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Government Contracts

  • August 17, 2018

    Lincare Inks $5M FCA Kickbacks Deal Over Waived Copays

    Oxygen therapy giant Lincare Inc. will pay $5.25 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that it flouted the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks in the form of waived copayments owed by Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced.

  • August 17, 2018

    2nd Circ. Finds No Bias In Erie Project Contractor Termination

    The Second Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit over the termination a female contractor’s involvement in a harbor construction project in Buffalo, saying she failed to prove the decision to pull the contract was part of a gender-based conspiracy orchestrated by Empire State Development Corp. and others associated with the project, including a law firm.

  • August 17, 2018

    Boeing Dumping Deadly Chemicals In Wash. River, Suit Says

    A pair of nonprofit environmental groups asked a Washington federal judge Thursday to stop Boeing from dumping cancer-causing pollutants from its aircraft storage site in Tukwila, Washington, into a local river, accusing the company of violating the Clean Water Act.

  • August 17, 2018

    SAP Unit To Develop New Business Travel System For DOD

    The U.S. Department of Defense will work with SAP's Concur unit on a prototype system intended to replace its current "aging and inefficient" travel system and cut down on the billions of dollars and millions of hours the department spends on arranging business travel each year, the DOD announced Thursday.

  • August 17, 2018

    Insurance Co. Must Cover Contractor In Sports Complex Row

    A Texas federal judge has ordered Mt. Hawley Insurance Co. to cover a contractor in a lawsuit alleging a breach of contract in the construction of a sports complex, ruling that the policy's exclusions don't free the insurer because a subcontractor may be responsible for the alleged damage.

  • August 17, 2018

    Aviation Co. Gets Emergency Award OK'd In Contract Row

    A Texas federal judge has confirmed an emergency arbitration award for multinational aviation company Starlite Investments Ireland Ltd. stemming from a dispute with a Fort Worth-based helicopter manufacturer relating to a U.S. government contract for military operations in Afghanistan, saying the court has the authority to do so.

  • August 16, 2018

    Judge Won't Rethink Trim Of Foreclosure Services FCA Case

    A New York federal judge is standing by his decision to pare down False Claims Act litigation alleging that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the government were overcharged for foreclosure services, rejecting a relator’s bid for a shot at bringing Bank of America, Wells Fargo and several other mortgage servicers back into the case.

  • August 16, 2018

    Will Law Schools Start Counting ‘Generation ADA’?

    No one is tracking law students with disabilities to see where the education system may be failing them, but some advocates are working to change this dynamic and build a better pipeline.

  • August 16, 2018

    White House Objects To Parts Of $675B Defense Bill

    The White House is pushing back against parts of the U.S. Senate's $675 billion defense spending bill for fiscal 2019, urging lawmakers to drop funding for one of two budgeted Littoral Combat Ships, and to restore funding for satellite, background check and counterterrorism programs.

  • August 16, 2018

    Boeing Must Face Bankrupt Aircraft Co.'s $100M Suit

    An Alabama federal judge has denied Alabama Aircraft Industries a quick win in its $100 million suit alleging Boeing put it out of business by pushing it out of a $1.2 billion U.S. Air Force contract, but also refused to clear the aerospace giant of the accusation, saying a jury will have to weigh the facts. 

  • August 16, 2018

    NJ College Aims To Toss Suit Over No-Bid Vending Contract

    Kean University urged a New Jersey state court Thursday to toss a lawsuit from its former longtime vending machine provider over claims the public college unlawfully awarded a no-bid contract to a rival company as part of a kickback scheme, saying the school properly received a waiver from a public bidding requirement.

  • August 16, 2018

    DC Appeals Court Ends FCA Suit Against Verizon, Comcast

    A D.C. appellate panel on Thursday backed a trial court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit against Verizon, Comcast, MCI Worldcom and several other telecommunications companies that accused the companies of failing to pay more than $29 million in emergency 911 taxes.

  • August 16, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Allergan Medicaid Rebate Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday refused to revive a pharmaceutical executive's suit claiming Allergan Inc. and other drug manufacturers shorted the federal government on drug rebate payments, finding the companies did not knowingly violate any laws.

  • August 16, 2018

    USDA Must Face Tribe Member's Contract Suit: Fed. Circ.

    A Federal Circuit panel on Thursday revived a Sioux tribe member’s suit alleging the U.S. Department of Agriculture breached a settlement agreement it reached with Native American farmers over its farm loan program, saying the terms of the settlement don't prevent additional suits from being filed in court.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 15, 2018

    Lockheed Wins $3B Air Force Satellite Prototyping Deal

    The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a deal worth up to $2.93 billion to help develop new missile warning satellites, the second major Air Force contract awarded to the defense giant this week under recently granted rapid protoyping authority.

  • August 15, 2018

    Kaspersky Presses DC Circ. To Overturn Gov't Software Ban

    Kaspersky Labs Inc. continued to urge the D.C. Circuit to reverse a bar on federal agencies using its software, reiterating its claim that the ban is an unconstitutional "bill of attainder" that illegally punishes the Russian company and hurts its ability to do business.

  • August 15, 2018

    House Dems Lose Bid For GSA Trump Hotel Docs

    A D.C. federal judge dismissed a suit brought by members of the House Oversight Committee against the U.S. General Services Administration over withholding documents related to the Trump Organization’s contentious hotel lease for the Old Post Office building in Washington, D.C.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-Contractor Says 63 Months Appropriate For Classified Leak

    A former government contractor who pled guilty to leaking national defense information to an online media outlet told a Georgia federal court Wednesday that the five years and three months she agreed to serve is an appropriate punishment for her misdeeds, but not more than necessary.

  • August 15, 2018

    Pratt & Whitney Hit With Defective Military Engine FCA Suit

    Pratt & Whitney and its parent United Technologies Corp. sold the U.S. military tens of millions of dollars in defective fighter jet engines, unnecessarily exposing military pilots to the risk of catastrophic engine failures, according to a whistleblower False Claims Act complaint unsealed Wednesday in Connecticut federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • DOJ Focuses FCA Priorities On Small Business Contracts

    Cormac Connor

    False Claims Act investigations related to small business certifications are nothing new. However, the U.S. Department of Justice under the current administration has prioritized Small Business Administration-related FCA investigations, say attorneys with Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Top 5 NDAA Provisions On Energy And The Environment

    Rachel Jacobson

    On Monday, President Donald Trump will sign the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Buried deep within these acts are often-overlooked provisions that have a major impact on energy, environment and natural resources policy, say Rachel Jacobson and Matthew Ferraro of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.