Government Contracts

  • February 23, 2018

    Health Hires: Goodwin, Alston & Bird, Lucas & Mercanti

    So far in February, Alston & Bird LLP lost an FDA-focused attorney to Goodwin Procter LLP and gained a government contracts attorney from Dentons, and intellectual property boutique Lucas & Mercanti LLP announced the arrival of three attorneys specializing in pharma.

  • February 23, 2018

    Firm Plagiarized Puerto Rico Contract Bid, Dems Claim

    An Atlanta-based, one-person company that failed to deliver over 29 million emergency meals to Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria appears to have extensively plagiarized its winning bid to secure a $156 million food supply government contract, Democratic lawmakers said Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    Sallyport Sues 'Disgruntled' Former Workers For Defamation

    Defense contractor Sallyport Global Holdings sued two former employees for defamation in Virginia state court Friday, alleging they had deliberately lied about the company's alleged involvement in a sex trafficking ring, fraud and efforts to conceal information about security breaches as part of its support work at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq.

  • February 23, 2018

    GAO Backs Protest Over $4.8B Nuclear Waste Deal

    The U.S. Department of Energy wrongly granted a joint venture a nearly $4.8 billion contract to process nuclear waste at the agency's Savannah River Site via an untested method, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    NY Transit Manager Gets Nearly 4 Years For Taking Bribes

    A New York federal judge Friday sentenced a former Metropolitan Transit Authority construction project administrator to 46 months in prison for soliciting and receiving bribes from contractors working on New York City Transit Authority projects.

  • February 23, 2018

    Pa. Treasurer Targets 3 Banks In Lending Disparity Probe

    The Pennsylvania Treasury has announced an official inquiry into Wells Fargo, Santander Bank and PNC Financial Services over alleged racial and ethnic disparities in home mortgage lending that have been identified in a recent report from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • February 23, 2018

    US Steps Into Tricare FCA Suit Against Pharmacy, PE Owner

    The government has intervened in a False Claims Act suit accusing a Florida compounding pharmacy and its private equity fund owner of running a kickback scheme that induced Tricare to pay more than $68 million for medically unnecessary prescriptions, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    State Dept. Approves $3.2B Patriot Missile Sale To Sweden

    The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Patriot missiles to Sweden in a deal worth an estimated $3.2 billion, saying the weapons system would help ensure the security of the strategically important country.

  • February 23, 2018

    Arbitrators Reject $460M Jordan Water Pipeline Row

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration on Thursday rejected Disi Water Co.'s $460 million claim against the nation of Jordan over a deal to construct a massive pipeline to move water to the country's parched capital, instead awarding Jordan damages and legal fees, a government official said.

  • February 23, 2018

    Wilson Sonsini Adds Ex-Skadden National Security Pro In DC

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC on Thursday announced it has brought aboard a former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP associate for the firm's national security regulatory practice in Washington, D.C.

  • February 22, 2018

    Senate Budget Chief Urges DOD To Show Audit Progress

    Congress could hold back on proposed growth in the U.S Department of Defense’s budget if it doesn’t assure lawmakers and the public that it is spending money wisely, including by demonstrating its progress on a pending department-wide audit, a senior GOP senator said Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Judge Mulls Tossing Extortion Counts Against Ex-Cuomo Aide

    The Manhattan federal judge overseeing Joe Percoco's criminal corruption trial strongly hinted Thursday that she is considering dismissing extortion counts against the former “right-hand man” to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused along with three businessmen in two bribery schemes.

  • February 22, 2018

    Insurers Fire Back At Bank's Bid For 6th Circ. Revival

    Eight insurers have told the Sixth Circuit that not only did they rightfully refuse to pay $75 million toward a $212 million settlement First Horizon National Corp. reached with regulators, but that the appeals court should revive their bad faith and breach of settlement claims against the bank.

  • February 22, 2018

    4th Circ. Resurrects Medical Device Co. Investor Suit

    A split Fourth Circuit panel on Thursday revived a stock fraud suit stemming from accusations that the maker of a spinal surgery system encouraged surgeons using its system to seek fraudulent reimbursement from insurers, finding in part that the company’s alleged failure to disclose the purported scheme counted as an actionable omission.

  • February 22, 2018

    Djibouti Hit With New Arbitration Over Nixed Port Deal

    Major port terminal operator DP World said Thursday it's initiated a new arbitration proceeding against Djibouti after the East African nation seized control of Doraleh Container Terminal, a deep sea port that DP World had operated for more than a decade under a concession agreement with that country.

  • February 22, 2018

    GAO Waves Off Air Force Contractor's Bad Financial Report

    The allegation that the U.S. Air Force ignored a contractor's adverse financial rating does not involve the sort of corporate responsibility issue that merits review, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recently said in denying a protest over a $105.6 million cyber defense deal.

  • February 22, 2018

    DOJ Health Fraud Vet Joins Crowell & Moring

    A seasoned U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor specializing in health care fraud has joined Crowell & Moring LLP as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Thursday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Miami Medicare Conspirator Gets 5 Years For $63M Scheme

    A Florida resident has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $9.9 million in restitution for his role in a $63 million health care fraud scheme in which he received kickbacks for referring Medicare patients to a community mental health center, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Ex-Nassau County Official Charged With Lying, Obstruction

    A former New York assemblyman and deputy executive in Nassau County stands accused of trying to stymie an investigation into cash he got from a county contractor, New York federal prosecutors announced as charges were unsealed on Thursday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Crowell & Moring Adds Ex-DOJ Gov’t Contracts Trial Atty

    A former Covington & Burling LLP and U.S. Department of Justice attorney, who has successfully defended a $1 billion contract on behalf of PAE Government Services Inc. before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, has joined Crowell & Moring LLP’s government contracts group.

Expert Analysis

  • Nontraditional Health Care Programs Under The Microscope

    Paul Cirel

    Sponsored health care programs have expanded the scope of available services to include "providers" who do not offer direct medical care, but who facilitate or coordinate the provision of services by physicians and other more traditional caregivers. Difficulties in determining how to monitor these newer provider types may have kept them off the government's fraud and abuse radar for a while, but not anymore, says Paul Cirel of Todd & Weld LLP.

  • A New Weapon To Help FDA Control Enforcement Priorities

    Peter Leininger

    Last month, an internal U.S. Department of Justice memorandum surfaced suggesting that the DOJ may increase its efforts to dismiss meritless qui tams. No agency would welcome this more than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has struggled to deal with endless False Claims Act investigations, says Peter Leininger of King & Spalding LLP.

  • 10 Government Contracting Trends To Watch This Year

    Joseph Berger

    Recent developments point to continued high total spending on government contracts, which will improve national defense, disaster relief and domestic infrastructure, presenting opportunities and challenges for both agencies and contractors, says Joseph Berger of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • 3 Mass. Proposals Signal A New Wave Of Offshore Wind

    Tommy Beaudreau

    After the recent submission of three bids in response to Massachusetts electric distribution companies' request for proposals for offshore wind energy projects, the stage is set for 2018 to be a breakthrough year in U.S. offshore wind development, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • High Court May Consider Ending Hypothetical Jurisdiction

    William Adams

    A little-discussed petition for certiorari — Vitol v. Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico — presents the important question of whether a lower federal court may resolve a case on the merits without determining whether Congress has granted it jurisdiction to do so. This implicates weighty issues concerning separation of powers, federalism and preclusion, say William Adams and Owen Roberts of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • Emerging Trends In FCA Enforcement: 2018 Outlook

    Vince Farhat

    Two new policies from the U.S. Department of Justice, along with ongoing developments concerning the elements of scienter and materiality stemming from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Escobar, have the potential to significantly change the landscape of False Claims Act enforcement in the year ahead, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.