Raytheon Co. has urged a Massachusetts federal judge to shrink what it calls a bloated $8.5 million fee request by attorneys who secured a $59 million settlement in a benefits class action, saying Wednesday that amount would equate to a staggering $3,800 hourly rate.
President Joe Biden's two nominees for Maryland's federal district court faced little scrutiny at a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, although Republicans pressed a former public defender on her work with criminal defendants and her knowledge of constitutional law.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived charges against a former military contracting officer over his alleged role in a bribery scheme, saying a law pausing the expiration of certain claims during wartime did not require fraud claims to be connected to a specific war.
A split New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a lower court must reevaluate an ex-Cape May County worker's state law whistleblower claim relating to the county's handling of Capehart & Scatchard PA's bid for a public contract, toppling an intermediate appeals court's order that would have sent the case directly to trial.
President Joe Biden created a new national review board for major cyberattacks and ordered IT sector government contractors to report data breaches as part of an executive order issued Wednesday after hacks on a major U.S. pipeline company and federal agencies.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai defended her office's endorsement of a temporary waiver of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday as skeptical senators expressed their discontent with the decision.
Republican lawmakers on Wednesday said the Biden administration has made repeated false claims about the legality and status of its halt in border wall construction, urging the U.S. Government Accountability Office to take those issues into account as it reviews the pause.
A Michigan halfway house violated federal labor law by terminating and interrogating union supporters, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled, rejecting the company's arguments that it had valid reasons to fire the workers and that its federal contract puts it outside the board's jurisdiction.
Several groups of American Indian and religious liberty law scholars and advocacy groups threw their support behind tribal members who are fighting a completed highway widening project in Oregon, lodging several amicus briefs urging the Ninth Circuit to revive the case, which was tossed earlier this year.
A Minnesota state appeals court has ruled that the state isn't responsible for indemnifying two Mille Lacs County officials for legal costs to defend a federal suit by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe claiming the officials have illegally interfered with tribal law enforcement.
Convincing private businesses to open up to the government about cybercrime could be key in preventing future hacks of U.S. critical infrastructure, a risk underscored by a ransomware attack that has shuttered one of the nation's largest fuel pipelines.
A Delaware federal judge weighing whether to grant seizure orders for Citgo's parent company to creditors owed hundreds of millions of dollars by Venezuela indicated Tuesday that he is considering whether U.S. sanctions on Caracas preclude him from issuing such an order.
A Rhode Island realty group has asked the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to reconsider its decision declaring it ineligible for a contract to provide office space for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying that the ruling insulates a flawed contracting process from judicial review.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a Verizon unit's protest over a $306.2 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security data services deal awarded to AT&T, saying large disparities in bids didn't mean the companies hadn't competed on a common basis.
A U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Hearings and Appeals judge has found that a veteran had sufficient control over a real estate firm, reconsidering his earlier decision requiring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cancel a lease awarded to the company.
A whistleblower can't use the Massachusetts False Claims Act to accuse JPMorgan Chase Bank NA of rigging bond interest rates because information related to the supposed scheme was already available on a public website, the state's top court ruled Tuesday.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday excluded opinions from one of 3M's expert witnesses in an upcoming bellwether trial over whether its combat arms CAEv2s earplugs were defective and caused damage to a veteran's hearing, saying the expert cannot base his opinion entirely on other experts' findings.
U.S. President Joe Biden's backing last week of a temporary waiver of intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines reinforces the support the World Trade Organization proposal has received from more than 100 countries, but European leaders, some U.S. lawmakers and pharmaceutical companies remain wary.
A zoning board in Iowa's rural Madison County cannot block a wireless tower builder from developing two cellular sites, a federal judge has ruled after finding that the board failed to explain its reasons for the adverse decision in writing.
A Virginia-based oil and gas contractor has inked a $200,000 deal with the U.S. Department of Labor's federal contractor watchdog after the agency alleged it was underpaying female engineers and underrecruiting women and minority candidates for certain posts.
The FBI on Monday pinned a ransomware attack that closed one of the country's largest pipelines on a criminal hacking group that has operated in Russia, while White House officials mulled how to boost cybersecurity at privately held critical infrastructure companies.
The University of Miami will pay $22 million to settle whistleblower False Claims Act allegations that it overcharged Medicare for doctors' services and for medically unnecessary laboratory tests, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.
A bankrupt Hawaiian telecommunication company has argued that the Federal Circuit wrongly upheld a trial court's dismissal of its lawsuit seeking to recoup $200 million in funding pulled by the Federal Communications Commission, saying the full circuit court bench must rethink the ruling.
Billionaire investor George Soros urged a New York federal judge to force Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz to appear in court for a deposition related to a $10 billion lawsuit over a contract to mine valuable iron ore deposits in Guinea.
A U.S. Army contract worker who accused Lockheed Martin Corp. of refusing to hire her after taking over a contract doesn't have enough evidence to keep her gender discrimination case in court, a Texas federal judge ruled.
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.
Given the lack of know-how and other legal and technical hurdles associated with producing COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries, and the potential harm to U.S. industry, the Biden administration's backing a temporary waiver on intellectual property protections may be merely a gesture of goodwill, says William Bergmann at BakerHostetler.
A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.
Health companies should take proactive steps against a coming wave of federal enforcement, in light of massive new health funding, agencies' desire to protect COVID-19 relief funds, increased use of data analytics and a likely rise in qui tam suits, say attorneys at Foley & Lardner.
The Biden administration should implement an indexed minimum wage based on the average wages in each local labor market instead of mandating a $15 federal minimum wage in all metro areas, which could grossly distort service sector compensation and discourage bidding on federal contracts, says Stephen Bronars at Edgeworth Economics.
Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.
Joseph Berger and Thomas Mason at Thompson Hine examine the significant opportunities for government contractors arising from actions during the first 100 days of the Biden administration, which set the stage for unprecedented investment in national infrastructure, domestic manufacturing, research and development, clean energy, pandemic response and economic recovery.
As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.
Attorneys at Arnold & Porter examine the potential impacts of President Joe Biden’s minimum wage increase for federal government contractors and discuss whether contractors will be able to recover additional labor costs associated with the increase.
In this month's bid protest roundup, Sandeep Nandivada and Markus Speidel at MoFo look at April U.S. Government Accountability Office and U.S. Court of Federal Claims decisions concerning proposed labor categories outside the scope of vendor schedule contracts, use of unstated evaluation criterion, and whether co-prime contractor privity supports standing to protest.
Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.
This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.
With the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs expected to fulfill several affirmative action initiatives under the Biden administration, federal contractors should prepare for a new verification interface, review demographic statistics and conduct annual pay equity evaluations, say Joanna Colosimo and David Cohen at DCI Consulting.
The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.
The well-intentioned efforts and salutary purposes of the legal industry's Mansfield Rule diversity metric are tainted by the Diversity Lab initiative's omission of veterans, who are underrepresented at large law firms and entitled to advantageous treatment based on more than 200 years of public policy, says Robert Redmond at McGuireWoods.
To mitigate unintended financial harm to U.S. companies that have lawful preexisting contracts with newly named specially designated nationals, the Office of Foreign Assets Control should permanently authorize wind-down payments from sanctioned parties, says Alexandre Lamy at Baker McKenzie.