The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a multidistrict litigation ruling that KBR Inc. cannot be sued over service members’ illnesses that were allegedly caused by toxic burn pit fumes and unclean water at overseas bases, finding operational decisions were made by the military, which makes the issue a “political question” that can’t be addressed by a court.
Migrant children detained in a Texas youth facility are regularly placed on psychotropic medications without their parents’ consent and are forcibly sedated and physically abused by staff, according to affidavits filed as part of a class action alleging the government violated a 1997 settlement that set standards of care for detained immigrant children.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it had finalized a set of orders requiring Lockheed Martin Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. to do about $21 million in work largely to improve groundwater treatment at a Superfund site located in the North Hollywood, California, area.
The U.S. Senate voted down President Donald Trump’s attempt to pull back $15 billion in already authorized spending for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, car technology research and other areas Wednesday, as two key Republican senators joined Democrats to torpedo the proposal.
Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son used the once-powerful politician’s office to strong-arm businesses for illicit payments to the younger Skelos, prosecutors told a Manhattan federal jury Wednesday during opening arguments in the pair’s corruption retrial.
Lawmakers said Wednesday they had made some progress toward a deal to lift sanctions imposed on Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. after a meeting with President Donald Trump, the day after a bipartisan bill to protect the federal supply chain, prompted in part by ZTE, was introduced in the Senate.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed more bills aimed at tackling the nation's opioid crisis, including a measure allowing medical professionals to share information about patients with opioid use disorder and another providing more treatment options for addicted Medicaid recipients.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday expressed interest in widespread easing of Stark Law restrictions on physician referrals, asserting that relaxed standards will clear the way for coordinated care among different providers.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office sustained a third protest against a $192.3 million information technology services contract meant for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ruling the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had unreasonably assessed bids and ignored a material issue with the contract awardee’s bid.
A BAE Systems Inc.-led team has won a deal worth up to $1.2 billion to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with new amphibious combat vehicles, beating out an alternative design put forward by rival SAIC.
Geoffrey Starks, the next Democrat nominated to fill a Federal Communications Commission vacancy, emerged as an ardent supporter of internet subsidy programs and telemedicine initiatives Wednesday, testifying before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that he takes the FCC’s role in expanding broadband service seriously.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, raised concerns Tuesday about $81.2 million in TRICARE overpayments by the Defense Health Agency and urged the nation's defense chief to focus on ending wasteful spending at the Pentagon.
The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday that Florida-based Healogics Inc. has agreed to pay $22.51 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it knowingly billed Medicare for unnecessary treatments.
Exploratory plans for the L.A. Clippers to build an arena in the California city of Inglewood drew a lawsuit Tuesday from a citizen group that says it's illegal for the city to provide the team with a home while denying its own citizens access to that land amid a housing-affordability crisis.
Class attorneys accused UnitedHealth Group on Tuesday of “manufacturing” an appellate legal dispute and raising issues before the Delaware Supreme Court that were never argued in its failed Chancery Court challenge to a books and records demand targeting Medicare overbilling allegations.
A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge revived claims in the White Mountain Apache Tribe's suit alleging the federal government mismanaged reservation forests, saying Tuesday the tribe may be able to show that time hadn't run out for it to challenge certain actions by the government under a 2005 forest management plan.
The U.S. Senate’s nearly $716 billion version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act sets up several future fights, both with the White House over a clause to reinstate sanctions against Chinese technology company ZTE and with the House of Representatives over differences in philosophy — and funding.
A doctor accused of running a $240 million health care fraud has urged a Texas federal court to throw out charges that he prescribed unnecessary treatments, saying that many of the charges are too old and that the U.S. government deliberately delayed action to prejudice the jury against him.
President Donald Trump told Republican representatives at a meeting Tuesday evening that he would support immigration reform legislation, but the lawmakers were still left questioning how they would move forward on an immigration compromise reached last week.
The Bureau of Land Management could do a better job tracking suspended oil and gas leases on public lands to make sure there’s a good reason they aren’t being developed and generating money for the federal government, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report released Tuesday.
Federal courts across the country are handing down important rulings interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on False Claims Act liability in Universal Health Services v. Escobar. As the rulings keep pouring in, stay up to speed on Law360’s latest coverage and analysis of Escobar’s impact.
Less than two months after the U.S. government announced it was denying export privileges to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., it said that the denial order would be lifted pursuant to a new settlement with ZTE. The lessons from the ZTE saga are far from clear, but one takeaway is that enforcement actions may not always be final, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.
Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.
While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.
In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.
For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
A contract dispute between the Army Corps of Engineers and Merrick Construction illustrates the importance of proper record-keeping and documentation throughout the life of a construction project. Otherwise, potential claims may fall through the cracks, especially when a critical employee leaves the project and responsibility must be transferred to someone else, says Justin Scott of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office's Oracle decision acts as a shot across the bow to agencies exploring Other Transaction Authority agreements as alternatives to traditional contracting, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.
The House recently passed — and now the Senate is considering — the most important piece of energy and environmental legislation it will consider all year. It isn’t a revision to the Endangered Species Act or the Clean Water Act. It's the National Defense Authorization Act, say attorneys with WilmerHale.