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Government Contracts

  • January 18, 2019

    Oro Negro Ch. 15 Parties Agree To Mediate Rig Fight

    In an effort to streamline dual bankruptcy proceedings for Mexican oil rig company Perforadora Oro Negro in its home country and the U.S., a domestic mediator will join negotiations between the company and its creditors in a jack-up rig seizure dispute, a U.S. bankruptcy judge said.

  • January 18, 2019

    Kan. Man Accused Of Fraud To Net $12.7M In Gov't Contracts

    A Kansas man tasked with running a construction firm is accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $12.7 million in government construction contracts and lying to federal investigators about the company's status as a small business owned by a veteran who became disabled in the line of duty, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • January 18, 2019

    Prison Co. Stock’s Non-Reaction To Disclosures Dooms Cert.

    A Tennessee federal judge declined Friday to certify a class of investors who allege that private prison operator CoreCivic Inc. misrepresented its safety, security and rehabilitation standards, saying shares of the company didn’t decline when the supposed misstatements were first revealed.

  • January 18, 2019

    General Dynamics Must Serve Libya To Enforce £16M Award

    A U.K court ruled Friday that for General Dynamics U.K. Ltd. to enforce a £16.1 million ($20.7 million) award issued against Libya in a dispute over a military communications contract, the company must serve the country with the order granting it permission to enforce the award.

  • January 18, 2019

    Texas Can Cut Planned Parenthood From Medicaid: 5th Circ.

    The Fifth Circuit has vacated an injunction barring Texas from excluding Planned Parenthood affiliates from Medicaid based on graphic videos released by an anti-abortion group, saying the district court judge used the wrong standard and ignored the administrative record.

  • January 18, 2019

    Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

    The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days.

  • January 18, 2019

    Ex-La. Mayor Cites McDonnell In Bid To Skip Bribery Rap

    A former Louisiana mayor serving 20 years in prison on bribery charges urged a federal court to vacate his sentence, arguing he was improperly convicted and that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McDonnell exonerates him.

  • January 17, 2019

    Navient Seeks Quick Win On CFPB's 'Steering' Claims

    Navient Corp. urged a Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday to narrow the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's lawsuit accusing it of harmful federal student loan servicing practices, saying the agency hasn't backed up its allegations that borrowers struggling to make payments were steered into opting for costly quick fixes.

  • January 17, 2019

    DOD Calls For More Interceptors In Missile Defense Plan

    The U.S. Department of Defense released a new missile defense policy Thursday that calls for a significant expansion in U.S. missile defense capabilities, including the acquisition of dozens more missile interceptor systems and improvements in sensor and weapon technologies.

  • January 17, 2019

    Ex-VA Head Had Staffer Chauffeur His Wife, Watchdog Says

    Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's use of his driver to transport his wife, sometimes while the driver was off the clock, constituted an ethics violation, according to a VA Office of Inspector General report Thursday that also cleared Shulkin of some allegations that he misused his security detail.

  • January 17, 2019

    Trump Cancels Pelosi Trip As Feud Fuels Shutdown

    President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled Speaker Nancy Pelosi's ability to use military aircraft for a planned trip abroad, as the conflict between the two has escalated this week amid a partial government shutdown.

  • January 17, 2019

    Atty Who Quit DOJ Over ACA Surrender Joins King & Spalding

    A veteran litigator who quit the U.S. Department of Justice over its refusal to defend the Affordable Care Act against a grave legal challenge has joined King & Spalding LLP, where he will focus on health care litigation, the firm announced.

  • January 16, 2019

    Telecom Industry Wrestles With Best Rural Funding Plans

    As the telecom industry considers better ways to fund rural broadband in 2019, serious questions are being raised about how great the demand for high-speed service is in rural areas and whether the FCC is placing the right emphasis on deployment in those markets.

  • January 16, 2019

    9th Circ. Question Could Affect Calif. Prevailing Wage Law

    California's prevailing wage law could be expanded or narrowed, depending on how the state's highest court may rule on a question about the payment of workers who transport machinery to and from public construction projects, the Ninth Circuit said Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    NJ Apprenticeship Rule May Be Heavy Lift For Contractors

    New Jersey contractors may soon face tough choices if the governor signs a bill requiring apprenticeship programs for those working on government construction projects, yet some may be able to avoid its effects for a year or two, attorneys say.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pa. Faces Suit Over Medicaid-Funded Abortion Ban

    A group of women’s health care providers has argued that a Pennsylvania statute largely banning Medicaid dollars from covering abortions should be struck down as a violation of equal protection rights under the state constitution.

  • January 16, 2019

    GSA Ignored Constitution In Trump Hotel Analysis: OIG

    The U.S. General Services Administration wrongly failed to consider potential constitutional violations when it looked into a possible breach of the lease for the federal building in Washington, D.C., that is now the Trump International Hotel, resulting in continued uncertainty over the lease, a GSA watchdog said Wednesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Oracle Can’t Toss Race, Sex Bias Case Over ALJs

    Oracle America must continue fighting a race and sex bias suit brought by the U.S. Department of Labor federal contracts watchdog after an agency administrative law judge rejected its claim that he and his colleagues were not validly appointed under a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

  • January 16, 2019

    Gov't Shutdown Stymies Dormitory Co.'s Fed Contract Case

    A dormitory services company's unfair treatment suit against the U.S. government slowed to a crawl in the Court of Federal Claims when the presiding judge asked the parties whether she should stay the case in light of an appropriations lapse due to the government shutdown.

  • January 16, 2019

    FCA Is Unconstitutional, Hospital Giant Tells Supreme Court

    Whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act are unconstitutional because they deputize private citizens with powers afforded to government officers, hospital giant Intermountain Healthcare told the U.S. Supreme Court.

Expert Analysis

  • Hospitals Have Hope As Justices Mull Medicare Case

    Mark Polston

    U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Azar v. Allina Health Services seemed to favor a ruling that could mean billions of dollars in additional Medicare payments to many hospitals. But the case also could significantly affect Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services operations, say Mark Polston and Matthew Horton of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • 2018 Trends In HHS Corporate Integrity Agreements

    John Bentivoglio

    The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services entered into only 37 new corporate integrity agreements last year — the lowest number since 2012 — but it was an important year on the policy front, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Domestic Sourcing Requirement Doesn’t Fit DOD’s Gloves

    Scott Freling

    A recent Government Accountability Office decision found that a nonavailability exception applied to a Defense Department solicitation for leather combat gloves even though the type of leather at issue was available domestically. The decision sheds light on the regulatory nuances regarding domestic sourcing, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Circuits Left To Develop FCA Discovery Case Law

    Andy Liu

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in two major False Claims Act cases, both involving the government’s knowledge or suspicion of violations allegedly resulting in knowingly false claims. Nichols Liu LLP attorneys consider the implications for the materiality standard and FCA cases going forward.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • SBA Is Wrong To Delay Runway Extension Act

    Deborah Norris Rodin

    A recent legislative change to the Small Business Act that enables growing companies to stay “small” longer should have gone into effect. But the SBA has delayed implementation indefinitely, thwarting Congress and confounding contractors, say Deborah Rodin and Jeffery Chiow at Rogers Joseph O'Donnell PC.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.