Government Contracts

  • July 19, 2017

    Judge Splits Albany Corruption Case, Trials Set For 2018

    A sprawling corruption case involving two former aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and hundreds of millions of dollars of rigged contracts was split in two by a federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday, with trials set to begin in January and May.

  • July 19, 2017

    Credit Card Processors Dodge NJ Man's Fee-Ducking Suit

    A New Jersey state appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower’s qui tam suit against a group of credit card processors over claims they evaded various state fees, finding his allegations against the companies relate to tax obligations excluded from the state's False Claims Act.

  • July 19, 2017

    Fed Circ. Won't Toss Injunction Appeal On $2.8B Gov't Deal

    A Federal Circuit judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss an appeal seeking to stay preliminary injunctions preventing the U.S. Department of Education from moving forward with a $2.8 billion debt collection services contract, rejecting Continental Service Group Inc.’s argument that the court lacked jurisdiction over the appeal.

  • July 19, 2017

    Navy Awards $149M In Contracts For USS Enterprise

    The Pentagon on Tuesday announced it has awarded shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries nearly $150 million in funds for a modification to its existing contract for advance work on the future USS Enterprise, the third carrier in the Gerald R. Ford Class.

  • July 19, 2017

    ASBCA Says Northrop's $253M Cost Claim Wrongly Denied

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in a decision made public Tuesday found the Defense Contract Management Agency improperly disallowed Northrop Grumman’s cost reimbursement claims for nearly $253.4 million in retiree benefits, saying the DCMA had taken too rigid a stance on the relevant cost accounting regulation.

  • July 19, 2017

    Weapons Acquisition Programs To Cost $1.9T, DOD Says

    The costs of the U.S. Department of Defense’s current major acquisition programs are expected to run to around $1.89 trillion, with projected costs for previously introduced programs increasing by about $105 billion over the previous year, the DOD said in a report made public on Tuesday.

  • July 19, 2017

    Whistleblower Slams Boston Heart's Bid For Redo In FCA Suit

    An insurance executive who’s suing Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp. on behalf of the government over the Massachusetts company’s allegedly useless tests told a D.C. federal judge Tuesday that the company still can’t escape the suit, despite rehashing old arguments.

  • July 19, 2017

    Booz Allen Wins $140M Air Force Biz Overhaul Contract

    The Pentagon has awarded Booz Allen Hamilton a $140 million contract to oversee a reorganization of U.S. Air Force business practices, the agency announced on Tuesday.

  • July 18, 2017

    Ex-HHS Official Dropped From Suit Over Revoked ACA Grant

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a former federal government official from a case alleging she had violated an Illinois company’s right to due process when it was attempting to receive grants in connection with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

  • July 18, 2017

    Prosecutors May Testify In $1B Fla. Health Care Fraud Case

    A Florida magistrate judge indicated Tuesday she would allow limited questioning of federal prosecutors as part of a bid to disqualify them by a Florida businessman fighting a $1 billion health care fraud case.

  • July 18, 2017

    Argentina, Total Settle $270M Arbitration

    Argentina has reached an agreement with France's Total SA to satisfy a $270 million arbitral award over actions taken during the country's financial crisis in the early 2000s, under which it will deliver $210 million worth of bonds to the energy behemoth, the country announced Tuesday.

  • July 18, 2017

    Law360 Cheat Sheet: US Goals For NAFTA 2.0

    The Trump administration has come forward with a broad slate of policy objectives for the upcoming reboot of the North American Free Trade Agreement, giving both opponents and supporters of the effort plenty to scrutinize as it prepares to return to the negotiating table with Mexico and Canada. Here, Law360 tells you what you need to know.

  • July 18, 2017

    Ohio Health Care Providers Pay $19.5M To Settle FCA Claims

    One of Ohio's largest nursing home operations will pay $19.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that three companies and two executives improperly sought Medicare reimbursement for medically unnecessary rehabilitation and hospice services, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

  • July 18, 2017

    HHS Urges More Transparency On 340B Drug Prices

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday called for increased transparency on the 340B Drug Discount Program’s prices and claims, as well as clearer rules about providers’ relationships with contract pharmacies that dispense drugs purchased through the program.

  • July 18, 2017

    Mattis Suggests Looser Drone Export Policy On Horizon

    The Trump administration is working to develop a potentially more permissive policy covering the exports of military unmanned aerial systems, or drones, that better balances the needs of both the U.S. and its allies, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a letter made public Tuesday.

  • July 18, 2017

    DOJ Says FOIA Suit For Legal Advice Is Too Broad

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge in oral arguments Tuesday to dismiss as too expansive and unspecified a suit accusing the Office of Legal Counsel of treating its advice as broadly exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

  • July 18, 2017

    Senate OKs Former Boeing Exec As No. 2 At Defense Dept.

    The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick for second in command at the Pentagon on Tuesday, voting 92-7 to approve a former Boeing executive as deputy secretary of the Defense Department.

  • July 18, 2017

    Northrop Lands $98M US Strategic Defense Contract

    The Pentagon has awarded Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. a $98 million contract to provide command and control capabilities for the U.S. command tasked with overseeing the nation’s nuclear, strategic defense and global situational awareness capabilities, the Air Force announced Monday.

  • July 17, 2017

    Drug Costs Threaten FDA Quick Approval Program, Docs Say

    Drugs approved through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's accelerated pathway often carry a high price tag, which at times leads insurers to refuse coverage of the drugs and may endanger the future of the process, researchers said in a New England Journal of Medicine policy analysis.

  • July 17, 2017

    Drug Return Fraudster Fights Forfeiture Bid

    A former drug refund company chief financial officer now convicted of fraud told a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday that the government shouldn’t be able to force her to forfeit personal assets because it had never proven she personally benefited from her company’s scheme to cheat customers, including the U.S. Department of Defense.

Expert Analysis

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    Richard Cooper

    Normally, investors and lenders to public-private partnerships avoid pursuing projects where the government’s ability to provide financial, operational and logistical support is subject to considerable uncertainty. But the tools provided by the Puerto Rican Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act can help mitigate some of these risks and even facilitate future projects in Puerto Rico, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Ste... (continued)

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • AFA Considerations For Gov't Contract Claims Litigation

    Stephen McBrady

    More and more, government contractors are seeking alternative fee arrangements to pursue claims against the government. The early decision of where to litigate a claim may have a significant impact on the structure of an AFA, says Stephen McBrady of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.

  • Opinion

    Why 'Class Action Attorney Fees' Are Such Dirty Words

    Dan Karon

    What drives disdain for plaintiffs class action lawyers getting paid? While stupid class actions filed by feckless lawyers are a disgrace, good class actions are essential. Without risk-taking plaintiffs lawyers, there would be no defense lawyers, and corporate cheaters would run amuck, ravaging consumers and victimizing well-behaving companies, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • 6 Takeaways From 'Buy American' Memo On Agency Reports

    Justin Ganderson

    Although the recent "buy American" memorandum from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is mostly administrative in nature, it contains lessons for contractors and at least some indication of what they might see from the Trump administration in the coming months, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.