The scope of a ban on certain Chinese technology anticipated in the second half of 2020 may cause government contractors to scrutinize their supply chains, while they face scrutiny of their own from watchdogs looking into COVID-19 funding. Here are seven federal bills, policy changes and enforcement moves that federal contractors should keep an eye on for the remainder of the year.
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7 Gov't Contracting Policies To Watch In 2020: Midyear Report

The scope of a ban on certain Chinese technology anticipated in the second half of 2020 may cause government contractors to scrutinize their supply chains, while they face scrutiny of their own from watchdogs looking into COVID-19 funding. Here are seven federal bills, policy changes and enforcement moves that federal contractors should keep an eye on for the remainder of the year.

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Claims Court Backs Correction On $1.4B DOD Food Deal

The Court of Federal Claims has denied a protest over the scope of corrective action taken on a nearly $1.4 billion Defense Logistics Agency contract to supply food to U.S. troops overseas, rejecting Anham FZCO's argument that the correction was overbroad.

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Contractor Billed Gov't For Disney World Trips, Feds Say

A former U.S. Department of Defense contracting officer hired an associate for a no-show job and took her on dozens of trips to Disney World and other vacation spots on the government's dime, federal prosecutors in Boston said Friday.

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SUPREME COURT REVIEW

Feature

The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

Supreme Court oral arguments are always a high wire act. This term, a global pandemic, a docket of hot-button cases and an experiment with remote technology took the challenge to new heights. Here’s a look at the law firms that argued the most, and how they fared.

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Feature

The Majority Of One: How Roberts Is Shaping The Court

The 2019 term has removed all doubt: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. is the power broker on the U.S. Supreme Court. But unlike past swing justices, the nation's top jurist puts the reputation of the court before his own conservative instincts and is willing to compromise when he needs to.

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Feature

Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

A docket packed with divisive cases. Experiments in remote oral arguments. Defining moments for the court’s new swing justice. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this historic court term, when the unexpected reigned supreme.

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ENFORCEMENT

Miss. Businessman Pleads Guilty To $288M Tricare Fraud

A Mississippi man has pled guilty to orchestrating a $287.6 million scheme to defraud Tricare by paying doctors and drug distributors kickbacks to refer unnecessary compounded medication prescriptions to his pharmacies, and will forfeit more than $50 million worth of property, luxury cars and an airplane.

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LITIGATION

Navient Cites Supreme Court Ruling In Bid To End CFPB Suit

Student loan servicer Navient told a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday that because the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled the president can remove the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's chief at will, that agency's suit against the loan provider should be dropped.

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Nev. Pot Co. Can't Get Temp Worker Phones In Licensing Suit

Nevada cannabis regulators being sued by a rejected license applicant can't be forced to turn over the cellphones of contractors hired to vet applications, the state high court has ruled, finding tax officials don't have legal control over the devices.

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Dallas Transit Says Light Rail Costs Suit Was Filed Too Late

The Dallas area public transportation system has told a Texas state judge that a construction company waited more than a decade too long to file a suit alleging it incurred $37 million in unnecessary costs during a light rail expansion project.

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Mental Health Care Giant Inks $122M Deal To End FCA Suits

Universal Health Services has promised to pay $122 million to end 19 suits under the False Claims Act that had accused the behavioral health hospital company of cheating federal health care subsidy programs and putting profit over patient care, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

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School District Axed Contract Over Anti-BLM Post, Suit Says

A Florida-based food distributor and its owner filed a lawsuit against a school district after it allegedly terminated its contract with the distributor over a Facebook post the owner wrote disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Tribe Slams Calif. County's 'Unlawful' Casino Tax Plan

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians has filed a suit in California federal court against Amador County, saying a purportedly binding contract related to its recently built tribal casino is "unlawful" because it taxes the tribe unfairly.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Opinion

Let's Create An Ethical Obligation For Attys To Fight Racism

In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Firms Wanted PPP Money, But Will It Prevent More Cuts?

Law firms accounted for a large portion of the recipients of federal bailout funds designed to save small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, but some observers speculate that, for a number of those shops, the funds won't be enough to prevent future cuts if COVID-19 continues to drag down the market.

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Law Firm Leaders' 3 Biggest Worries For The Rest Of 2020

After a wildly tumultuous first half of 2020, law firm leaders are now preparing to take on whatever the second half of the year has in store. Here, leaders share their biggest worries for the remaining six months of the year.

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Brown Rudnick IP Litigation Team Leaves To Start New Firm

The head of Brown Rudnick LLP's patent litigation practice has decamped with his team and clients in tow to launch his own firm in New York City, walking away with virtually all of Brown Rudnick's Manhattan-based patent litigation group.

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Miller Canfield Lays Off Attorneys Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has instituted layoffs and furloughs of attorneys and other employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports.

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NY Bill Would Suspend Two-Fail Bar Exam Rule For Pandemic

New legislation would allow New York public defender and government law graduates who have twice failed the bar exam to continue to practice under supervision for the duration of the state's ongoing coronavirus state of emergency.

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Chicago Federal Court Extends Remote Hearings To Mid-Sept.

The Northern District of Illinois' latest COVID-19 safety order entered Friday extends remote hearings into mid-September and keeps an early August target date for jury trials to resume, and the court's two clerk's offices will reopen to the public on Monday.

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LA Labor Partner Accused Of Sexually Harassing Associate

The head of the labor and employment practice at Los Angeles-based law firm Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs APLC is facing allegations he engaged in an extended campaign of "creepy" behavior toward an associate that peaked with a "nightmarish" incident during a work trip overseas.

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DOJ's DuCharme Named Acting US Attorney For EDNY

U.S. Department of Justice official Seth DuCharme has been tapped as acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Friday, replacing Richard Donoghue, who is in turn taking DuCharme's old job.

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Study Noting 'Racial Tension,' 'Nepotism' Shakes Philly Courts

Court leadership in Philadelphia County on Friday vowed to take action following the release of a damning report from an outside consultant detailing "a culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension that is constantly brewing" for staff and judges alike.

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Flynn Case Paused, DC Circ. Weighing Judge's En Banc Bid

The D.C. Circuit hit the brakes Friday on a panel's recent ruling instructing a federal judge to immediately grant the government's request to end the prosecution of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn as the full appeals court considers whether to rehear the matter.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A new survey showed that corporate counsel are divided on whether they think recent work-from-home adjustments will continue or be reversed once the pandemic wanes, and a separate report revealed that more attorneys are getting comfortable with litigation funding. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Absolutely (Not) Immune

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term with a bang this week, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that he was absolutely immune to a subpoena for his financial records by New York state prosecutors who are pursuing a criminal investigation.

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Client Says Hagen Berman Pulled Fast One On Special Master

A Minnesota woman told a Pennsylvania federal court that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP used clients' protected information as "a sword and a shield" to hide its alleged wrongdoing in its report provided to a special master, who was investigating the firm's bid to drop clients suing GlaxoSmithKline and others for birth defects caused by thalidomide.

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Law360 Practice Groups of the Year

LAW FIRMS

Arden Levy Law PLLC

Arnold & Porter

Baker McKenzie

Bernstein Litowitz

Beveridge & Diamond

Boies Schiller

Bradley Arant

Brown Rudnick

Cohen Milstein

Crowell & Moring

DLA Piper

Day Pitney

Debevoise & Plimpton

Dorsey & Whitney

Duane Morris

Edelson PC

Fish & Richardson

Fisher Phillips

Foley Hoag

Genova Burns

Ghidotti Berger

Gibson Dunn

Goldstein & Russell

Goodwin

Hagens Berman

Harvey & Binnall

Hodgson Russ

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Hughes Hubbard

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Ivie McNeill

Jenner & Block

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kelley Drye

Kessler Topaz

Kirkland & Ellis

Kline & Specter

Labaton Sucharow

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Brisbois

Lieff Cabraser

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will

McKool Smith

Mike Scott Law

Miller Canfield

Morgan Lewis

Myers Brier

Nixon Peabody

Norton Rose

Nutter McClennen

O'Melveny & Myers

Parker Nelson & Associates

Pietragallo Gordon

Pryor Cashman

Reed Smith

Rivkin Radler

Schiff Hardin

Sheppard Mullin

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Skadden

Squire Patton Boggs

Stern Tannenbaum

Stroock & Stroock

Thompson Coe

Tucker Law Group

Vedder Price

Vezina Lawrence

Weil Gotshal

Wilkinson Walsh

Williams & Connolly

WilmerHale

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

COMPANIES

Airbnb Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

Apple Inc.

Association of Corporate Counsel

Booking.com BV

Brooklyn Law School

CITGO Petroleum Corp.

Cato Institute

Center for Justice

Comcast Corp.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Facebook Inc.

Fordham University

GLF Construction Corp.

General Electric Co.

Getty Images Inc.

Google Inc.

Infinite Global

International Business Machines Corp.

Lake Whillans

Legal Services NYC

Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc.

Mazars LLP

Navient Corp.

Overstock.com Inc.

Philip Morris International Inc.

Sanofi-Aventis

Spotify Technology SA

Tenneco Inc.

The Brattle Group Inc.

Universal Health Services Inc.

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

Waze Mobile Ltd.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians

Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Defense Logistics Agency

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Food and Drug Administration

Government Accountability Office

Montana Department of Revenue

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Indian Gaming Commission

Nevada Attorney General's Office

Nevada Department of Taxation

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Small Business Administration

TRICARE

U.S. Army

U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. General Services Administration

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court