Government Contracts

  • February 28, 2024

    Seminole Sports Gaming Compact Worth $4.4B, Report Says

    An economic research agency in Florida estimated in a recent report that a gaming compact between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that is currently pending certiorari review by the U.S. Supreme Court will garner $4.4 billion in new revenues for the state over the next six years.

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Blocks VA Support Deal Over 'Irrational' Conflict Ruling

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has blocked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from moving forward with a suicide-prevention support contract, finding that it unreasonably cut a bidder from contention based on subcontracting work on a similar deal.

  • February 28, 2024

    Energy Dept. To Give Tribes $25M For Clean Energy Tech

    The U.S. Department of Energy has said it is paying out $25 million in funds to Indigenous tribes for clean energy technology on tribal lands as part of an approximately $366 million Biden administration plan to support community-driven energy projects in rural areas.

  • February 28, 2024

    GAO Says $267M Patent Deal Failed To Meet Requirements

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office sustained an intellectual property research firm's protest of a $267 million deal to help the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office review patent applications, saying the deal's winner didn't meet a clear small business subcontracting requirement.

  • February 28, 2024

    NC Biz Court Pares Feud Over Costly City Streetcar Expansion

    The North Carolina Business Court has narrowed a general contractor's $115 million lawsuit against the city of Charlotte stemming from a streetcar line construction project, saying the city isn't immune but that a swath of claims were otherwise filed too late.

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Says Ermi Counterclaims In Qui Tam Case Can Stand

    A Georgia federal judge has refused to free Ermi LLC's former chief compliance officer from counterclaims the company lodged in response to her whistleblower suit accusing the company of fraud and retaliation, with the judge saying the company has adequately alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and contract claims.

  • February 28, 2024

    Seattle Convention Center's Virus Losses Not Covered

    A Seattle convention center operator is not owed coverage for pandemic-related business interruption losses, a Washington federal judge ruled, finding that although the governor's emergency pandemic proclamations prohibited access to the convention center, they weren't issued because of physical loss or damage to the property.

  • February 28, 2024

    Oil Co. Says It's Too Broke For Colo. Regulators' $130M Bond

    An oil and gas production company is asking a Colorado state judge to stay regulators' "exorbitant" order requiring it to pay $130 million in financial assurance on its obligation to plug and remediate oil and gas wells, arguing the company doesn't even have the cash for a $13 million installment due this month.

  • February 28, 2024

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: AI, $1.2B Submarine Upkeep

    In February, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced a deal to expand its artificial intelligence capabilities, the U.S. Navy gave a shipbuilder $1.2 billion to begin its overdue overhaul of the USS Boise, and the U.S. Defense Health Agency expanded its contractor pool for a $2.5 billion information technology deal, after being accused of unfairly evaluating bidders' proposals. These are Law360's top government contracts for February.

  • February 28, 2024

    Air Force Contractor Strikes Deal In EEOC Disability Bias Suit

    A U.S. Air Force contractor reached a deal to stave off a trial and end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging the company illegally barred workers from taking certain prescriptions, according to an Alabama federal court filing.

  • February 27, 2024

    Mohawk Nation Rejects 1796 Land Agreement, Court Told

    The Mohawk Nation says it has numerous outstanding issues regarding a proposed settlement with the state of New York over 2,000 acres of land stemming from a 1796 treaty, arguing that its concerns have yet to be addressed or considered relevant by the court or its present counsel as negotiations continue.

  • February 27, 2024

    Defense Dept. Looks To Shake Firefighting Foam MDL Claims

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday asked a South Carolina federal judge to free it from claims in sprawling multidistrict litigation that its use of forever chemical-containing firefighting foam contaminated drinking water near its facilities.

  • February 27, 2024

    New Lead Confirmed For Watchdog Office For Fed. Employees

    The U.S. Senate voted 49-47 on Tuesday night to confirm Hampton Dellinger, a former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner, to lead the federal watchdog agency charged with protecting federal employees' interests.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ga. ICE Facility Dismissed From Forced Labor Suit

    A Georgia federal judge on Tuesday allowed an immigration detention facility to escape a proposed class action accusing it of forcing detainees to work for as little as $1 per day after it argued it couldn't be sued under Georgia law.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ga. Judge Pauses $300M Bond Deadline In Monkey Farm Fight

    A Georgia federal judge on Monday suspended an imminent deadline for a $300 million bond agreement to finance the construction of a controversial primate-rearing farm amid a series of court fights over whether local officials can legally back out of the deal.

  • February 27, 2024

    Miller & Chevalier Adds CIA Gov't Contracts Counsel

    Miller & Chevalier Chtd. has hired a government contracts attorney who most recently worked as a senior counsel in the contract law division of the CIA's Office of the General Counsel, the firm announced Monday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Cybersecurity Firm Says Reseller Stiffed It To Pay Other Bills

    Cybersecurity firm Acronis Inc. is accusing a reseller of using the proceeds from the sale of its products to pay off other financial obligations and ignoring its $1.5 million debt to Acronis, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Massachusetts state court.

  • February 27, 2024

    Energy, Infrastructure Pro Rejoins V&E In Houston

    Vinson & Elkins LLP is welcoming back a longtime attorney, announcing Monday that an energy and infrastructure expert is rejoining the firm as a partner in its Houston office after a brief foray working with an energy emissions reduction software company.

  • February 26, 2024

    KBR Urges 4th Circ. To OK $8M Award Against Kuwaiti Co.

    A global engineering corporation has asked the Fourth Circuit not to overturn a lower court decision enforcing an approximately $8 million arbitral award against a Kuwaiti construction company after a dispute over Iraqi wartime contracts, saying nothing warrants upending the award.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ligado Claims Iridium Bias In $40B Spectrum Takings Case

    Ligado Networks has pushed back against Iridium Communications' bid to back the government in Ligado's $40 billion lawsuit accusing the government of unlawfully taking over a spectrum it secured exclusive licensing for, saying Iridium had ulterior motives for filing a friend-of-the-court brief.

  • February 26, 2024

    Inmate, 8 Others Charged In Trafficking, Tax Fraud Schemes

    A California prison inmate has been charged along with eight other individuals with operating two separate illegal schemes: one to distribute methamphetamine and another to fraudulently claim over $550 million in COVID-19-based tax credits.

  • February 26, 2024

    Journos Say Feds Can't Delay Contractor Demographic Data

    The Center for Investigative Reporting urged a California federal court not to allow the U.S. Department of Labor to withhold government contractor demographic reports, arguing that any further delays in disclosure would harm the public.

  • February 26, 2024

    Teva Tells 1st Circ. Feds Must Clear High Bar In FCA Case

    Teva Pharmaceuticals told the First Circuit on Monday that the federal government should be held to — and cannot meet — a strict causation standard in a False Claims Act kickback case, asking the court to settle a matter of first impression in the circuit.

  • February 26, 2024

    6th Circ. Sanctions Prison Co. For Not Disclosing Asset Info

    A Sixth Circuit panel has held a Federal Bureau of Prisons contractor in contempt for its "woefully inadequate" efforts to turn over financial records to the National Labor Relations Board as ordered, in a dispute over two fired union supporters' back pay.

  • February 26, 2024

    Feds Say Fla. Atty Can't Undo COVID Relief Fraud Conviction

    A U.S. attorney's office has pushed back on a Florida lawyer's bid to vacate her conviction in Georgia federal court of conspiring to defraud a coronavirus pandemic relief program, saying the government doesn't have to prove she was "behind the keyboard" when the applications were submitted to be convicted of the charges.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Unpacking The New Russia Sanctions And Export Controls

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    Although geographically broad new prohibitions the U.S., U.K. and EU issued last week are somewhat underwhelming in their efforts to target third-country facilitators of Russia sanctions evasion, companies with exposure to noncompliant jurisdictions should pay close attention to their potential impacts, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Args In APA Case Amplify Justices' Focus On Agency Power

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    In arguments last week in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Supreme Court justices paid particular importance to the possible ripple effects of their decision, which will address when a facial challenge to long-standing federal rules under the Administrative Procedure Act first accrues and could thus unleash a flood of new lawsuits, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

  • Mitigating Whistleblower Risks After High Court UBS Ruling

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    While it is always good practice for companies to periodically review whistleblower trainings, policies and procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent whistleblower-friendly ruling in Murray v. UBS Securities helps demonstrate their importance in reducing litigation risk, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • A Cautionary Tale On Hospital-Physician Alignment Structures

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    A $345 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Community Health Network highlights how quickly hospital and physician alignment relationships can violate legal restrictions on such dealings, and the onerous financial penalties that can ensue, say Robert Threlkeld and Elliott Coward at Morris Manning.

  • Contract Disputes Recap: The Terms Matter

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    Stephanie Magnell and Zachary Jacobson at Seyfarth examine recent decisions from the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which offer reminders about the importance of including contract terms to address the unexpected circumstances that may interfere with performance.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Opinion

    Biden Admin's March-In Plan Would Hurt Medical Innovation

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    The Biden administration's proposal to reinterpret the Bayh-Dole Act and allow the government to claw back patents when it determines that a commercialized product's price is too high would discourage private investment in important research and development, says Ken Thorpe at the Rollins School of Public Health.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • How DOD Can Improve Flexibility Under Proposed Cyber Rule

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    The U.S. Department of Defense should carefully address some of the more nuanced aspects of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program to avoid unintended consequences, specifically the proposal to severely limit contractor use of plans of actions and milestones, say Joshua Duvall at Maynard Nexsen and Sandeep Kathuria at L3Harris Technologies.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling Helps Clarify When Gov't Clawback Is Timely

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    The Federal Circuit’s examination of claims accrual in a January decision that allows the Defense Contract Management Agency to pursue overpayment claims under a cost-reimbursement contract serves as a reminder that the government can lose such claims by waiting too long to file, say Evan Sherwood and Peter Hutt at Covington.

  • Preparing For DOJ's Data Analytics Push In FCPA Cases

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    After the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent announcement that it will leverage data analytics in Foreign Corrupt Practice Act investigations and prosecutions, companies will need to develop a compliance strategy that likewise implements data analytics to get ahead of enforcement risks, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Considering The Logical Extremes Of Your Legal Argument

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    Recent oral arguments in the federal election interference case against former President Donald Trump highlighted the age-old technique of extending an argument to its logical limit — a principle that is still important for attorneys to consider in preparing their cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • How 3 New Laws Change Calif. Nonprofits' Legal Landscape

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    Legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 should be welcomed by California’s nonprofit organizations, which may now receive funding more quickly, rectify past noncompliance more easily and have greater access to the states’ security funding program, say Casey Williams and Brett Overby at Liebert Cassidy.

  • ChristianaCare Settlement Reveals FCA Pitfalls For Hospitals

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    ChristianaCare's False Claims Act settlement in December is the first one based on a hospital allegedly providing private physicians with free services in the form of hospital-employed clinicians and provides important compliance lessons as the government ramps up scrutiny of compensation arrangements, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

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