New Hampshire hospitals pressed the First Circuit to uphold a ruling against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for altering a reimbursement policy in a frequently-asked-questions document, telling the appeals court that the agency flouted the normal rulemaking process and exceeded its legal authority.
The U.S. Army violated the terms of a security contract when it donated light armored vehicles to the Iraqi government rather than offering to resell them to the defense contractor who provided them as agreed, according to a decision from the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
Despite a statutory requirement that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security purchase uniforms and body armor made by U.S. manufacturers, exemptions to the policy mean that DHS and its component agencies actually get the majority of their uniforms from foreign sources, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said on Tuesday.
A Virginia federal grand jury Tuesday charged a former bioengineering professor at Virginia Tech with seven felony counts stemming from his alleged fraudulent application for federal grants, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
A nonprofit policyholder group has urged the Ninth Circuit to revive a coverage dispute between Office Depot and a unit of AIG, arguing that the lower court ruling could drastically curtail coverage in California False Claims Act cases.
A government watchdog agency took exception Tuesday to the way the Office of Management and Budget conducts oversight on critical information-technology investments from the government, saying the office was too slow in releasing required reports, among other critiques.
An employee of military contractor L3 Technologies Inc. on Tuesday filed a putative class action in California federal court alleging the company's onboarding paperwork violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act by combining background check consent and a liability waiver on the same form.
Pharmaceutical giant AmerisourceBergen Corp. has struck a $625 million deal to settle the government’s False Claims Act investigation into the drug wholesaler’s practice of repackaging and selling injectable drugs, allegedly without regard to product purity, according to documents filed with U.S. securities regulators Tuesday.
A Florida woman who was accused of a $45 million Medicare fraud received a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence Tuesday following a U.S. Supreme Court decision in her case last year holding that the government could not freeze untainted assets.
Nearly a year into the Trump administration, False Claims Act enforcement remains largely unchanged, with the continuing ramifications of the landmark Escobar decision having a much greater impact on the way FCA cases are playing out than the change in U.S. Department of Justice leadership, attorneys say.
The D.C. Circuit rejected a bid by the private owners of the Ambassador Bridge to invalidate the approval of a new public span between Detroit and Canada, ruling Tuesday that Michigan and federal officials acted within their authority and that Congress never promised the company permanent exclusivity or profitability.
A whistleblower is calling out Naples Community Hospital Inc. in Florida federal court for allegedly orchestrating an illegal kickback scheme with physicians who offered patient referrals resulting in millions of fraudulently obtained dollars from Medicare and Medicaid.
Illinois attorneys who represented a whistleblower in an unsuccessful suit against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert for alleged misuse of government funds are seeking to overturn sanctions imposed on them for pursuing the litigation in the face of what the court deemed case-ending evidence.
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. must pay Sanofi-Aventis' attorneys' fees for filing a “clearly frivolous” False Claims Act suit against the company's predecessor alleging the blood thinner Lovenox was improperly patented, as Amphastar knew it wasn’t eligible to bring such a suit, a California federal judge ruled Monday.
A Florida federal judge signed off Monday on the U.S. Department of Justice’s apportionment plans for payouts from a $350 million False Claims Act settlement with biotech company Shire, with two of six whistleblower suits getting more than 95 percent of the proceeds, which must still be tabulated.
The Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled a budget-busting $650.8 billion defense bill Tuesday, with a plan that focuses heavily on new purchases and would blow past spending caps.
A South Dakota federal judge rejected a bid to revive counterclaims by a researcher convicted of fraudulently obtaining a research grant by claiming work was done by a postdoctoral candidate who couldn’t get an H-1 visa, finding Monday that sovereign immunity shields the government from his claims of malicious prosecution.
A government watchdog investigation did not find evidence to support allegations of waste on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract for warehousing services in Afghanistan, according to a report made public this week, which found that the details of the complaint were inaccurate.
Tanzania asked a D.C. federal judge Monday to toss an English civil engineering company’s $41.4 million suit seeking to enforce two foreign judgments stemming from arbitral awards against the country that came out of a dispute over a road rehabilitation project, saying the court lacks jurisdiction.
The possibility of hiring outside contractors to fly simulated “adversary” aircraft to train American combat pilots may be an issue in the next round of defense budget talks as the U.S. Department of Defense looks to fill pilot and readiness shortfalls, the Congressional Research Service said last week.
Federal courts across the country are handing down important rulings interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on False Claims Act liability in Universal Health Services v. Escobar. As the rulings keep pouring in, stay up to speed on Law360’s latest coverage and analysis of Escobar’s impact.
Argentina took a significant step this month in its efforts to combat corruption. The law creates corporate criminal liability and will have a material impact on a number of companies that now must comply or face significant potential penalties or debarment, say Kim Nemirow and Lucila Hemmingsen of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Gustavo Morales Oliver of Marval O'Farrell & Mairal.
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Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.
Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.
There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
The Fifth Circuit's decision in U.S. v. Trinity is the most recent addition to a remarkable run of appellate decisions affirming dismissal of False Claims Act cases on materiality grounds. Trinity, however, stands apart from the crowd in a number of ways, says Rebecca Martin of McDermott Will and Emery LLP.
Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
Three October bid protest decisions from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office — in Sonoran, IPKeys and CliniComp — may affect how government contractors approach the proposal and protest process, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.