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Government Contracts

  • June 21, 2018

    KBR Toxic Burn Pit Claims Are Political Issue, 4th Circ. Says

    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.

  • June 21, 2018

    Immigrant Kids Are Forcibly Medicated At Shelters, Suit Says

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    EPA Tells Lockheed, Honeywell To Do $21M In Superfund Work

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    Senate Fails To Pass $15B In Cuts To CHIP, Car Tech Funding

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    Jury Told Of Business Shakedowns By NY Senate Leader, Son

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    Trump, Lawmakers Make Limited Progress On ZTE Deal

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    House Passes Bills On Opioid Patient Info Sharing, Treatment

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    CMS Eyes Broad Easing Of Stark Law Restrictions

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    GAO Again Slams Assessments On $192M DHS IT Contract

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    BAE Wins $1.2B Marine Corps Amphibious Vehicle Deal

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    FCC Nominee Starks Says He'll Focus On Telemedicine

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    Sen. Grassley Wants Action On Wasteful Spending At DOD

    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.

  • June 20, 2018

    Wound Care Center Operator Pays $22.5M To Settle FCA Suit

    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.

  • June 19, 2018

    LA Suburb Sued Over Clippers Arena Exploratory Plans

    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.

  • June 19, 2018

    Del. Class Slams UnitedHealth's Appeal On Books Access

    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.

  • June 19, 2018

    Apache Tribe's Forest Mismanagement Claims Revived

    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.

  • June 19, 2018

    $716B Senate Defense Bill Sets Up Clash With White House

    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.

  • June 19, 2018

    Texas Doc Accused Of $240M Fraud Says Charges Too Old

    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.

  • June 19, 2018

    Trump Backs House Immigration Reform Bills

    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.

  • June 19, 2018

    BLM Should Keep Tabs On Paused Oil, Gas Leases, Says GAO

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Trade Lessons From The ZTE Saga

    Erin Baldwin

    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.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    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.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    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.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    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.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    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.

  • Contractors Must Look For Potential Claims Before Payment

    Justin Scott

    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.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    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.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    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.

  • GAO Will Police 'Other Transaction Authority' Awards

    Ronald Lee

    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.

  • Congress’ Overlooked Environmental Legislation

    Rachel Jacobson

    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.