Government Contracts

  • September 15, 2010

    9th Circ. Limits Electronic Search In MLB Steroid Case

    A full federal appeals court has overturned a panel decision upholding the government’s search of a computer database and other records in its investigation of steroid use by professional baseball players, establishing new ground rules for the search and seizure of electronically stored information.

  • September 15, 2010

    White House Aims To Boost Small Business Contracts

    A White House task force on Wednesday released a policy framework for boosting small businesses' opportunities to compete for and win federal contracts, laying out 13 actionable recommendations to guide federal agencies as they look for new ways to encourage small-business bidders.

  • September 15, 2010

    Pfizer Off The Hook In Genotropin Kickback Suit

    A federal judge has thrown out a qui tam lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. and affiliate Pharmacia Corp. that accused the drugmakers of paying kickbacks to physicians and marketing the growth hormone deficiency medication Genotropin for off-label uses.

  • September 15, 2010

    Fluor, IAP Unit Settle Spat Over Air Force Contract

    Fluor Intercontinental Inc. has resolved a dispute alleging a subsidiary of IAP Worldwide Services Inc. breached a subcontract for a terminated construction project for the U.S. Air Force.

  • September 14, 2010

    Ex-Hartford, Conn., Mayor Gets 3 Years For Corruption

    Former Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for his conviction on five felony charges after an investigation into city government corruption.

  • September 14, 2010

    Fla. Cancer Center Settles False Claims Suit

    A federal judge has approved a settlement between the federal government and a Florida physician-owned medical practice whose cancer unit is alleged to have fraudulently overcharged Medicare and Tricare by millions of dollars.

  • September 14, 2010

    Group Health Takes Bite Out Of Medicare Qui Tam Suit

    A federal judge has tossed much of a False Claims Act case brought by an ophthalmologist and ex-Group Health Permanente employee who accused GHP and others of being part of a scheme to boost revenue from Medicare with unnecessary cataract surgeries.

  • September 14, 2010

    FDA Blasts Bristol-Myers Over Puerto Rico Plant

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. over repeated manufacturing violations at a Puerto Rican facility, saying the pharmaceutical giant could lose government contracts and fail to get its drugs approved if it does not take swift corrective action.

  • September 14, 2010

    Chicago's Win In Supplier's Contract Spat Stands

    A federal judge has refused to reconsider his decision to nix Chicago United Industries Ltd.'s suit accusing the city of Chicago of mistreating it by unlawfully reducing or eliminating orders on existing contracts, failing to award it new contracts and halting communications with the supplier.

  • September 14, 2010

    US Foodservice Pays $30M To Settle Fraud Charges

    Leading food distributor U.S. Foodservice Inc. has agreed to pay $30 million to resolve U.S. Department of Justice allegations that it used shell companies to fraudulently overcharge the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs for food products the company supplied under government contracts.

  • September 13, 2010

    Better Controls Needed On Contractor Data Access: GAO

    A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office has found that federal agencies need to take greater precautions to ensure that contractors with access to sensitive government data do not misuse the information.

  • September 13, 2010

    GAO OKs VA's Rejection Of Medtronic Contract

    In a dispute over a proposed contract to supply the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with spinal implants made by Medtronic Inc., the U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a protest by Affirmative Solutions LLC, which had challenged the VA's rejection of its offer for failure to provide Medtronic sales data to the government.

  • September 13, 2010

    Denali Commission Can't Take Conditional Grants: GAO

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has ruled that independent federal agency the Denali Commission should not have taken approximately $1.58 million in grant funds from Alaska, saying the money constituted a conditional gift outside the commission's gift acceptance authority.

  • September 13, 2010

    EREH Wants Judgment In GSA Property Contract Fight

    Property lessor EREH Phase I LLC has asked a federal court for a judgment in its protest of a contract for a new military medical center, arguing that the U.S. General Services Administration failed to properly vet a rival bidder's offer.

  • September 10, 2010

    Raytheon On Hook For Retiree Benefits: 9th Circ.

    A federal appeals court has backed a lower court’s determination that defense contractor Raytheon Co. must repay millions of dollars in health care insurance premiums it charged a class of workers who took early retirement.

  • September 10, 2010

    KBR Prevails In Suit Over Toxic Exposure In Iraq

    A federal judge has thrown out a failure-to-warn suit brought by a disabled veteran against contracting firm Kellogg Brown and Root Service Inc. and related entities over his alleged exposure to toxic chemicals during the most recent Iraq War.

  • September 10, 2010

    US Appeals Loss In Army Hospital Construction Case

    The U.S. government has appealed a court ruling that overturned a decision by the Government Accountability Office to strip Turner Construction Co. Inc. of a contract to build a $333 million hospital at Fort Benning in Georgia due to organizational conflicts of interest.

  • September 10, 2010

    Night Vision Goggles Maker Fined For Illegal Exports

    Rigel Optics Inc. has been hit with a $90,000 criminal fine and is barred from making exports or contracting with the U.S., following its admission that it made unauthorized international sales of night vision goggles.

  • September 10, 2010

    DOI Loses Bid To Kill $173M Pipeline Contract Spat

    The U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has refused to dismiss claims by Rockies Express Pipeline LLC that the federal government breached an agreement related to the transport of natural gas by failing to pay reservation charges of at least $173 million.

  • September 10, 2010

    Medtronic Whistleblower's Kickback Suit Tossed

    A federal appeals court has dealt an apparent final blow to a would-be whistleblower's quest to sue doctors and medical equipment distributors who were allegedly part of a kickback scheme with Medtronic Inc.