Government Contracts

  • September 22, 2010

    Councils Seek Changes To TINA Interest Calculations

    Two government councils have proposed a revision to three clauses of the Federal Acquisition Regulation in order to clarify the statutory method for calculating interest when a contractor is found to be in violation of the Truth in Negotiation Act.

  • September 22, 2010

    Feds Bring New Charges In DOD Supply Fraud Case

    The U.S. has brought new charges against a group of military subcontractor executives accused of selling $42 million worth of aircraft flares to the Department of Defense that were illegally manufactured using magnesium imported from China.

  • September 22, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Puts Contractors On Offense In Maropakis

    A federal appeals court decision to nix a contractor's defense against a U.S. Navy claim for liquidated damages in a construction dispute will require contractors to do more legwork upfront in order to defend themselves in case their dispute ends up in court, according to attorneys.

  • September 22, 2010

    Atty's Info Would Torpedo $1B Fraud Suit: Blackwater

    The company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide is seeking to compel the deposition of the plaintiffs' attorney in a $1.2 billion False Claims Act suit against the military contractor, arguing that she is improperly keeping the wraps on information that would preclude the court from claiming jurisdiction.

  • September 22, 2010

    Q&A With Akin Gump's Robert Huffman

    Congress has amended the Civil False Claims Act three times in the past 18 months. The best "reform" that could happen now would be a period of stabilization and consolidation in which the practical effects of recent “reforms” could be sorted out, says Robert K. Huffman, a leader in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's government contracts practice group.

  • September 21, 2010

    'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Effort Stalls In Senate

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday blocked an effort to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, delaying any further congressional action on the controversial measure, contained in the 2011 defense spending bill, until after the November midterm election.

  • September 21, 2010

    Omnicare Ends Medicaid False Claims Suit For $21M

    Omnicare Inc., the nation's leading provider of medications for nursing home residents, has paid about $21 million to Michigan and Massachusetts to settle a whistleblower complaint alleging it charged Medicaid more for drugs than private insurers, the plaintiffs' attorneys said Tuesday.

  • September 21, 2010

    DOJ Asks To Join Wyeth Rapamune Qui Tam Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice sought permission Tuesday to join a whistleblower suit accusing Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. of illegally marketing kidney transplant drug Rapamune for use in other, unapproved organ transplant operations.

  • September 21, 2010

    Q&A With Brown Rudnick's Ken Weckstein

    As the government cuts back on defense spending and brings more work in-house, contractors will fight harder for the remaining work. That means more bid protests, says Kenneth B. Weckstein, a leader in Brown Rudnick LLP's government contracts and litigation practice group.

  • September 21, 2010

    US Wants Toss Of Chapman Firm's $25M Contract Suit

    The U.S. government has asked for partial summary judgment in a breach of contract case brought against it by The Chapman Law Firm Co. LPA, arguing that the firm failed to comply with their agreement and thus should not be able to claim the more than $25 million it is seeking for allegations of breach of contract, trade secret theft and bad faith dealing.

  • September 21, 2010

    US Wants Sheridan Air Hangar Contract Suit Tossed

    Claiming that the case is not yet ripe, the U.S. government has asked a federal judge to toss The Sheridan Corp.'s bid protest accusing it of improperly pulling the plug on a contract to build a military aircraft hangar in Maine.

  • September 21, 2010

    Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims To Modernize FPS

    Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and others have introduced bipartisan legislation to reform and modernize the Federal Protective Service, which includes thousands of contract employees.

  • September 21, 2010

    Senate Panel OKs Lew To Lead Budget Office

    A key U.S. Senate committee approved the nomination Tuesday of Jacob “Jack” Lew to lead the Office of Management and Budget, placing him one step closer to confirmation.

  • September 21, 2010

    Manuli Seeks Exit From Marine Hose FCA Suit

    Manuli Oil & Marine USA Inc., one of more than three dozen defendants accused in a qui tam action of bid-rigging and price-fixing military marine product contracts, has moved to be dismissed from the case, arguing that it is an improper party to the False Claims Act litigation.

  • September 21, 2010

    5 Tips For The Beginning Government Contractor

    With the U.S. economy still recovering and new opportunities available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, many companies are looking to government contracting to boost their bottom lines, but doing business with Uncle Sam is no walk in the park. Attorneys talked to Law360 about how to get into government contracting without getting into trouble.

  • September 20, 2010

    Despite Bluster, New Bribery Bill Lacks Punch: Attys

    A bill the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed that would ban companies convicted of bribing foreign officials from contracting with the federal government will have little impact, attorneys say, because most Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations are resolved in a manner that would not trigger the sanctions outlined in the proposed law.

  • September 20, 2010

    Calif. Hospital Settles Medicare Fraud Suit For $2M

    A Southern California medical center has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a False Claims Act qui tam case accusing the hospital of committing Medicare fraud.

  • September 20, 2010

    HID Global Loses Bid Protest Over Passport Covers

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a bid protest by HID Global Inc., which had hoped to force the federal government to remove Buy American provisions from a procurement for a specialized material for passport covers.

  • September 20, 2010

    DOJ Drops Plan For New Case Management System

    The U.S. Department of Justice has pulled the plug on a new case management system that would have allowed its Civil, Criminal, Antitrust, Environmental and other divisions to share case information, but required another $193 million in funds, President Barack Obama's information chief revealed Monday.

  • September 20, 2010

    Q&A With Reed Smith's Lorraine Campos

    The most critical reform right now is alleviating the challenge of becoming a government contractor. Many companies expect the government to provide insight into the process, but the procurement work force doesn't have the headcount available to do it, says Lorraine Campos, head of Reed Smith LLP's government contracts and grants team.