Government Contracts

  • April 25, 2018

    ConocoPhillips Wins $2B In Claim Against Venezuela Oil Co.

    ConocoPhillips prevailed Wednesday in an arbitration against Venezuela's state-owned oil company over the 2007 nationalization of two of its onshore extra-heavy oil projects, receiving a $2.04 billion award from an International Chamber of Commerce tribunal, the oil company said.

  • April 24, 2018

    DOJ Demands Must End After FCA Suit Declined, Clinic Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice has improperly continued to demand medical records and testimony from a podiatry clinic chain despite declining to join a False Claims Act case that accuses the chain of fraudulent billing, according to a petition filed Monday in Kentucky federal court.

  • April 24, 2018

    11th Circ. Backs Sentences In $37M Gov't Contracts Scheme

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed in a published opinion Tuesday the convictions and sentences of two men for their roles in a scheme to bribe military officials to obtain trucking contracts that paid out more than $37 million, finding the pair's arguments of trial court error unavailing.

  • April 24, 2018

    Convicted Hospital CEO Says He Owes Nothing In FCA Suit

    Attorneys for a former hospital CEO convicted in a massive kickback scheme told an Illinois federal judge Tuesday the government can’t collect damages from him in a parallel civil suit because patients received medical care despite the fraud.

  • April 24, 2018

    Armstrong Case Shows Whistleblowers Are Key To Doping Fix

    Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s recent agreement to pay $5 million to settle claims he defrauded the government by doping while racing under a U.S. Postal Service sponsorship is being labeled a victory for the government and, according to experts, may show how an expansion of whistleblower laws could be used to root out doping in sports.

  • April 24, 2018

    Fla. State Sen. Joins Morgan & Morgan In Fort Lauderdale

    A Florida state senator has joined plaintiffs' firm Morgan & Morgan PA in its Fort Lauderdale office, where he will focus his practice on consumer class actions, False Claims Act suits and first-party insurance coverage cases, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    Low Bidder Won't Get Contract For NJ Enviro Cleanup

    The disqualified low bidder on a contract with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for emergency response services should have already had a subcontractor in place that had a valid license in asbestos removal, a state appellate panel ruled Tuesday in upholding the state’s rejection of the bid.

  • April 24, 2018

    Tiversa Faked Breaches For Fed Contracts, LabMD Prez Says

    LabMD has added to its multifront battle with Tiversa stemming from the exposure of a patient data file, with a recently unsealed False Claims Act suit lodged by the now-shuttered laboratory’s president that accuses the cybersecurity firm of fabricating breaches to land lucrative government contracts.

  • April 23, 2018

    Call Center Workers Tell DOL General Dynamics Stole Wages

    The Communications Workers of America on Monday filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor on behalf of workers at five call centers operated by a General Dynamics unit that handle calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, accusing the company of “widespread wage theft.”

  • April 23, 2018

    Whistleblower Says Gov’t Stiffed Him On $1M FCA Reward

    A whistleblower from a False Claims Act lawsuit involving a Michigan doctor and the hospital where he practiced is looking to recover $980,000 from the U.S. government, saying he is entitled to a cut from a $3.2 million deal between the hospital and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • April 23, 2018

    Advocate Hospital, Physician Must Face FCA Claims

    Advocate Medical Group and one of its doctors were released from a False Claims Act whistleblower suit in Illinois federal court Monday, but an Advocate hospital and some staff members still must face the bulk of the claims related to their alleged practice of charging the government for operations performed by assistants.

  • April 23, 2018

    Defense Agency's $124M Contract Properly Awarded: GAO

    The Defense Information Systems Agency reasonably awarded a $123.8 million contract for agency program support, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled, saying an awardee partner met the contract requirements at the time of contract award, even if it didn’t at the time of bidding.

  • April 23, 2018

    Genetics Co. Hid Cancer Test Overbilling, Investor Says

    Myriad Genetics Inc. and its executives hid from shareholders that it was overbilling Medicare and Medicaid for a hereditary cancer test in a scheme that eventually drew the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ ire and caused the company's stock to slump, an investor in a proposed class action said in Utah federal court. 

  • April 20, 2018

    Orbital ATK Ordered To Fork Over Docs In Securities Suit

    A Virginia magistrate judge has given Orbital ATK Inc. until May 1 to produce all of the documents that shareholders accused the company of withholding during discovery for their suit claiming they were misled by Orbital about losses incurred on a $2.3 billion U.S. Army ammunition deal.

  • April 20, 2018

    Janssen Escapes Whistleblower Suit Over Off-Label Opioids

    A California federal judge Thursday nixed a False Claims Act suit accusing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical NV of using unlawful marketing practices to boost off-label sales of its opioid prescription drugs, saying a change of the pseudonym for the whistleblower who filed the suit violated the FCA’s first-to-file doctrine.

  • April 20, 2018

    Ex-Worker's Age Claim Not Nixed By ERISA, Fla. Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge on Friday kept alive a former Nexagen Networks Inc. employee’s suit accusing the company of firing him to dodge health care costs and replacing him with a younger worker, saying his state-law age discrimination claim isn’t preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • April 20, 2018

    Navy Sec. Seeks Way To Keep Adversaries Out Of DOD Deals

    Navy Secretary Richard Spencer at a Senate panel hearing Thursday called on the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an algorithm to detect and prevent instances of adversaries accessing sensitive information through contracts, pointing to a close call involving Chinese telecommunication equipment company Huawei Technologies.

  • April 20, 2018

    GAO Says Challenge To Bid Process On $17B IT Deal Too Late

    The Government Accountability Office shut down a protest from government contractor Planned Systems International after it unsuccessfully bid on a $17.5 billion Department of Defense IT services contract Friday, ruling it cannot protest the terms of the solicitation after the fact.

  • April 20, 2018

    Whistleblower Claim Window Would Quadruple In Pa. Bill

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker introduced a bill Thursday that would quadruple the window for claims brought under the state’s whistleblower law and allow for punitive damage awards to workers.

  • April 20, 2018

    DOD Stresses Contentious JEDI Deal Not Locked For Decade

    A U.S. Department of Defense official continued to defend the DOD’s plan to choose only one vendor for its contentious pending Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract Thursday, while seeking to clarify that the department can revisit its choice of vendor after two years and won’t be locked in for a decade.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • What To Expect After Trump's State Of The Union Address

    Jeffrey Turner

    As President Donald Trump emphasized in his recent State of the Union speech, the U.S. economy appears to be strong. Unfortunately, as the Democratic response confirmed, the state of affairs on Capitol Hill is anything but. Jeffrey Turner and David Schnittger of Squire Patton Boggs LLP outline what Congress must do in the next month or so.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Has New Policy On FCA Dismissals — Finally

    Harold Malkin

    It always seemed unconscionable — even when I was a federal prosecutor — to require defendants who succeeded in persuading the U.S. Department of Justice that a False Claims Act qui tam action was meritless to then have to defend themselves anew against the relator in court. The DOJ's recent change in policy is welcome news, says Harold Malkin of Lane Powell PC.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Rebuilding Texas: Protections And Limitations For Designers

    Bryan Gaudet

    In the final part of their series on considerations for companies engaging in reconstruction projects following Hurricane Harvey, Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP explore some of the particularities of working as a design professional on a public project in Texas.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Previewing The Administration’s Infrastructure Policy

    Richard Butterworth

    The administration's infrastructure investment plan is expected to be a significant part of the State of the Union address this week. Judging by a recently leaked White House "Funding Principles" memo on infrastructure, the plan is expected to push private financing opportunities to state and local governments, say Richard Butterworth and Seth Kirshenberg of Kutak Rock LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • How Cos. Can Take Advantage Of DOJ False Claims Act Memo

    Aileen Fair

    The U.S. Department of Justice memorandum made public on Jan. 24 is a sensible clarification of government policy concerning the False Claims Act. If followed, it could deter qui tam relators from filing meritless FCA claims, say Aileen Fair and Harry Sandick of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.