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Government Contracts

  • December 14, 2018

    Ky. High Court Reverses Appellate Panel On Sewer Contract

    A Kentucky appellate court improperly dumped the entire dispute resolution process detailed in a municipal sewer construction contract, the state’s Supreme Court said Thursday, finding that state law allows courts to selectively remove illegal contractual provisions while keeping everything else.

  • December 14, 2018

    Cable Cos. Continue Push For Conservative C-Band Clearing

    The American Cable Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to take a conservative approach in its plans to clear the C-band, saying that if not handled carefully, companies already using the band could be harmed.

  • December 14, 2018

    Amazon Allowed To Intervene In Oracle's JEDI Protest

    The Court of Federal Claims on Thursday allowed Amazon Web Services to intervene in Oracle’s protest over the U.S. Department of Defense’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing acquisition, after Amazon said it should have a chance to address conflict of interest allegations involving the company.

  • December 14, 2018

    Louis Berger Hit With OT Suit Over Post-Maria Recovery

    A Louis Berger Group Inc. unit was slapped Friday in New Jersey federal court with class claims the company improperly failed to pay overtime to workers involved in government-funded recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

  • December 14, 2018

    JFK Ground Handling Co. Settles Kickback Claims for $12.3M

    A ground services company at John F. Kennedy International Airport agreed Thursday to pay $12.3 million to settle claims it paid kickbacks for contracts with British Airways and others at Kennedy and airports across the country, according to the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

  • December 14, 2018

    Employee Of Mont. Tribe Program Pleads Guilty To Theft

    An employee of a Blackfeet Tribe early childhood health and education program overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pled guilty to stealing money through a scheme where she and others falsely claimed thousands of overtime hours they did not work, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Prison Contractors Can't Dodge Fla. Inmate's Amputation Suit

    A Florida federal court rejected bids by prison health contractors Corizon Health and Wexford Health Sources to toss a Florida inmate's suit alleging their inadequate and negligent treatment led to him suffering a heart attack and amputation of both legs, finding Thursday that he has sufficiently alleged a constitutional violation.

  • December 14, 2018

    African Workers Denied Cert. In Gov't Contractor Bias Suit

    A California federal judge on Friday tentatively denied a bid to certify a class of refugees from several East African countries who allege a government contractor discriminated against them because of their race, national origin and religion, finding their allegations to be too individualized.

  • December 14, 2018

    11th Circ. Affirms Scientists' $10.5M Fraud Convictions

    Two scientists have had their convictions for fraudulently obtaining government research grants upheld by the Eleventh Circuit, with the panel affirming the couple's respective prison sentences and the order that they must pay $10.5 million in restitution for the grants they secured through the scheme.

  • December 14, 2018

    Gov't Accuses Freight Co. Of Overcharging DOD

    The federal government has hit freight carrier YRC Freight Inc. with a False Claims Act suit, accusing it of systematically overcharging the U.S. Department of Defense by millions of dollars and trying to hide its alleged misconduct, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Farm Bill Expansion Will Speed Rural Broadband, Redl Says

    A $600 million loan and grant program tucked into the $867 billion farm bill that passed Wednesday will dedicate much-needed resources to rural broadband infrastructure, National Telecommunications and Information Administration head David Redl said Thursday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Contractor Hit With $7.3M Suit Over Unfinished Katrina Work

    Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. of America has filed a complaint in Mississippi federal court alleging a contractor owes $7.3 million after the surety company took over a $47.3 million restoration project of a pier damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

  • December 14, 2018

    The Biggest Health Care Cases Of 2018

    Health care providers, insurers and investors in 2018 cheered and jeered remarkable rulings and cases involving False Claims Act liability, billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act funding and huge sums of Medicare Advantage reimbursement. Here, Law360 recaps the year’s biggest litigation developments.

  • December 13, 2018

    Hospice Co. Accused Of Medicare Fraud Must Pay Feds $6M

    A hospice company accused of wrongly billing Medicare for unnecessary care will pay almost $6 million to clear up two cases against it, Pennsylvania federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

  • December 13, 2018

    Senate Votes To End US Involvement In Yemen War

    The U.S. Senate voted on a resolution to end aid to Saudi Arabia in its attacks in the Yemeni civil war Thursday as part of an effort to roll back cooperation between the United States and the kingdom.

  • December 13, 2018

    Agencies Need To Shore Up Cyber, IT Operations, GAO Says

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday that while the Office of Management and Budget and other agencies have taken steps to implement cybersecurity protocols and improve the management of information technology operations and acquisitions, many of its recommendations have not been followed.

  • December 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Long-Running Raytheon FCA Suit

    The Ninth Circuit has refused to revive a long-running whistleblower suit that accuses Raytheon of bilking the federal government on a satellite sensor contract, saying the relator had failed to provide sufficient information about the company’s alleged False Claims Act violations despite six attempts to do so.

  • December 13, 2018

    Tenaris, Execs Sued By Investors Over Bribery Scandal

    An investor hit steel pipe manufacturer Tenaris SA and its billionaire CEO with a proposed class action Wednesday in New York federal court following the Argentinian CEO’s indictment on bribery charges, saying the company falsely told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it upheld certain ethical commitments.

  • December 12, 2018

    Mortgage Co. Settles Loan Insurance FCA Case For $14.5M

    Finance of America Mortgage will pay $14.5 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that a predecessor company originated and underwrote deficient loans backed by federal insurance in violation of the False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • December 12, 2018

    GAO: Contractor Can't Protest Army's Additional Awardee

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Tuesday dismissed a bid protest by a Kuwaiti contractor over the award of a blanket purchase agreement for non-tactical vehicle leasing and maintenance services in Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, finding that the company was not an “interested party” in the decision.

Expert Analysis

  • DOD's New Rules Of The Road For 'Other Transactions'

    Stuart Turner

    On Dec. 3, the U.S. Department of Defense issued its broad "Other Transactions" guide for these sparsely regulated arrangements, defined in the negative as other than procurement contracts, grants or cooperative agreements. Though not mandatory, the guidance covers the waterfront of DOD's tools, providing helpful examples, definition and context, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • Health Care Providers Should Note Recent Fraud Conviction

    Bart Daniel

    A federal judge in South Carolina recently sentenced a former speech therapist to 111 months in federal prison on convictions of criminal health care fraud. Practitioners should be aware of the implications as the sentence is an unrequested and unexpected upward departure, say Bart Daniel and Elle Klein of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • How Life Sciences Cos. Can Prepare For Legal And PR Crises

    Mark Goodman

    Life sciences companies are susceptible to a wide range of crises that could expose them to legal liability and destroy their reputations. Sometimes, however, the greatest risks will come not from the facts that led to a crisis, but from the company's response, say attorneys at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • New DOD Proposal Should Improve Vendor Selection

    Eric Crusius

    The overuse of the "lowest price technically acceptable" source selection process has been widely criticized for obligating the government to select the lowest-priced vendor even when a better solution exists. The U.S. Department of Defense has proposed new rules that should severely narrow the permissible use of the LPTA process, say attorneys at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Whistleblowers May Spur More Gov't Contract Antitrust Cases

    David Caputo

    The U.S. Department of Justice's $236 million settlement last month with three South Korean companies was the largest ever for anti-competitive conduct against the U.S. government. A whistleblower’s role as the catalyst for that bid-rigging investigation may be a sign of things to come, say David Caputo and Zachary Arbitman of Youman & Caputo LLC.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • 2018 In Review: Significant White Collar Developments At DOJ

    Jason Jones

    As the year comes to a close, attorneys at King & Spalding LLP look back at a few of the most notable developments at the U.S. Department of Justice, including corporate monitor guidance, a False Claims Act policy shift, foreign exchange prosecutions, cryptocurrency fraud and international cooperation developments.