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Government Contracts

  • July 23, 2018

    Is The Grass Greener On The Solo Side?

    Long hours. Financial stress. Unpredictable clients. These lawyers say they've found their calling.

  • July 23, 2018

    Former Nonprofit Atty Says School's Law Firm A 'Sham'

    A former attorney for a nonprofit private school for children with traumatic brain injuries has filed suit against the school in New York federal court, alleging that she was fired after raising concerns about government funds she claims was funneled to the school's founder through a "sham" law firm.

  • July 20, 2018

    Law360's Satisfaction Survey: By The Numbers

    Being a lawyer is not easy. But among private practice attorneys, in-house counsel and government lawyers, who's feeling the greatest pressure in finances and stress? Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey provides a snapshot.

  • July 20, 2018

    The Least-Stressed Attorneys In A Stressed-Out Profession

    Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey shows that when it comes to career and overall well-being, one type of firm is a lawyer's happy place — at least relatively speaking.

  • July 20, 2018

    Facebook Suspends Analytics Firm To Study Possible Misuse

    Facebook Inc. has suspended social media analytics firm Crimson Hexagon from using its platform, it announced Friday, saying it would look into whether the company’s work under contracts with federal agencies and a contract with a firm allegedly tied to the Russian government violate its user data policies.

  • July 20, 2018

    Lawmakers Back Down On ZTE Sanctions In Defense Bill

    The National Defense Authorization Act won’t include a U.S. Senate-backed provision that would have barred ZTE Corp. from buying American components, according to a series of public statements issued Friday from a bipartisan group of lawmakers incensed about the turnaround.

  • July 20, 2018

    Ex-Background Checker Pleads Guilty To Lying About Work

    A former federal contractor pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C., federal court to lying about carrying out work on federal background checks used to determine security clearances, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • July 20, 2018

    Gov't To Pay Cenveo $5.5M Over Pulled Census Contract

    Bankrupt envelope and printed product manufacturer Cenveo has asked a New York bankruptcy court to approve a settlement that would see the federal government pay $5.5 million to terminate a contract related to the 2020 U.S. Census.

  • July 20, 2018

    DOJ: Advice To Agencies Not Automatically Subject To FOIA

    Oral arguments over a lawsuit attacking a claim by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel that its legal advice is broadly exempt from the Freedom of Information Act boiled down Friday to a chicken-and-egg argument, with the DOJ asserting that agencies must adopt the advice before it becomes subject to disclosure.

  • July 19, 2018

    DOD Floats Moving Some Cyber Defenses To Cloud

    The U.S. Department of Defense is seeking to move parts of its Acropolis cyber defense system to the cloud, according to a recent DOD request for information seeking out companies that could potentially handle the work.

  • July 19, 2018

    House Panel OKs $51B DHS Bill With Border Wall Boost

    A House panel on Thursday approved a $51 billion bill funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for 2019, including $5 billion in funding for the southern border wall project, setting up a clash with the Senate’s version of the same legislation.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ex-Albany Lobbyist Shouldn't Be In A Jail Cell, Judge Says

    Manhattan U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni said Thursday that jailed former lobbyist Todd Howe, a noted government witness whose cooperation in twin corruption trials helped secure the convictions of both a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a former SUNY president, should no longer be in detention for a bail violation.

  • July 19, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Pharma Charity Likely Waived Free Speech Right, OIG Says

    A pharmaceutical charity alleging free speech violations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General likely waived its constitutional right to engage in certain communications with drugmakers, the OIG told a Virginia federal court on Wednesday.  

  • July 19, 2018

    Ex-Cuomo Aide Seeks Short Prison Stint For Corruption

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former “right-hand man” on Thursday pushed back against Manhattan federal prosecutors’ bid to lock him up for five years or more following his conviction on bribery charges, instead asking for no more than a two-year stretch.

  • July 19, 2018

    AngioDynamics Will Pay $12.5M To End DOJ's FCA Probe

    AngioDynamics Inc. has agreed to pay $12.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it sold an unapproved chemotherapy drug delivery device and touted it as approved, and that it falsely advertised that Medicare would cover a device for malfunctioning veins for unproven uses, prosecutors said.

  • July 19, 2018

    Energy Co. Gets OK To Enforce $13.7M Award Against Ghana

    A D.C. federal judge said a British energy company can begin to collect on a nearly $13.7 million arbitral award against the Republic of Ghana that the court confirmed in March, finding that enough time has passed since judgment was entered.

  • July 18, 2018

    Top Gov't Contracts Policy Changes So Far In 2018

    The first half of 2018 has seen several significant policy changes for federal contractors, from a huge change to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s bid protest system, to the U.S. Department of Justice making significant adjustments to how it will handle some False Claims Act cases. ​​Here are some of the most consequential policy moves for the government contracting community from the first six months of 2018.

  • July 18, 2018

    Nursing Orgs. Settle Medicare Reimbursement Suit For $10M

    A pair of consulting firms and nine affiliated skilled nursing facilities operating in Florida and Alabama agreed to pay $10 million to resolve allegations by the U.S. government that the companies submitted false claims to Medicare after providing patients with medically unnecessary therapy services, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement Wednesday.

  • July 18, 2018

    Calif. Court Revives Oil Drilling Royalties Settlement

    A California appeals court partially reversed a trial court and allowed a settlement that permitted the city of Whittier and a conservation authority to share royalties from an oil and gas development, deciding that it didn’t violate a proposition aimed at funding recreational projects.

  • July 18, 2018

    NJ Court Affirms Agency’s $15M High School Project Decision

    A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a contractor's quote for a high school addition and renovation project didn't go over a $15 million limit, affirming a decision by a state agency awarding the contract to Hall Construction Co.

Expert Analysis

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • How GSA Is Dealing With Breach Of Gov't Contractor Database

    Robert Tompkins

    After the System for Award Management was compromised, the General Services Administration recently implemented additional steps to verify SAM users. These steps, while important, have the potential to disrupt contractors' ability to access and update their SAM profiles and potentially their ability to get paid, say Robert Tompkins and Mary Beth Bosco of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • Diabetic Care RX Case Is A Warning Sign For Private Equity

    Christopher Hewitt

    The United States government recently sent shock waves through the private equity industry by charging a PE firm for its portfolio company’s alleged health care fraud in U.S. v. Diabetic Care RX. Four measures can help private equity firms mitigate their risk so they avoid the same fate, say Christopher Hewitt and Jayne Juvan of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • 11th Circ. Decision Deepens An FCA Circuit Split

    Douglas Baruch

    The Eleventh Circuit's False Claims Act decision this month in U.S. v. Cochise results in a clear and stark circuit court split. The issue of whether the extended limitations period may be invoked by relators in declined qui tam actions — and, if so, whose knowledge triggers the clock — is now ripe for resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Update For Gov't Contractors On Settled Suit Cost Recovery

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    Since the Federal Circuit's 2009 decision in Geren v. Tecom, the allowability of government contractor settlement costs incurred in just about any type of third-party lawsuit has been unclear. But this month the U.S. Court of Federal Claims had the opportunity to analyze the Tecom standard in Bechtel v. U.S., say Steven Masiello and Tyler Thomas of Dentons.