Government Contracts

  • June 01, 2020

    DOD Bars Contractors From Using Russian Energy At Bases

    The U.S. Department of Defense barred federal contractors from using Russian-sourced energy to power American operating bases in Europe, in an attempt to shield the military installations from the "potential risk" of depending on Russian power.

  • June 01, 2020

    Feds Sue Contractor For False Claims On NJ Turnpike Project

    The U.S. government has sued a construction company and accused it of violating the False Claims Act by claiming to work with businesses run by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals during its time as a subcontractor on a New Jersey Turnpike project.

  • May 31, 2020

    Federal Officer Shot Dead At Oakland Court As Protests Raged

    A Federal Protective Service contract security officer guarding the district courthouse in Oakland, California, was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday night, and another was critically injured as thousands of protesters marched along downtown city streets.

  • May 29, 2020

    Dems Ask Pentagon How It's Spending $10.6B In Virus Funds

    Democratic lawmakers called on the U.S. Department of Defense to detail how it is spending $10.6 billion in taxpayer dollars provided for efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 and questioned why only 23% of the funds had been spent so far.

  • May 29, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Says Email Exchange Supports Deal Extension

    The Federal Circuit on Friday refused to revive a contractor's challenge to a one-year extension to an unprofitable terminal services agreement, saying a government email was sufficient to trigger a contract extension provision.

  • May 29, 2020

    5th Circ. Won't Revive $61.8M FCA Suit Over Medicare Coding

    The Fifth Circuit has affirmed a lower court's nixing of a $61.8 million False Claims Act suit alleging Baylor Scott & White Health overbilled Medicare over seven years, ruling Thursday that the relator's own complaint indicates that the health care system's practices were simply ahead of the curve.

  • May 29, 2020

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Virus, Space And Google Deals

    The federal government looked to the future in May, injecting $1.2 billion into AstraZeneca's candidate COVID-19 vaccine and infusing billions into the U.S.'s space-bound ambitions. Other megadeals include remediation of a nuclear site and Google's partnership with the Pentagon.

  • May 29, 2020

    Coronavirus Q&A: Foley & Lardner's Health Practice Chair

    In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, one of Foley & Lardner LLP's top health lawyers discusses how the pandemic's psychological trauma could reshape mental health care and what COVID-19's brutal toll on senior citizens means for nursing home operations and investments.

  • May 28, 2020

    Prison Phone Co. To Pay Up To $25M To End Inmate Call Suit

    A prison technology company has agreed to a deal worth up to $25 million in cash and phone credits to end allegations it overcharged for inmate calling services, the class said Thursday in asking a New Jersey federal court for preliminary approval of the settlement.

  • May 28, 2020

    NJ Court Challenged Over Prolonged Sealing Of FCA Cases

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the New Jersey federal court are "eviscerating" the transparency of the judiciary by indefinitely taking whistleblower cases off the public record, a medical device maker said in a Thursday suit.

  • May 28, 2020

    Watchdog Wants Gov't Whistleblowers To Report Work Status

    The Office of the Special Counsel should require federal employees to report whether they're probationary on their whistleblower complaints so that the government can ensure they aren't being fired based on their status, according to a watchdog report released Thursday.

  • May 28, 2020

    Feds Can't Yet Overturn Seattle Airport Deportation Flight Ban

    A Washington federal judge rejected the Trump administration's bid to overturn a King County executive order banning deportation flights from a Seattle airport, saying more information is needed before making a decision on the order's legality.

  • May 28, 2020

    Dems Seek Info On Possibly Unsuitable PPE Sent To Navajo

    Democratic lawmakers from New Mexico and Arizona seek answers from the U.S. Indian Health Service about potentially substandard personal protective equipment distributed to Navajo Nation hospitals through a $3 million contract with a former White House aide.

  • May 28, 2020

    Dems Press Pompeo For Info On Russian Ventilator Purchase

    Top House Democrats were alarmed Thursday by the possibility that the Trump administration skirted a sanctions order against a Russian company to obtain faulty ventilators from Moscow, demanding in a letter that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turn over information on the purchase.

  • May 27, 2020

    1st Circ. Affirms Win For Educator In Suit Over Saudi Contract

    A First Circuit panel affirmed a win for online teaching group Fullbridge in a case stemming from whether the business misled investors by saying it had secured a $40 million Saudi Arabian government contract.

  • May 27, 2020

    Bipartisan Bill Proposes $100B In New Tech Funding

    House and Senate lawmakers on both sides of the aisle proposed $100 billion in new funding to boost U.S. science and technology research under a bill called the Endless Frontier Act unveiled Wednesday.

  • May 27, 2020

    Nonprofit Battelle Says Ex-Employee's FCA Suit Is Hollow

    The Ohio research nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute is looking to shut down a former employee's lawsuit claiming he was fired because he sounded the alarm over misuse of government funding, as Battelle said the staffer's unease with a contract does not add up to fraud.

  • May 27, 2020

    Latham Cut From $33B Deal Suit After Repping Rival Bidders

    Latham & Watkins LLP was booted from a $33 billion lawsuit because it had "unfettered access" to information crucial to a defense contractor's claims that the government favored a competitor with a spotty record for a defense deal, according to an unsealed opinion.

  • May 27, 2020

    Private Prison Co. Sues Netflix For Using Logo In 'Messiah'

    Private prison operator GEO Group Inc. accused Netflix of trademark infringement and defamation for using its logo in the fictional TV series "Messiah," which portrays immigrants detained in overcrowded cages, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Florida federal court.

  • May 27, 2020

    Gov't Can't Get Early Win In Army Design-Build Contract Fight

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Tuesday denied the government's bid for an early win in a dispute over a design-build contract for the construction of a metal storage warehouse and related site work at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts.

  • May 26, 2020

    3 Highlights As HHS Watchdog Voices Concern On Meddling

    The watchdog for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warned House lawmakers Tuesday against threats to the independence of inspectors general, and the former leader of the HHS Office of Inspector General defended his successor's investigative work on COVID-19 in an exclusive interview with Law360. Here are three highlights.

  • May 26, 2020

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Oakland's Coal Shipping Ban

    The Ninth Circuit ruled on Tuesday that Oakland, California, may not ban a cargo shipping terminal developer's proposed coal operations based on claims they would pose a substantial health or safety risk.

  • May 26, 2020

    4th Circ. Says Senior Care Center Owed Coverage Of FCA Suit

    A split Fourth Circuit panel ruled Tuesday that StarStone Specialty Insurance Co. must cover a North Carolina nursing home operator's costs to successfully defend against a $60 million False Claims Act lawsuit alleging it engaged in billing fraud, reversing a North Carolina federal judge's order.

  • May 26, 2020

    Man Charged With Conning NYC In $45M Face Mask Scheme

    A New Jersey used car salesman has been arrested and charged with running a $45 million scheme at the height of the fight against COVID-19, attempting to sell price-gouged N95 face masks to New York City, an order he had no way of fulfilling, prosecutors said Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • May 26, 2020

    Ex-DOD Watchdog Head Resigns After Trump Demotes Him

    The Pentagon's former top watchdog announced his resignation on Tuesday, a little more than a month after President Donald Trump demoted him from his position as acting U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Pandemic Elevates Cos.' Compliance Risks In Latin America

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    While Latin American governments respond to pandemic-related financial needs, multinational companies face elevated compliance risks from increased interaction with government officials, and new enforcement policies related to the misappropriation of funds, expedited government contracting, increased transparency and monitoring, and international cooperation, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Risk Management Concepts For Public-Private Crisis Projects

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    As businesses new to public-private partnerships consider coronavirus-related disaster relief contracts, there are a number of issues general counsel and chief risk officers for these companies should consider that need not be a serious burden on operations, says Jordan Strauss at Kroll.

  • Justices' SEC Disgorgement Ruling May Shape FCPA Matters

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming opinion in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may call into question when Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements should be subject to disgorgement, say Matthew Rutter and Neal Hochberg at Charles River Associates.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • Opinion

    COVID-19 Relief Should Include Federal Infrastructure Bill

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    To create jobs and address the country's $4.5 trillion infrastructure backlog, the federal government should enact coronavirus relief directed at infrastructure investment, leveraged by the allocation of funds for public-private partnerships, say Andrej Micovic and Eric Singer at Bilzin Sumberg.

  • Human Rights Are Becoming A Compliance Issue

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    A recent commitment from the European Union's commissioner for justice to introduce rules for mandatory corporate human rights due diligence next year may signal the arrival of this issue as a global business imperative, making it as fundamental as anti-corruption diligence, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Lessons On Trade Secret Claims From Possessor, Not Owner

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    The Third Circuit's recent trade secrets decision in Advanced Fluid Systems v. Huber is particularly important for companies in relationships whereby vendors create, use or apply confidential information and trade secrets to develop solutions or manufacture products for other entities pursuant to a contract, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

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