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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.