conspirator who directed injured federal workers to them, allegedly leading to $9.1 million worth of false claims with the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • November 9, 2017

    No Easy Fix For Contractors In Federal-State Pot Law Clash

    While federal law is clear on prohibiting the use of illicit drugs by employees of federal contractors, the increasing number of states legalizing marijuana have created a murky situation that contractors need to be aware of when setting employment policies, experts say.

  • November 9, 2017

    Fla. Compounding Pharmacy Ducks Whistleblower's FCA Suit

    A federal judge tossed a False Claims Act suit accusing a Florida compounding pharmacy of overcharging Tricare, Medicare and Medicaid for certain treatments, finding Wednesday the whistleblower who brought the suit hadn’t been privy to the inside information needed to support her case.

  • November 9, 2017

    VA Parking Lot Contractor Accused Of $11M Fraud, Bribery

    A parking lot operator for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Los Angeles was arrested Wednesday on charges of defrauding the VA out of more than $11 million and bribing an official to conceal his scheme, according to the FBI.

  • November 9, 2017

    DOJ Dropping ManorCare FCA Case After Witness Discredited

    With an expert witness’ credibility in tatters, the U.S. Department of Justice will admit defeat in a high-profile False Claims Act case accusing nursing home giant HCR ManorCare Inc. of a massive overbilling scheme, according to a new filing Wednesday in Virginia federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. High Court Raises Conflict Issues For Public Entities

    Gregory Rolen

    The California Supreme Court recently held that independent contractors who have been entrusted with entering into transactions on a public entity’s behalf can be held criminally responsible for a conflict of interest. We should have seen this coming and been better prepared, says Gregory Rolen of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • Protecting The Privacy Of Privileged Internal Investigations

    Donna Fisher

    Despite the fact-dependent nature of privilege, complicated by the diversity of approaches across jurisdictions, corporations can take effective measures to best protect confidential attorney-client communications and attorney work product relating to internal investigations, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Calif. Proposed Border Wall Law: Questions For Contractors

    Michael Baker

    The purpose of California Senate Bill 30 is to preclude contractors from doing business with the state of California if such contractors do business with the federal government on a border wall. Whether SB-30 is successful in discouraging those contracts, many fear the practical effect will be to inadvertently create some sort of “blacklist,” say Michael Baker and Jamie Furst ​​of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • 4 Cases That Could Affect Gov't Contracts For Tech

    Kristen Ittig

    The intersection of federal procurement and intellectual property law is a strange place, occupied by far more questions than answers. It is unusual that the past few months have brought so many decisions relevant to this area of law, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • No Refuge For DOJ In Chicago Sanctuary City Litigation

    Harold Krent

    The political connotations in the city of Chicago’s suit challenging the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to impose new conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program are clear. However, the case also raises profound legal questions that transcend the money that would otherwise be distributed to Chicago under the program, says Harold Krent, dean and professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Why UnitedHealthcare's Litigation Against CMS Is Unique

    Ursula Taylor

    UnitedHealthcare's efforts to challenge a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services overpayment rule has the potential to benefit other Medicare Advantage organizations. However, those hoping to ride on UHC's coattails and benefit from a swift and clean victory should understand UHC's unique litigation position, says Ursula Taylor of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP.