Government Contracts

  • March 24, 2017

    8 Officers Plead Not Guilty In ‘Fat Leonard’ Bribery Scheme

    Eight of the nine current and former senior U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officers charged two weeks ago as part of an ongoing bribery scandal related to lucrative Navy port services deals involving a contractor known as "Fat Leonard" have entered not guilty pleas in California federal court.

  • March 24, 2017

    Atty At Center Of $550M Social Security Fraud Pleads Guilty

    A Kentucky attorney who conspired with an administrative law judge and a psychologist to defraud Social Security of $550 million in disability payments pled guilty in federal court Friday for his role in the scheme, according to a U.S. Department of Justice announcement.

  • March 24, 2017

    1.4 Million Illinois Job Seekers' Info Potentially Hacked

    Gov. Bruce Rauner's office confirmed Friday that a vendor contracted with the state's Department of Employment Security had its data breached earlier this month in a hack that touched the data of 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois.

  • March 24, 2017

    6th Circ. Revives Tenn. 911 Billing Suit Against AT&T

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday reversed a district court ruling that 10 Tennessee emergency communications districts couldn't sue an AT&T subsidiary regarding billing disputes under the state’s 911 law, saying the suit was wrongly dismissed for lack of standing.

  • March 24, 2017

    Texas Jury Convicts Doc For Role In $40M Medicare Scheme

    A Texas doctor was convicted by a federal jury on multiple counts of health care fraud Friday after federal prosecutors alleged he had participated in a scheme that bilked Medicare out of $40 million for home health services by filing false claims for services that were either unneeded or were never provided.

  • March 24, 2017

    Bribing Of Chicago Official Lands Vendor 7-Year Sentence

    A federal judge on Friday sentenced an Illinois businessman to seven years in prison for bribing the former head of Chicago's public school system into awarding him over $20 million in city contracts, with the judge saying he believed the businessman acted "out of greed, not need."

  • March 24, 2017

    Board Axes Nuclear Contractor Appeal In Gov't Contract Row

    U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals denied a nuclear fuel fabricator's appeal for an additional $700,000 it said the U.S. Department of Energy contractually owed it, deciding Thursday that the relevant disputed option had not been exercised by the government.

  • March 24, 2017

    Austin Ducks Suit Claiming Rigged Body Cam Contract

    A Texas appellate court on Friday dismissed on jurisdictional grounds a lawsuit accusing the city of Austin of rigging the bid process to favor a pre-selected contractor when it awarded a $12.2 million contract for body cameras to be worn by its police department.

  • March 24, 2017

    GAO Says Delivery Delay On Boeing Air Tankers May Worsen

    The cost of the U.S. Air Force’s massive KC-46 acquisition has dropped by more $7 billion over initial estimates, but continued delays mean delivery of the air-to-air refueling tanker may slip further back, a watchdog agency said Friday.

  • March 24, 2017

    DOD Blasts 'Incoherent' GAO Report On Security Cooperation

    The Pentagon is at loggerheads with Congress’ favorite watchdog agency over the latter’s painstaking “inventory” of U.S. security cooperation programs with foreign governments, pillorying a new report as “scattershot and incoherent” and deserving of the waste bin in comments made available Friday.

  • March 24, 2017

    VA Gets Tribe's Suit Over Health Care Reimbursements Nixed

    An Arizona federal judge on Thursday tossed a suit by the Gila River Indian Community accusing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to reimburse the tribe for health care the community provided to veterans, saying the tribe can’t bring those claims in federal district court.

  • March 24, 2017

    Feds Drop Money Laundering Count In $45M Medicare Case

    Federal prosecutors have dropped a money laundering conspiracy charge from the trial against alleged ringleaders of a $45 million Medicare fraud scheme, they told an Illinois federal judge on Thursday.

  • March 24, 2017

    Education Tech Co. Seeks To Revive FCA Suit Coverage Bid

    Education technology company HotChalk Inc. on Friday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a California federal judge's decision that it isn't covered for its costs to defend and settle a False Claims Act suit accusing it of unlawfully offering incentives to employees for student recruitment, saying the ruling renders its insurance policy worthless.

  • March 24, 2017

    What You Need To Know About The Border Wall So Far

    With the U.S. government officially seeking proposals for the border wall, the Trump administration seems determined to get started on its wall project as soon as possible. Here’s a look at the wall’s potential costs, its contracting requirements and the many land, tribal and environmental issues that could get in the way.

  • March 24, 2017

    3 Sentenced In Fla. For $175M Health Care Fraud Scheme

    Three participants in a scheme that used call centers and kickbacks to generate bogus prescriptions and bilk government and private insurers for $175 million were sentenced on Thursday in Florida federal court, with several more defendants set to be sentenced in the next week.

  • March 24, 2017

    GAO Nixes 2nd Challenge To Army Test Center Contract

    A company that had successfully challenged a U.S. Army test services contract awarded to a competitor was unable to convince the U.S. Government Accountability Office the second time around that the Army couldn’t back up its evaluation of the rival bidder’s staffing approach, according to a decision released Thursday.

  • March 24, 2017

    Army Adds All Remaining Bidders To $10B Translation Project

    The U.S. Army has more than doubled the number of companies to take part in a nearly $10 billion foreign language services project with a U.S. Department of Defense announcement Thursday that appeared to expand the award to include each contractor to submit a bid.

  • March 23, 2017

    Texas Anesthesiologist Gets 3.5 Years For Health Care Fraud

    A Dallas anesthesiologist will spend about 3 1/2 years in prison and must pay $7.4 million in restitution after a Texas federal jury found him guilty of seven counts of health care fraud, a Texas federal judge has ruled.

  • March 23, 2017

    Cozen Continues Miami Growth With 3 Commercial Litigators

    Cozen O'Connor has continued its rapid growth in Miami, announcing the addition of three commercial litigators it says will contribute in a variety of areas, including contracts, antitrust cases, bankruptcy fraud, real estate and construction matters, and litigation involving government entities.

  • March 23, 2017

    F-35 Program Chief Says Affordability Study Is Complete

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s F-35 Joint Program Office has completed a study of potential ways to reduce costs on the fighter jet, touched off by President Donald Trump’s criticism of the expenses, the program’s chief said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • The Latest On Statistical Sampling In FCA Cases

    Demme Doufekias

    Although the Fourth Circuit's recent Agape decision failed to provide the more definitive guidance about statistical sampling that False Claims Act practitioners on both sides were hoping for, it does offer an opportunity to look at trends emerging from recent settlements and court decisions involving sampling, say Demme Doufekias and Catherine Chapple of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

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    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Opinion

    MWI Case Shows The False Claims Act Needs A Change

    William E. Bucknam

    While the U.S. Supreme Court recently ended the 18-year MWI False Claims Act case, the company has absolutely no hope of ever recouping the millions of dollars in lost business or the significant legal fees it spent fighting what was deemed a meritless case brought by the government. The time has come for Congress to amend the FCA, say William Bucknam of MWI Corp. and Robert Rhoad of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • A Wake-Up Call For Those Claiming 'Made In USA' Products

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    The ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade in the Energizer Battery case has important implications for importers and manufacturers making "Made in USA" claims for products made of imported components, says Laura Rabinowitz of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Health Care Bankruptcy: Not An Ordinary Chapter 11 Case

    David A. Samole

    For the remainder of 2017, due in part to the current uncertainty in the health care industry and its legislative oversight, more financially distressed providers are considering Chapter 11 bankruptcy. However, health care provider Chapter 11 cases are multifaceted and include additional parties and issues compared to standard Chapter 11 cases, says David Samole of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton LLP.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.