Government Contracts

  • September 22, 2017

    Elbit Accuses Ex-Employee, Competitor Of Trade Secrets Theft

    A maker of helmet-mounted display systems used by military pilots told a Chicago federal judge Thursday that a former employee stole trade secrets for a competitor and used them to wrench away a lucrative foreign military contract.

  • September 22, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Hogan, Skadden

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, government contractor Northrop Grumman agrees to pay $7.8 billion for Orbital ATK, Teva sells off the remainder of its women’s health assets for $1.4 billion, and an affiliate of private equity firm H.I.G. Capital buys Vantage Specialty Chemicals for approximately $1 billion.

  • September 22, 2017

    Pa. Mayor's Corruption Trial To Be Held In Allentown

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday picked Allentown, Pennsylvania, over Philadelphia as the place to hold the corruption trial of the mayor of Allentown and a Norris McLaughlin attorney, saying that the trial was a matter of public interest to the people of Allentown.

  • September 22, 2017

    Inspector General To Review Price's Use Of Private Jets

    The liberal use of chartered jets by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price at taxpayer expense has drawn the attention of HHS’ Office of Inspector General, which confirmed Friday to Law360 it has initiated a review of Price’s travel habits.

  • September 22, 2017

    West Bengal Gov't Can't Set Aside Award To Mauritius Co.

    The Calcutta High Court has declined to set aside a 2016 arbitration award to a Mauritius petrochemical company following a dispute with the West Bengal government over a share transfer agreement, saying it lacks jurisdiction because the award was issued by a Paris-seated tribunal.

  • September 22, 2017

    DOL 'Antagonistic' Toward Contractors, Chamber Says

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has abdicated its core mission of ensuring federal contractors give all workers equal employment opportunities in favor of “garnering splashy headlines and securing high-dollar settlements,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce charged in a report Thursday.

  • September 22, 2017

    Ex-Water Agency Head Gets 8 Years In Kickback Scheme

    The former executive director of a defunct Newark, New Jersey, water agency was slapped Friday with a more-than-eight-year prison term for her role in a roughly $1 million kickback scheme, with a New Jersey federal judge finding that her conduct was driven by more than a gambling addiction cited by defense counsel.

  • September 22, 2017

    Filipino High Court Won't Overturn Order In E-Passport Row

    The Philippines' highest court has dismissed a bid by the country's Department of Foreign Affairs to overturn an arbitral tribunal's decision allowing a company challenging the DFA's termination of an e-passport project to seek an additional $6 million in damages, saying it lacks jurisdiction.

  • September 22, 2017

    Ghana Can't Escape $13.4M Award, British Energy Co. Says

    A British energy firm and its Ghanaian subsidiary on Thursday urged a D.C. federal judge to prevent Ghana from escaping a $13.35 million arbitral award issued against it under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, arguing that the country’s objection to a routine procedure is a blatant delay tactic.

  • September 22, 2017

    Symantec Warns US To Devise Custom Security Software

    A major security software company says that the United States' cyber adversaries have an unexpected ally in their efforts to hack into the country’s critical agencies: the U.S.

  • September 22, 2017

    General Dynamics Nabs $5B Navy Missile Sub Contract

    The Navy has awarded a $5 billion contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. to design the Navy’s next generation of nuclear ballistic missile submarines, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Lawmakers Bash GAO Report Clearing $418M Aircraft Deal

    A pair of House Republicans are dissatisfied with a Government Accountability Office report that found a $418 million sole-source contract to supply surveillance aircraft to Kenya was aboveboard, according to media reports.

  • September 21, 2017

    $70B Not Enough To Make Afghan Military Self-Sufficient

    Despite the U.S. spending $70 billion on security training, the Afghan military is still a long way from being self-sufficient, the chief watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction said Thursday, pointing to issues such as poor preparation and politically set deadlines for readiness.

  • September 21, 2017

    Former Army Sec. Tapped To Head Aerospace Trade Group

    The Aerospace Industries Association has named former Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning to serve as the association’s president and chief executive officer.

  • September 21, 2017

    Navy To Ask Congress For $600M After Deadly Ship Crashes

     The U.S. Navy will have to ask Congress for more than $600 million to fund repairs to two destroyers after a pair of deadly collisions, as the repairs are not within its usual budget, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said Wednesday.

  • September 21, 2017

    What The DOJ's Elite Health Fraud Squads Are Watching

    Summer has wound down at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, where some of the nation’s most elite health fraud prosecutors have been plotting their next moves since announcing a $465 million settlement with Mylan over EpiPen rebate shenanigans. Now, in an interview with Law360, they’re making clear that more shoes will drop on the drug pricing front.

  • September 21, 2017

    J&J Unit Must Face Whistleblower's Retaliation Case

    A Massachusetts magistrate judge on Wednesday kept alive a former sales representative’s allegations that Acclarent Inc. fired her for questioning the company’s purported submission of false claims to the government, but tossed allegations against parent companies Ethicon Inc. and Johnson & Johnson.

  • September 20, 2017

    Pa. Contractor To Pay $3.5M Over FAA Building Fire In NJ

    A Pennsylvania-based contractor has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the U.S. government to resolve a New Jersey federal court action alleging that the business caused a 2012 fire at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Atlantic City, authorities announced Tuesday.

  • September 20, 2017

    Data Theft Not Enough To Keep OPM Breach Suit, Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday nixed multidistrict litigation brought against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions in the wake of a massive data breach that compromised personal data belonging to 21.5 million current, former and prospective government employees, ruling that the theft of data alone was not enough to establish standing.

  • September 20, 2017

    Ex-Raytheon Engineer's Wrongful Termination Heads To Trial

    A former engineer for Raytheon Co. told a California federal jury Wednesday that the defense contractor fired him from his six-figure job as retaliation for blowing the whistle about alleged "timecard fraud" on government jobs.

Expert Analysis

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • History Shows Infrastructure Plans Need Better Oversight

    Robert Epstein

    History offers many examples of public construction projects marred by cost overruns, delays and catastrophic failures. As major new infrastructure plans are contemplated, government oversight of public works projects must improve, say Robert Epstein and Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • When A SOX Whistleblower Claim Applies Extraterritorially

     Matthew LaGarde

    The recent decision from the U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board in Blanchard v. Exelis Systems is important because it makes clear that, so long as the misconduct reported by the employee affects the United States in “some significant way,” the Sarbanes-Oxley Act will apply extraterritorially, says Matthew LaGarde of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • 5 Ways To Fix The False Claims Act

    Krista Cooley

    In the mortgage industry, allegations abound that the U.S. Department of Justice has abused its power by cajoling and pressuring False Claims Act settlements with questionable legal foundation on the bet that few want to be sued by the federal government. Lenders may be more willing to sue and be sued by the government if the FCA more clearly defined what constitutes a violation, say Krista Cooley and Laurence Platt of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Opinion

    Congress Must Do More To Speed Up DOD Cyber Acquisitions

    Daniel Schoeni

    The slow pace of cyber acquisitions constitutes a significant vulnerability. Congress has relieved some of the U.S. Department of Defense's regulatory burden in the past two years, but the streamlining efforts do not go nearly far enough to deter our enemies, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Can I Protest Additional IDIQ Awards? Depends Who You Ask

    Aron Beezley

    Most seasoned bid protest attorneys have been asked by a client, “Can my company protest the addition of other contractors to the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity pool?” As the Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in AAR Airlift illustrates, the answer to this question is “yes and no,” says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.