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.
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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. Read full article »

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.  Read full article »

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. Read full article »

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. Read full article »

LITIGATION

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. Read full article »

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. Read full article »

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. Read full article »

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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. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Mayer Brown Partner's Brother-In-Law Charged With Murder

Mayer Brown LLP appellate practice leader Stephen Shapiro's brother-in-law had been receiving financial assistance from Shapiro's wife Joan for several months and was told "she would no longer just give him money" in the days before he fatally shot Shapiro and tried to kill her, a state prosecutor told an Illinois state court judge Thursday. Read full article »

'Indefensible' Fees Request Slashed In ACA Birth Control Row

In a sternly worded opinion, an Oklahoma federal judge rejected a request for $3.1 million in attorneys' fees from lawyers representing a group of Catholic institutions that sued over Affordable Care Act rules concerning birth control, ruling that the request was "indefensible" and reducing it by more than 75 percent. Read full article »

Judge Rips Twombly For Straining Resources In IP Row

A California federal judge appeared unswayed Thursday by SAP America Inc. and HP Inc.’s arguments that a software company hasn't met the stringent pleading standards required under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Twombly decision, saying Twombly has created more work than it’s saved, and "you get to the point where we’re wasting time and resources when you know what their pleading is." Read full article »

Judge's Wild Order Threatens To Make Warring Attys Kiss

A Texas federal judge threatened to make opposing attorneys kiss one another at the Alamo, lamented the days when Texas cases were handled by Texas attorneys, quoted Elvis, and generally went off in a order setting a status conference for a trade secret dispute between HouseCanary Inc. and Quicken Loans. Read full article »

Senate Confirms 2 Trump Nominees To 4th Circ.

The Senate Thursday voted to confirm a pair of Trump nominees to serve on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, giving favorable votes to federal Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum and prosecutor Jay Richardson, both of South Carolina. Read full article »

Confidential Docs Show Kavanaugh Misled Panel, Dems Claim

Documents recently turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee indicate that Judge Brett Kavanaugh “misled” lawmakers during his 2006 confirmation hearing for the D.C. Circuit judgeship about his knowledge of the Bush administration’s torture policies, top Senate Democrats alleged Thursday. Read full article »

Nat'l Archives Pans Committee's Release Of Kavanaugh Docs

The National Archives, which has found itself in the middle of a bitter struggle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s documents from his Bush White House service, on Wednesday sought to put some distance between its review process and that of the current Senate Judiciary Committee. Read full article »

Squire Patton Nabs 3 Leaders Of Dissolved IP Boutique

Squire Patton Boggs LLP has swallowed intellectual property boutique Singularity LLP, snagging a trio of veteran tech litigators from the dissolved boutique as part of the global firm’s efforts to bolster its intellectual property presence in the Bay Area. Read full article »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Kicking off the legal lions this week is a team of attorneys who helped secure a $66 million award for client Lumileds LLC in a trade secrets dispute, while the lambs include the remaining members of West Virginia’s Supreme Court, all of whom were impeached this week. Read full article »

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