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Government Contracts

  • October 26, 2010

    Board Tosses Part Of AECOM Iraq Contract Appeal

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has dealt a blow to efforts by AECOM Government Services Inc. to recoup more than $2 million in employment taxes that a 2008 law imposed on an offshore subsidiary handling a work force training contract in Iraq.

  • October 26, 2010

    GAO Shoots Down Eagle's Air Force Bid Protest

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a bid protest by Eagle Aviation Services and Technology Inc., which had argued it was improperly denied an opportunity to amend its failed proposal for operating services at a California Air Force base.

  • October 25, 2010

    Siemens Tries To Escape Equipment Overpricing Suit

    Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. is seeking summary judgment in a whistleblower suit that alleges it overpriced medical equipment sold to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming the federal government made fully informed decisions to enter into the disputed purchase contracts.

  • October 25, 2010

    Blackwater Successor Wants To Toss $1.2B FCA Suit

    The company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide has asked a federal judge to toss a $1.2 billion False Claims Act suit brought by two former employees on the grounds that the plaintiffs failed to file their second amended complaint under seal as required by the FCA.

  • October 25, 2010

    Lockheed Can't Shake FCA Wrongful Termination Suit

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss a wrongful termination suit against Lockheed Martin Operations Support Inc., ruling that a former Lockheed employee who said she was fired for reporting improper billing had alleged a plausible claim for retaliation and could be protected by the False Claims Act.

  • October 25, 2010

    Prosecutors Slam Western Titanium Bid To Trim Case

    A last-ditch attempt by Western Titanium Inc. to throw out some of the criminal supply fraud charges against it over fighter jet and spacecraft materials drew a harsh rebuke from prosecutors as the case headed to trial Monday.

  • October 25, 2010

    DOD Seeks Tighter Rules For Vessel Crews

    The U.S. Department of Defense has proposed an amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement that would implement a legislative change reducing exemptions and toughening certification standards for foreign employees on U.S. contractor vessels.

  • October 25, 2010

    Pharma Industry Dominates 2010 FCA Payouts

    The U.S. Department of Justice scored more than $3.1 billion in False Claims Act recoveries in the past fiscal year, with pharmaceutical companies accounting for eight of the top 10 payouts, according to a report released Monday by a nonprofit advocacy group.

  • October 25, 2010

    Amedisys Hit With ERISA Suit Over Medicare Issues

    A former Amedisys Inc. worker has filed a putative class action accusing the home health care provider of violating federal law by investing a pension plan in its own stock amid growing scrutiny of the company's Medicare billing practices.

  • October 25, 2010

    Judge Tosses FCA Suit Against Medco Health

    A federal judge has thrown out claims alleging that a subsidiary of Medco Health Solutions Inc. violated the False Claims Act through data-keeping measures intended to prevent the government from recognizing overpayments.

  • October 25, 2010

    Construction Co. Protests Ft. Benning Project Award

    A Georgia construction company has sued the federal government over contracts in Georgia and South Carolina, claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not give a good explanation for its decision to award a multimillion-dollar project to a higher bidder.

  • October 25, 2010

    Humana Tries To Snuff Qui Tam Medicare Fraud Case

    Humana Inc. is facing whistleblower allegations that its mail-order pharmacy RightSource fudged applications to become a Medicare prescription drug sponsor and overbilled the U.S. government millions of dollars for medications.

  • October 22, 2010

    Norden Loses Interlocutory Appeal Bid In FCA Suit

    A federal judge has denied Norden Systems Inc. and United Technologies Corp.'s bid to appeal his decision to reinstate one of the claims against them in a qui tam suit alleging False Claims Act violations through requests for payment to the federal government.

  • October 22, 2010

    Tyson Settles Case Alleging Race Bias In Hiring

    A Tyson Foods Inc. subsidiary has agreed to pay $560,000 to settle a U.S. Department of Labor case accusing the contractor of hiring Hispanics over black or white applicants.

  • October 22, 2010

    Nuke Contractor Ordered To Begin Prison Term

    A federal judge has ordered government contractor Roy David Williams to begin serving a 30-month prison term as he waits for a circuit court to decide whether to rehear his appeal of a 29-count conviction for defrauding a U.S.-owned nuclear weapons facility.

  • October 22, 2010

    Appellants Hit Back In FCA Suit Against Blackstone

    Two citizens who brought a previously dismissed qui tam suit alleging Blackstone Medical Inc. violated the False Claims Act by bribing doctors to use its surgical products have shot back at the medical supplier in their bid for a federal appeals court to reinstate their case.

  • October 22, 2010

    Blackwater Successor Hit With Another FLSA Action

    Defense contractor Xe Services LLC, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, has been hit with another Fair Labor Standards Act class action alleging the company misclassified firearms and tactics instructors as exempt employees to avoid paying them overtime compensation.

  • October 22, 2010

    Suit Claims HP Paid Bribes To Win Gov't Contracts

    Hewlett-Packard Co. and 11 of its current and former officers are being sued by a pension fund claiming the company violated the False Claims Act and anti-bribery statutes by paying “influencer fees” to government contractors and vendors in order to sway federal contract awards.

  • October 21, 2010

    FBI Digital Project Slammed As Overdue, Overbudget

    In a highly critical new report, an office of the U.S. Department of Justice has slammed the FBI's Sentinel project — a joint $451 million venture between the agency and Lockheed Martin Corp. to build a new digital case management system — as $100 million over its proposed budget and two years behind schedule.

  • October 21, 2010

    KBR Seeks 9th Circ. Review Of Iraq Poisoning Ruling

    A federal judge is weighing whether to certify an interlocutory appeal of his August ruling denying military contractor KBR Inc.'s motion to dismiss in a suit by more than two dozen Oregon National Guard soldiers who claim they suffered hexavalent chromium poisoning while providing security for the company during its restoration of a water plant in Iraq.