Government Contracts

  • January 23, 2024

    Appeals Board Says Feds Forfeited 'Sum Certain' Arguments

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals refused to toss ECC International Constructors LLC's appeals in a long-running contract dispute with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the government was late in arguing the firm failed to seek a specific sum.

  • January 23, 2024

    AECOM Says Contractor's $5M Pretrial Concession 'Too Late'

    The design and engineering giant AECOM said it was too late for a joint venture to concede liability on a $5 million damages claim in a Colorado toll lanes project dispute, telling a federal judge that the venture blew its chance and the firm is "no longer willing" to negotiate a pretrial deal.

  • January 23, 2024

    Watchdog Says Feds Wrongly Nixed Heavy Machinery Bid

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office called on the International Boundary and Water Commission to redo a machinery deal with Caterpillar Inc., after determining the agency rejected the only other offeror based on criteria that weren't in the solicitation.

  • January 23, 2024

    College Wants 9th Circ. Opinion In $1.5M Fraud Coverage Spat

    A for-profit college that settled with the U.S. government after being accused of stealing money meant to fund veterans' education asked the Ninth Circuit to weigh in after a California federal court said its insurer didn't have to cover nearly $1.5 million in connected investigation defense costs.

  • January 23, 2024

    US Trustee Not Auditing Enough Debtor Filings, Report Says

    A watchdog report released Tuesday said the U.S. Trustee's Program is not auditing a sufficient number of bankruptcy petitions and needs to find a way to pay for enough audits to comply with the law.

  • January 23, 2024

    Claims Court Blocks $282M USPS Telematics Contract

    A Court of Federal Claims judge has barred the U.S. Postal Service from proceeding with a $281.8 million contract for a vehicle telematics system, saying the USPS wrongly subjected a protester's proposal to unstated assessment criteria and didn't properly assess risk.

  • January 23, 2024

    Board Lets Biz Keep Excess Cash From Military Housing Deal

    A Pentagon contract appeals board said Vectrus Systems Corp. was entitled to some of the excess funding for housing maintenance for U.S. military families in Germany, refuting the U.S. Air Force's claims that the contractor waived its rights to the funds.

  • January 23, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Says VA Broke Exclusivity Promise To Medical Co.

    The Federal Circuit has remanded a medical equipment company's bid to hold the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs accountable for tapping other companies for services despite having contracted with the company, saying the VA agreed to work with the company exclusively.

  • January 23, 2024

    No Wrong In USDA Trusting Low Marks For IT Co., GAO Says

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reasonably found weaknesses that sank a bid from Virginia-based IT Concepts Inc. to provide organizational management and support services to the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Government Accountability Office concluded, finding the agency's evaluations were sound.

  • January 23, 2024

    Court Will Rethink Tribes' Claims In Railroad Dispute

    An Idaho federal judge has reinstated two Quiet Title Act claims the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation lodged against the federal government in a dispute over land once used by a railway, agreeing that a Supreme Court ruling requires the reversal of a prior order dismissing the claims.

  • January 22, 2024

    DC Circ. Mulls Enforcing $486M Award Against Djibouti

    The D.C. Circuit spent the better part of an hour Monday morning trying to sort out the intricacies of a dispute between the Republic of Djibouti and a Dubai-based state-owned shipping coordinator over a $486 million arbitral award.

  • January 22, 2024

    Ind. Wants In On Medicaid Row After Health Org.'s $345M Deal

    Indiana on Monday urged a court to belatedly let it into a fight against a healthcare system in the state that recently struck a $345 million deal to settle False Claims Act allegations against it, arguing the state has a "predominant interest" in prosecuting the remaining Medicaid-related claims in the case.

  • January 22, 2024

    Officer's Conduct A Departure From BIA Policy, 9th Circ. Told

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs has said that despite one of its former officer's "reprehensible abuse of authority" in sexually assaulting a Northern Cheyenne woman, the federal government isn't responsible for his actions because it was a clear departure from any conduct authorized by his employer.

  • January 22, 2024

    Anesthesiologists Want Quick Ruling On Medicare Calculation

    Four anesthesia practices are asking a federal court to expedite resolution of a complaint in which the providers say a merit-based methodology for calculating Medicare rates will cost them almost $4 million in reduced reimbursements in 2024.

  • January 22, 2024

    Shipyard Claims Navy Owes $3M For Destroyer Upgrades

    A Virginia ship repair company alleged the U.S. Navy didn't pay it for its work on a destroyer and then denied the company's $3 million claim, saying the department agreed only to pay a small portion of the costs.

  • January 22, 2024

    Judge Tosses Fired Doctor's False-Claims Suit Over Airlifts

    A federal judge has rejected a neurologist's claims that his former hospital in Delaware defrauded the federal government by transferring stroke patients to Philadelphia-based Jefferson Healthcare System via helicopter, finding the suit didn't provide the billing details necessary to make such transfers a violation of Medicare regulations.

  • January 22, 2024

    Iowa County's CO2 Pipeline Rules Are Preempted, Judge Told

    The developer of a proposed interstate carbon dioxide pipeline has told a federal judge that rules restricting its project passed last week in Palo Alto County, Iowa, are preempted by federal law, as the company pointed to a ruling last month blocking two other local ordinances.

  • January 22, 2024

    Ex-Director Denies Agreeing To Keep Pharma Firm's Info Secret

    The former director of government sales for Merz Pharmaceuticals LLC has struck back in North Carolina's business court against allegations that he took trade secrets to a rival, claiming he didn't sign any confidentiality agreements concerning documents he needed for legal purposes.

  • January 22, 2024

    BP Wants 10th Circ. Re-Do Over $700K Royalty Payout

    BP urged the full Tenth Circuit to reconsider letting it off the hook for nearly $700,000 in royalty underpayments for federal natural gas leases in Wyoming after a panel affirmed an order by the U.S. Department of the Interior requiring the oil and gas producer to pay up.

  • January 22, 2024

    Colo. Justices OK Urban Renewal Tax Formula

    Colorado's justices on Monday upheld the state's method for deciding how much of an area's increased property tax revenue should go to the redevelopment agencies that helped revitalize it, unanimously ruling that an urban renewal law doesn't require a specific methodology.

  • January 22, 2024

    DOL, Biden Defend $15 Min. Wage For Contractors At 5th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Labor and President Joe Biden said Monday it was within their authority to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 per hour, telling the Fifth Circuit the raise passes muster because paying workers higher wages creates several benefits.

  • January 22, 2024

    Strong Oversight Coming For New Air Force Missile Program

    Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., chair of the House Armed Services Committee, pledged to conduct "vigorous oversight" of the U.S. Air Force's new intercontinental ballistic missile program following an update from the military service that the program had exceeded its budget.

  • January 22, 2024

    Ex-DHS Official Wants Probation For Software Theft Case

    A former senior official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's watchdog asked a D.C. federal judge to spare him prison time for stealing proprietary software he helped design for the government, saying he never profited from the theft.

  • January 22, 2024

    Fluor Suit Relators Say FCA Was Never Ruled Unconstitutional

    Former military officers accusing Fluor Corp. of having defrauded the U.S. military in a massive logistics support contract countered Fluor's contention that they can't sue it on the government's behalf, saying that no court has ever made such a ruling.

  • January 22, 2024

    Holland & Knight Brings On Greenspoon Public Finance Pros

    A pair of former Greenspoon Marder LLP public finance attorneys who both have about four decades of experience in their practice area have jumped to Holland & Knight LLP, the firm announced Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons From Verizon's Cybersecurity FCA Self-Disclosure

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    A Verizon unit’s recent agreement to settle allegations of cyber-related False Claims Act violations illustrates the interplay between the government's prioritization of cybersecurity enforcement and the potential benefits of voluntarily disclosing cybersecurity failures, says Denise Barnes at Honigman.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Unpacking OMB's Proposed Uniform Guidance Rewrite

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    Affected organizations, including state and local governments, should carefully review the Office of Management and Budget's proposed overhaul of uniform rules for administering over $1 trillion in federal funding distributed each year, and take the opportunity to submit comments before the December deadline, says Dismas Locaria at Venable.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • UK Mozambique Ruling Will Have Int'l Ramifications

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    The recent U.K. Supreme Court judgment in Mozambique v. Privinvest considered for the first time stay proceedings under the Arbitration Act, offering guidance on whether claims are a "matter" within the scope of an arbitration clause, which could become a point of reference for foreign courts in the future, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Steps For Gov't Contractors On The OFCCP's Audit List

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    Federal contractors on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' most recent list of firms flagged for potential audit should take certain steps now in light of the agency’s new scheduling letter, which significantly increases the burden and potential risks for contractors, say Andrew Turnbull and Sadé Tidwell at MoFo.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • 3 Action Items For Contractors Facing A Gov't Shutdown

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    Federal contractors can help ensure they are well situated to endure a potential government shutdown by reviewing project funding levels and contractual stop-work clauses, and communicating with contracting officers and subcontractors about their respective obligations, says Derek Mullins at Butzel Long.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Checking In On How SuperValu Has Altered FCA Litigation

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    Four months after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. ex rel. Chutte v. SuperValu, the decision's reach may be more limited than initially anticipated, with the expansion of the scienter standard counterbalanced by some potential defense tools for defendants, say Elena Quattrone and Olivia Plinio at Epstein Becker.

  • Tossed FIFA Bribery Convictions May Spur New DOJ Offense

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    After a New York federal court vacated the bribery convictions of two defendants in the U.S. Department of Justice’s sprawling FIFA probe, prosecutors may continue to pursue foreign commercial corruption through other means, albeit with some limitations, say attorneys at Cleary.

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