Government Contracts

  • May 26, 2017

    McCain Blasts $6B Army Communications System 'Failure'

    Armed Services Committee Chair Sen. John McCain vented to the Army’s top general over the service’s fledgling mobile battlefield communications platform at a Thursday hearing, calling the program a "failure."

  • May 26, 2017

    UN Bribery Trial Tees Up Questions On FCPA, Corruption

    A trial set this coming week in a complex case against a Chinese businessman accused of bribing U.N. officials sets the stage for a judge to consider unique questions about the scope of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other U.S. bribery laws.

  • May 26, 2017

    Ill. Senate Passes Workers’ Comp Changes Without Repubs

    Democrats in the Illinois Senate on Friday passed legislation to tweak workers’ compensation laws in Illinois, continuing on their mission to pass separate parts of a bipartisan negotiated package without Republican votes.

  • May 26, 2017

    House Armed Services Chair Introduces $2B Asia Defense Bill

    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill authorizing more than $2 billion to shore up munitions shortfalls as well as enhance ally coordination and training in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

  • May 26, 2017

    Google, DOL Fight Over Withheld Compensation Data

    Google and the U.S. Department of Labor duked it out Friday over whether the tech giant must hand over employee pay data related to the government’s look into Google’s equal opportunity program, with the DOL arguing in a California administrative hearing that Google isn’t “too big to comply” with its data requests.

  • May 26, 2017

    Supplier Pays $95M To End FCA Case In Iraq War Food Deal

    Logistics company Agility will pay $95 million to settle a False Claims Act suit related to alleged overcharging on $8.5 billion in Iraq War food supply contracts, it announced Friday, following the earlier resolution of related criminal and contractual disputes.

  • May 26, 2017

    Omnicare Pays $13M To End Kickback, Medicaid Fraud Suit

    Omnicare Inc. on Thursday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to approve a $13 million settlement to end a False Claims Act case brought by whistleblowers alleging fraudulent Medicaid claims and kickbacks to pharmacies that prescribed an antidepressant drug.

  • May 26, 2017

    Air Force Defends 'Compass Call' Deal After Boeing Protest

    A senior U.S. Air Force acquisition official on Thursday defended a decision to award a contract to L3 Technologies Inc. to pick a replacement Compass Call electronic attack platform, following a protest from The Boeing Co., saying that L3’s prior experience made it the most timely and cost-effective choice.

  • May 26, 2017

    NM Utility Can't Seize Navajo Land, 10th Circ. Says

    The Tenth Circuit on Friday backed a lower court ruling that a New Mexico utility can’t secure a path for a transmission line through property that is partly owned by the Navajo Nation, saying there's no language in federal law on rights of way that allows tribal lands to be condemned.

  • May 26, 2017

    Time Is Right To Address FCA Pleadings Split, Co. Argues

    It’s the right time for the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a circuit split over the level of detail required for a False Claims Act suit to survive dismissal, Victaulic Co. said in a recent petition contesting a Third Circuit ruling that revived an FCA suit against the company.

  • May 26, 2017

    Ocwen Says Loan Auditor Billed Strip Clubs, Bloated Hours

    A lawsuit filed by Ocwen Financial Corp. alleges that the monitor hired by California regulators as part of a June 2015 mortgage servicing settlement fraudulently inflated monthly rates and attempted to bill Ocwen for employees’ outings to strip clubs and casinos.

  • May 26, 2017

    Claims Court Finds NASA Breached Recovery Audit Contract

    A Court of Federal Claims judge ruled Thursday in a long-running contract dispute that NASA had breached its recovery audit deal with Horn & Associates Inc., saying NASA had unfairly affected H&A’s ability to conduct audits and wrongly denied recovery claims.

  • May 26, 2017

    House Lawmaker Condemns GSA’s Oversight Of Trump Lease

    The ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services and General Government Appropriations panel has slammed the federal agency overseeing President Donald Trump’s lease for a luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., saying it has failed to hold him accountable for personally profiting from a potential conflict of interest.

  • May 26, 2017

    Nooksack Group Seeks Redo Of Ruling On DOI Funding Row

    The purported Nooksack Indian Tribal Council pressed a Washington federal judge Thursday to rethink tossing its lawsuit claiming that the U.S. Department of the Interior has wrongly refused to pay roughly $14 million in funding, challenging the judge’s deference to the agency’s view that the council lacks authority to sue on the tribe’s behalf.

  • May 26, 2017

    Neustar Loses Bid To Reclaim $460M FCC Deal At DC Circ.

    Neustar Inc. lost out on an attempt to overturn a Federal Communications Commission decision to recommend a $460 million contract for a service Neustar has provided be awarded to Ericsson unit Telcordia Technologies Inc. Friday, after a D.C. Circuit panel found no reason to overturn the agency’s call.

  • May 26, 2017

    Lawmakers Object To Trump's Weapons Sale To Saudi Arabia

    A bipartisan handful in Congress objected to the Trump administration's March reversal of an Obama administration exclusion of precision-guided munitions in a long-planned $110 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia, with the lawmakers expressing concerns about the monarchy's human rights record and alleged targeting of civilians while intervening in Yemen’s civil war.

  • May 26, 2017

    Landry’s JV With Texas Cruise Co. Nets $100M City Contract

    A newly formed joint venture that brings together Texas hospitality and dining giant Landry’s Inc. and a local Latina partnership on Thursday won a 10-year, $100 million city contract to operate river barges and concessions along the iconic San Antonio River Walk.

  • May 26, 2017

    $1.07M Award OK'd 'By Mistake' Axed In Contractor Spat

    A California federal judge on Thursday vacated a state court decision confirming a $1.07 million arbitration award issued to an Afghan subcontractor following a dispute stemming from U.S. government prime contracts for construction in Afghanistan, finding that the judgment had been entered "by mistake."

  • May 25, 2017

    Bribed National Guardsman Makes His Case to Evade Jail

    A retired Army National Guard colonel convicted of accepting a company’s $55,000 bribe to steer a $5.5 million recruiting contract argued to a Virginia federal court Thursday that his behavior since authorities questioned him about the scandal should keep him out of jail.

  • May 25, 2017

    Pa. Justices Affirm Turnpike Agency's Reimbursement Win

    Pennsylvania’s high court declined Thursday to change a state appeals court’s finding that a former CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was not entitled to $300,000 in legal fee reimbursements from a pay-to-play case in which he pled guilty to a felony charge.

Expert Analysis

  • Risks For Contractor With New Info After Proposal Submission

    Aron Beezley

    Government contractors frequently find themselves in a sticky situation where they learn that material information provided in their proposal has become stale, and they must quickly decide whether to notify the contracting officer before award. Some Government Accountability Office decisions support notification, but some support remaining silent, say Aron Beezley and Emily Unnasch of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • A Gov't Contractor's Guide To Trump Cybersecurity Order

    Christian Henel

    Although many aspects of the Trump cybersecurity executive order follow along the same lines as the 2013 Obama order, there are three important takeaways for government contractors, says Christian Henel of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Protecting Privilege In FCA Cases From Start To Finish

    Daniel Chudd

    Companies cannot risk failing to thoroughly investigate False Claims Act allegations. In doing so, however, companies should be wary of unintentionally waiving or failing to establish privilege. There are six common privilege pitfalls to avoid, say Daniel Chudd and Rachael Plymale of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • Hiring Incumbent Staff: GAO Says You Get What You Pay For

    Amy Conant

    The Government Accountability Office's decision last month in A-P-T Research, along with three other protests from the last two years, emphasizes the importance of evaluating an offeror’s ability to recruit and retain incumbent personnel in the course of a cost realism analysis, says Amy Conant of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • NJ 'Pay To Play' Compliance Is More Important Than Ever

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    New Jersey holds elections for governor, lieutenant governor and all 120 state legislative seats this year. Given that the Garden State has some of the most stringent, far-reaching and complex “pay to play” laws in the nation, it is important to review the risk areas that can arise from political contributions and fundraising, says Michael T.G. Long of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • Shippers' Case Addresses Atty Fee Awards Under FCA

    Steven Gordon

    Courts in False Claims Act cases generally calculate attorneys’ fees by multiplying the number of hours “reasonably expended” on the litigation by a “reasonable hourly rate” to calculate a lodestar amount that may then be adjusted downward or upward. A D.C. federal court recently followed this approach in U.S. v. Seaboard Marine, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.