Government Contracts

  • March 05, 2021

    Chicago Political Operative Denies Bribing City Officials

    A Chicago political operative accused of bribing a former alderman and public school official to obtain benefits for his clients pled not guilty in federal court in Illinois Friday to wire fraud and other charges.

  • March 05, 2021

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen Scotland's ferry services sue its insurer, Britain's new high-speed rail service face another contract challenge and an ex-Qatari prime minister's company hit with a new suit. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 04, 2021

    LA Atty Must Disgorge $1.65M Fee For 'Egregious Conduct'

    A California judge ordered an attorney who represented Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers in a faulty billing lawsuit to disgorge $1.65 million in attorney fees and be held in contempt and sanctioned Thursday, saying he disobeyed court orders and withheld information about possible collusion with the city's attorneys.

  • March 04, 2021

    ICE Is Told To Vaccinate Detainees Or Risk Release Order

    A New York federal judge says he would consider ordering U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release vulnerable individuals from its Batavia detention center if that is the only way they can get access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • March 04, 2021

    FDA Seeks Win In Suit Over Compounded Drug Agreements

    The federal government is gunning to end a group of pharmacies' suit accusing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of unlawfully issuing new regulations last October concerning compounded drug distribution, telling a D.C. federal court their case is not ripe for judicial review.

  • March 04, 2021

    GableGotwals Nabs Long-Serving DOJ Attorney Trent Shores

    Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma and longtime Justice Department attorney Trent Shores is joining GableGotwals' Tulsa office as a shareholder, the firm has announced.

  • March 04, 2021

    US Army Didn't Violate Trademark License, Fed. Circ. Says

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday rejected a lawsuit accusing the U.S. Army of violating a trademark licensing deal with an apparel company by sometimes refusing to approve projects — including an ad campaign featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

  • March 03, 2021

    CEO In $150M Opioid Scheme Hit With 15-Year Sentence

    The former CEO of a health provider group was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Wednesday for his role in a $150 million fraud scheme that involved the unnecessary prescription of opioids in Michigan and Ohio, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • March 03, 2021

    Racetrack Loses Bid In 1st Circ. To Revive Wynn RICO Suit

    The former owner of the shuttered Suffolk Downs racetrack was too far removed from the competition for a Massachusetts casino license to claim that it was injured when Wynn Resorts Ltd. was awarded the bid, the First Circuit ruled Wednesday in refusing to revive the lawsuit.

  • March 03, 2021

    Appeals Board Says BAE's Army Cost Dispute Is Timely

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has denied the U.S. Army's bid to toss BAE System's cost adjustment claims related to environmental conditions at an ammunition plant, saying a circuit court decision hadn't changed the law to make the appeal untimely.

  • March 03, 2021

    Dems Urge Biden To Rein In Nuclear Posture

    Two progressive congressmen are urging President Joe Biden to implement a robust policy of nuclear non-proliferation, contrasting their proposed agenda with geopolitical escalations that occurred during the Trump administration.

  • March 03, 2021

    5th Circ. Expresses Doubt Over Petrobras Fraud Dismissal

    A Fifth Circuit panel questioned Wednesday whether a Texas federal judge wrongly relied on newspaper articles about a larger anti-corruption sweep in Brazil to pinpoint when Petrobras America knew or should have known Samsung Heavy Industries used bribes to secure a lucrative construction contract.

  • March 03, 2021

    FCC, Hill Actions Clear Way For Better Broadband Mapping

    With Congress preparing a fresh infrastructure funding package and the Federal Communications Commission readying new steps to speed deployment, 2021 is shaping up to be a year of progress on broadband mapping. Here, Law360 looks at three areas that could shape that progress.

  • March 03, 2021

    Judge Finds $15M Texas Project Suit Should Be Tossed

    A Texas magistrate judge recommended the dismissal of a Dallas finance company's suit accusing an Austin, Texas, suburb of misleading it into providing $15 million to revive a failing real estate project, saying the financier's allegations don't support a wrongful takings claim.

  • March 03, 2021

    Energy's $40B Loan Authority Back In Play, Granholm Says

    Newly minted U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday she's ready to deploy the agency's $40 billion worth of unused loan authority as part of the Biden administration's clean energy development push, tapping an industry veteran to help hand out the cash.

  • March 02, 2021

    Satellite Co. Investors Want Docs In $1.3B Award Row Back

    Investors in Devas Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. demanded on Tuesday that an Indian government-appointed liquidator relinquish case files he obtained after firing counsel working to enforce the Indian satellite company's $1.3 billion arbitral award against a division of India's space agency.

  • March 02, 2021

    After J&J-Merck Deal, Biden Vows Vaccines For All By May 31

    President Joe Biden said Tuesday that a manufacturing partnership between Johnson & Johnson and Merck, arranged by activating the Defense Production Act, will boost coronavirus vaccine supplies enough by the end of May to jab every U.S. adult.

  • March 02, 2021

    10th Circ. Vacates Immunity Ruling In Inmate's Stillbirth Suit

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday reversed a New Mexico federal judge's decision that a doctor and two nurses at a correctional facility can use qualified immunity as a defense from liability in the stillborn birth of an inmate's baby.

  • March 02, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Mulls Fate Of $38M Small Biz IT Contract Fight

    The Federal Circuit grappled Tuesday with a variety of issues raised by Harmonia Holdings' request to reinstate its challenge, tossed by the Federal Claims Court last year, to a $38 million government contract awarded to a company the IT firm said wasn't eligible to bid as a small business.

  • March 02, 2021

    Union Says Philadelphia Firefighters' Test Too Subjective

    Philadelphia's test for firefighter applicants violates city law because it is not relevant to the job and not capable of providing a competitive ranking of prospective candidates, a city firefighters' union alleged in a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania court.

  • March 02, 2021

    Veterans' Health Claims Processed Incorrectly, OIG Says

    A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contractor processed 13% of veterans' health care claims inconsistently with official departmental guidance, a watchdog found Tuesday, in some cases resulting in claims that were improperly rejected.

  • March 02, 2021

    Chamber Urges WTO Not To Entertain Vaccine IP Waivers

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday warned the World Trade Organization's new director-general not to "distract" herself with proposals to suspend global intellectual property rules in order to distribute COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

  • March 02, 2021

    OFCCP Strikes Trump-Era 'Focused Reviews'

    The U.S. Department of Labor's federal contractor watchdog on Tuesday canceled a Trump administration directive that allowed the agency to evaluate contractors for compliance with specific legal authorities governing anti-discrimination practices.

  • March 02, 2021

    Feds Back Mille Lacs Tribe In Reservation Boundary Fight

    The federal government has backed a Minnesota tribe seeking to empower its police officers on tribal lands, saying the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's reservation, established through an 1885 treaty, has never been diminished.

  • March 02, 2021

    3M Says Michigan's PFAS Suit Belongs In Federal Court

    3M Co. told a Michigan federal court that a lawsuit filed by Michigan's attorney general against manufacturers and sellers of polyfluoroalkyl substances called PFAS touches on work done at the behest of the federal government and the matter should therefore be heard in federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethics Tips For Attorneys Telecommuting Across State Lines

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    Attorneys working remotely from jurisdictions in which they are not admitted should take precautionary steps to avoid engaging in unauthorized practice of law, say John Schmidt and Michael Seaman at Phillips Lytle.

  • 6 Ways Legal Employers Can Help Pandemic-Weary Parents

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    Parenting during the pandemic has introduced a series of competing personal and professional obligations for attorneys and professional staff, and even organizations that are supportive of their parent employees can take steps to do better, says Meredith Kahan at Saul Ewing.

  • Health Cos. Can Reduce FCA Risk By Leveraging Data

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's increasing reliance on data analytics for False Claims Act investigations brings new urgency to how health industry participants can defensively deploy data to bolster compliance efforts, says Brenna Jenny at Sidley Austin and Mihran Yenikomshian and Paul Greenberg at Analysis Group.

  • Questions Loom About DOJ Dismissal Power In FCA Suits

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    The Second Circuit's recent decision to grant a U.S. Department of Justice motion to dismiss a False Claims Act suit, without weighing in on the standard for assessing the agency’s decision, illustrates a significant trend, given an increase in agency dismissals and the expected uptick in FCA cases amid the pandemic, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • SBA Vendor Report Overlooks Implicit Contract Ratification

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    A recent report from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Inspector General directs unauthorized vendor commitments to be remedied under a federal acquisition regulation, but fails to consider that the government may have already implicitly ratified some agreements, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Remote Working Tips For Lawyer Trainees And Their Firms

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    The prospect of joining a law firm during the pandemic can cause added pressure, but with a few good practices — and a little help from their firms and supervising attorneys — lawyer trainees can get ahead of the curve while working remotely, say William Morris and Ted Landray at King & Spalding.

  • EpiPen Ruling Could Embolden Private Anti-Kickback Claims

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    A Minnesota federal court's recent EpiPen decision, allowing private litigants to assert Anti-Kickback Statute violations, could expose companies to novel and aggressive AKS theories over which federal prosecutors have historically exercised discretion, say Allan Thoen and Callan Stein at Troutman Pepper.

  • Employers Must Prioritize Pay Equity

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    The recent federal and state trend toward strengthening equal pay laws is sure to gain momentum, so it is now more important than ever before for employers to develop pay equity strategies, says Erin Connell at Orrick.

  • What Biden's Ethics Pledge Means For Gov't Revolving Door

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    Attorneys at Nossaman look at how President Joe Biden’s ethics pledge goes beyond those of his predecessors by imposing post-employment shadow lobbying and golden parachute restrictions on his administration’s appointees — and how a House bill proposing expansion of federal ethics law could affect enforcement.

  • Opinion

    Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go

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    Law graduates across the states are sitting for the grueling two-day bar exam this week despite menstruation-related barriers, such as inadequate menstrual product and bathroom access, which could be eradicated with simple policy tweaks, say law professors Elizabeth Cooper, Margaret Johnson and Marcy Karin.

  • It's Time For Law Firms To Start Loving And Leveraging Data

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    The volume and diversity of data managed by law firms today — from client files to internal financial records — may seem daunting, but when properly organized, good data can help practitioners stay competitive by providing sharper insight into firm resources and cost of work, say Jaron Luttich and Barry Wiggins at Element Standard.

  • Keys To Protecting Clients During Law Firm Dissolution

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    Whether a law firm dissolution is amicable or adversarial, departing attorneys should take steps to maintain their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients, and beware client confidentiality pitfalls when joining new firms, say John Schmidt and Colin Fitzgerald at Phillips Lytle.

  • DOD's New Cyber Rules May Spur Contract Disputes

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    Contractors adapting to solicitations and contracts that include new cybersecurity assessment requirements from the U.S. Department of Defense should familiarize themselves with adjacent new areas for contract disputes and the potential avenues for relief should a controversy arise, say attorneys at Rogers Joseph.

  • How Case Management Orders Can Support New Attorneys

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    Courts are leading the way in ensuring oral argument opportunities for newer attorneys by incorporating innovative language in a variety of orders, and private parties can and should follow suit by incorporating similar language into case management orders, say Megan Jones and Halli Spraggins at Hausfeld.

  • An In-House Counsel's Guide To Better Work Management

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    Amid economic uncertainty and increasing pressure on corporate legal departments to do more with less, work management processes should be aimed at tracking legal teams' every contribution, including routine matters that can be reallocated to nonlegal staff, says Aaron Pierce at LexisNexis CounselLink.

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