Government Contracts

  • April 20, 2018

    Orbital ATK Ordered To Fork Over Docs In Securities Suit

    A Virginia magistrate judge has given Orbital ATK Inc. until May 1 to produce all of the documents that shareholders accused the company of withholding during discovery for their suit claiming they were misled by Orbital about losses incurred on a $2.3 billion U.S. Army ammunition deal.

  • April 20, 2018

    Janssen Escapes Whistleblower Suit Over Off-Label Opiods

    A California federal judge Thursday nixed a False Claims Act suit accusing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical NV of using unlawful marketing practices to boost off-label sales of its opioid prescription drugs, saying a change of the pseudonym for the whistleblower who filed the suit violated the FCA’s first-to-file doctrine.

  • April 20, 2018

    Ex-Worker's Age Claim Not Nixed By ERISA, Fla. Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge on Friday kept alive a former Nexagen Networks Inc. employee’s suit accusing the company of firing him to dodge health care costs and replacing him with a younger worker, saying his state-law age discrimination claim isn’t preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • April 20, 2018

    Navy Sec. Seeks Way To Keep Adversaries Out Of DOD Deals

    Navy Secretary Richard Spencer at a Senate panel hearing Thursday called on the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an algorithm to detect and prevent instances of adversaries accessing sensitive information through contracts, pointing to a close call involving Chinese telecommunication equipment company Huawei Technologies.

  • April 20, 2018

    GAO Says Challenge To Bid Process On $17B IT Deal Too Late

    The Government Accountability Office shut down a protest from government contractor Planned Systems International after it unsuccessfully bid on a $17.5 billion Department of Defense IT services contract Friday, ruling it cannot protest the terms of the solicitation after the fact.

  • April 20, 2018

    Whistleblower Claim Window Would Quadruple In Pa. Bill

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker introduced a bill Thursday that would quadruple the window for claims brought under the state’s whistleblower law and allow for punitive damage awards to workers.

  • April 20, 2018

    DOD Stresses Contentious JEDI Deal Not Locked For Decade

    A U.S. Department of Defense official continued to defend the DOD’s plan to choose only one vendor for its contentious pending Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract Thursday, while seeking to clarify that the department can revisit its choice of vendor after two years and won’t be locked in for a decade.

  • April 20, 2018

    Will High Court Ever End Circuit Split Over FCA Pleading?

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s latest refusal to tackle the enduring and highly consequential circuit split over how precisely False Claims Act suits must be pled has left lawyers wondering whether justices will wade into the legal morass anytime soon.

  • April 20, 2018

    Morris Manning & Martin Launches Gov't Contracts Practice

    Morris Manning & Martin LLP has launched a Washington, D.C.-based government contracts practice group led by a former partner at Cohen Mohr LLP and bolstered its D.C. office with another 10 attorneys working in five different practice areas, the firm announced this week.

  • April 20, 2018

    Pa. Court Won't Derail State's Medical Marijuana Program

    A Pennsylvania court agreed on Friday that a company that lost out on a potentially lucrative cannabis dispensary permit needed to exhaust administrative remedies before it could file suit challenging the constitutionality of the application process for the state’s new medical marijuana program.

  • April 19, 2018

    NJ Panel Revives Claims Against Cos. In Turnpike Death Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday revived claims in a wrongful death suit over a fatal accident during a New Jersey Turnpike resurfacing project amid a dispute over the role of an engineer at the time and whether negligence claims can be asserted against two contractors.

  • April 19, 2018

    9 Cos. Indicted For NYC Water Contracts Bribery Plot

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance indicted nine construction management companies and a dozen people Wednesday for an alleged bribery scheme that gave the businesses an unfair edge on more than $177 million in New York City water infrastructure deals.

  • April 19, 2018

    Gov't-Wide Report Finds Funding, Ethical Issues And More

    On top of worker and funding issues that have stretched government agencies thin, a government-wide inspector general report released Wednesday found ethical lapses, oversight problems and low morale.

  • April 19, 2018

    Texas Atty Gets 10 Years For $26M Workers' Comp Fraud

    A Dallas-area attorney was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday following his admission to a scam under which he fraudulently obtained more than $26 million from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.

  • April 19, 2018

    Lockheed Wins $928M DOD Hypersonic Weapon Deal

    Lockheed Martin Corp. has been awarded an up to $928 million contract to develop and supply a hypersonic cruise missile, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Wednesday, shortly after a DOD official warned the U.S. was falling behind China in developing hypersonic technology.

  • April 19, 2018

    Audit Doesn't Bar Best Buy FCA Suit, Appeals Court Says

    An Illinois appeals court has revived a False Claims Act suit against Best Buy, finding that the state Department of Revenue’s initiation of an audit of the store's sales tax calculation practices did not bar a qui tam complaint.

  • April 19, 2018

    Senate Confirms Trump's NASA Administrator Pick

    President Donald Trump’s choice to head NASA has cleared the Senate on a razor-thin margin Thursday after months of delays over concerns about the nominee’s lack of scientific credentials.

  • April 19, 2018

    Lance Armstrong Pays $5M To Settle USPS Fraud Case

    Disgraced U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong said Thursday he has agreed to a $5 million settlement to end the long-running False Claims Act lawsuit by his former cycling teammate Floyd Landis and the U.S. Postal Service alleging he had defrauded the government by collecting millions of dollars while lying about doping.

  • April 19, 2018

    White House Releases New Arms, Drone Export Policy

    The White House on Thursday unveiled a broad plan to overhaul U.S. arms export rules, meant to better align policy with national and economic security interests, make the export process more streamlined and predictable, and open up more drone exports.

  • April 18, 2018

    Boeing To Get $51M From Gov't For Enviro Cleanup Costs

    The federal government has agreed to pay Boeing $51 million to settle claims related to costs for remediating a Seattle-area manufacturing site that the company claimed was contaminated by work done for the military beginning during World War II, the parties jointly announced Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Update For Gov't Contractors On Settled Suit Cost Recovery

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    Since the Federal Circuit's 2009 decision in Geren v. Tecom, the allowability of government contractor settlement costs incurred in just about any type of third-party lawsuit has been unclear. But this month the U.S. Court of Federal Claims had the opportunity to analyze the Tecom standard in Bechtel v. U.S., say Steven Masiello and Tyler Thomas of Dentons.

  • When To Accept ADR For Defense Contractor Reprisal Cases

    Lynne Halbrooks

    While participation in the new alternative dispute resolution program for reprisal cases in the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General may seem unnecessary, it is still worth considering, says Lynne Halbrooks, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP and former acting inspector general of the DOD.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Courts Remain Skeptical Of FCA Statistical Arguments

    Robert Rhoad

    A Massachusetts federal court's ruling in U.S. v. Massachusetts General Hospital highlights courts’ continued skepticism about using statistics and other evidence to establish liability under the False Claims Act. The decision is particularly important since it comes from a jurisdiction where the FCA’s pleading standards are relaxed, say attorneys with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.