Government Contracts

  • January 25, 2018

    Gun Part Co. Says Smith & Wesson Cut It Out Of Sales Deal

    Silencer manufacturer Gemini Technologies Inc. told an Idaho federal court that Smith & Wesson Corp. negotiated the purchase of the company in bad faith, intentionally ditching a plan to make hundreds of millions of dollars in sales in order to forgo paying out a cut.

  • January 25, 2018

    Attys React To DOJ's New Memo On FCA Dismissals

    A newly unveiled U.S. Department of Justice memo discusses circumstances in which the government should consider dismissing False Claims Act cases brought by whistleblowers. Here, attorneys offer their perspectives on the significance of the memo.

  • January 25, 2018

    Albania Beats Italian Power Co.'s €137M Arbitral Claim

    Albania has prevailed in a €137.2 million ($170.3 million) arbitration initiated by an Italian power company after a deal to construct a hydroelectric plant fell through, according to a Thursday statement from Albania's ministry of infrastructure and energy.

  • January 25, 2018

    Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Getting a suit against engineering giant AECOM tossed on state secrets grounds last year and securing Energy Department indemnification for Dow Chemical Co. and a Boeing unit to settle nuclear waste exposure claims earned Wiley Rein LLP a place among Law360’s Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 24, 2018

    Ex-Navy Contractor Pleads Guilty to $2.8M Bribery Scheme

    A former contractor at Military Sealift Command pled guilty to taking around $2.8 million in a telecommunications-related bribery scheme that went on for more than a decade, and follows a guilty plea in 2014 that stuck him with an 8-year prison sentence, the government said Wednesday.

  • January 24, 2018

    Feds Push To Expand FCA Billing Suit Against Fresenius

    Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a federal judge to side with a magistrate judge and let them add more claims to a whistleblower’s allegation that Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for unnecessary hepatitis B tests.

  • January 24, 2018

    GAO Rejects Challenge To $4B Army Radio Contract Terms

    The U.S. Army adequately explained the safety and security reasons behind its requirements for a $3.9 billion communications radio contract, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Wednesday, denying a protest arguing the Army wrongly overlooked a technically superior solution.

  • January 24, 2018

    Former City Atty Employee Sentenced For Embezzling $700K

    A former claims supervisor with the Glendale City Attorney’s Office was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a California federal judge Monday, after she admitted to embezzling more than $600,000 from her employer and making it look as though the money was paid to settle civil claims against the city.

  • January 24, 2018

    GAO Denies Protest Of $335.5M Afghan Embassy Contract

    The Government Accountability Office has denied a bid protest over the award to Triple Canopy Inc. of a $335.5 million contract for the provision of security to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, agreeing with the U.S. Department of State’s finding that the pricing proposal lacked key information.

  • January 24, 2018

    Medical Device Co. To Pay $7.6M In Electrode FCA Suit

    California medical device company DJO Global Inc. will pay $7.62 million to settle allegations it submitted false claims for nerve-stimulating electrodes to Tricare, a government health benefit program for military personnel, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • January 24, 2018

    Cuomo Atty Tells Jury Accused Ex-Aide Was NY Power Broker

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's counsel told a Manhattan jury Wednesday that Joe Percoco, the governor's onetime “right-hand man” on trial for graft along with three businessmen, had unfettered access to the governor and power over policy, hiring and strategy for years prior to an indictment charging bribery and extortion.

  • January 24, 2018

    11th Circ. Won’t Revive $320M Fla. Hospice FCA Case

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday shot down a Florida social worker’s bid to revive her False Claims Act accusations against a nonprofit hospice provider, ruling a lower court was right to dismiss the $320 million whistleblower suit because her claims lacked specific details about the alleged fraud.

  • January 24, 2018

    $8.5M Award Enforcement Violates Public Policy, DC Circ. Told

    A U.S. engineering firm on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to reverse an order enforcing an $8.5 million arbitration award against it issued to an Afghan builder over a project to construct a power station in Kabul, arguing the decision violates public policy interests. 

  • January 24, 2018

    DOD, Sikorsky Get Claims Trimmed In FOIA Data Fight

    A California federal judge on Tuesday exempted the U.S. Department of Defense and contractor Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. from having to release the signatures of employees written on a subcontracting plan, handing the parties a partial win but also setting up a showdown with the American Small Business League in its Freedom of Information Act suit.

  • January 24, 2018

    Heckler & Koch Must Produce Docs In Orbital ATK Dispute

    Heckler & Koch must cough up documents to Orbital ATK as part of a subcontracting dispute involving a rescinded U.S. Army weapons contract, a Minnesota federal magistrate judge ruled on Tuesday, after Orbital accused the German gun maker of deliberately dragging its feet.

  • January 24, 2018

    Pa. Man In Transit Agency Bribe Scheme Wants No Jail Time

    The owner of a Philadelphia-area transportation company who admitted to bribing an undercover agent in a bid to expedite an application with a transit agency told a federal court Tuesday that he could be adequately punished for the crime without a prison sentence.

  • January 24, 2018

    Armored Truck Fraudster Denied Bid To Set Aside Verdict

    A Virginia federal judge declined Tuesday to overturn a jury verdict convicting the CEO of a now-defunct military contractor of fraud for providing faulty armored trucks under federal contracts, saying the government had adequately proven its case.

  • January 24, 2018

    Mayors Group Wins $8M From Retirement Plan Administrator

    The United States Conference of Mayors won $8 million from Great-West Life Insurance & Annuity Co. on Tuesday when a Washington, D.C., federal jury found the company broke its promises in marketing retirement plans for city workers across the country.

  • January 24, 2018

    Gov't Contracts Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP’s government contracts practice group secured a $6.8 billion procurement for UnitedHealth and its affiliates last year, while also helping a contractor fight off hundreds of class claims, landing it a spot among Law360’s 2017 Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

  • January 23, 2018

    Cuomo Aide's 'Old Fashioned' Corruption Trial Opens

    The federal trial of a former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and three businessmen accused of bribing him started Tuesday with prosecutors calling it a case of "old fashioned" corruption and defense attorneys taking shots at another ex-Cuomo staffer and cooperator.

Expert Analysis

  • 4th Circ. Deals Blow To Securities Fraud Plaintiffs

    Colby Smith

    By cabining material misrepresentation and scienter within their respective domains, the Fourth Circuit in Maguire Financial v. PowerSecure highlighted the onerous bar securities fraud plaintiffs must meet for their claims to survive dismissal, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • Simplifying Federal Purchases Of Commercial Products

    Angela Styles

    The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the president on Tuesday, makes measurable strides forward in transforming the federal government’s commercial purchasing practices and signals a willingness to remove the regulatory burdens facing government purchasers and commercial companies, say Angela Styles and Robert Wagman of Bracewell LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • 3 Compliance Obligations You May Not Know You Have

    Jayna Marie Rust

    If a business has agreements with the government or with anyone who does business with the government, or is affiliated with anyone who does business with the government, it may be subject to government contractor employment rules. Violating these rules, even unknowingly, can be costly, says Jayna Rust of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • Assessing New Cybersecurity Regs For Defense Contractors

    Theodore Augustinos

    With a new set of cybersecurity compliance requirements for defense contractors and subcontractors becoming effective at the end of this month, now is the time to review and update cybersecurity programs and incident response plans, say Theodore Augustinos and Berne Kluber of Locke Lord LLP.