Government Contracts

  • March 07, 2024

    Judges Say Facing Threats And Vitriol Now Part Of The Job

    Federal judges spoke Thursday about the challenges of the profession in the 21st century, describing how they've either received threats or know of warnings against colleagues, with one jurist saying she received 11 death threats during her first three months on the bench.

  • March 07, 2024

    11th Circ. Urged To Restore Qui Tam Over Small Biz Contracts

    The U.S. Department of Justice argued Thursday in support of reinstating a qui tam lawsuit against two companies that gained control of a small Florida construction business, telling the Eleventh Circuit that they were not qualified for a government program that awards contracts to firms owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

  • March 07, 2024

    Shipbuilder Says Navy Ended Deal in Bad Faith, Seeks $150M

    A Louisiana shipbuilder accused the U.S. Navy of doing everything it could to thwart the company's success on a craft-building deal, telling a Court of Federal Claims judge it deserved at least $150 million for the Navy's alleged bad faith.

  • March 07, 2024

    Deputy AG Unveils DOJ Whistleblower Rewards Pilot Program

    Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice will soon begin a pilot program to financially reward whistleblowers who alert prosecutors to significant corporate misconduct.

  • March 07, 2024

    White House Moves To End Highway 'Buy America' Waivers

    The Biden administration on Thursday proposed eliminating waivers to domestic production requirements for items used in federal highway building.

  • March 07, 2024

    US Soldier Charged With Selling Military Secrets To China

    A U.S. Army intelligence analyst with the rank of sergeant sold an array of sensitive and classified military secrets to China in exchange for $42,000, according to a Tennessee grand jury indictment unsealed on Thursday. 

  • March 07, 2024

    Feds Get 1st Plea In Massive NYC Housing Bribery Case

    A former public housing superintendent for the New York City Housing Authority on Thursday became the first of 70 workers charged in Manhattan federal court with bribery last month to plead guilty.

  • March 07, 2024

    CenturyLink Cut From Suit Blaming Utilities For Road Delays

    The city of Sammamish, Washington, has quietly dropped CenturyLink from a state court lawsuit accusing it, Comcast and other companies of causing millions of dollars in roadwork delays by failing to move their infrastructure in a timely manner.

  • March 07, 2024

    Claims Court Backs VA Redo Of Eyewear Deal Over Errors

    A Court of Federal Claims judge tossed an eyewear manufacturer's bid to be reinstated to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs optometry deal, saying the VA was allowed to cancel the award in light of calculation errors the agency made.

  • March 07, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Says IP License May Be Part Of Procurement Deal

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday revived a software developer's claims that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration misappropriated its data, saying the developer had sufficiently alleged it was party to a government contract that allowed lawsuits under the Contract Disputes Act.

  • March 07, 2024

    Conn. Psychologist Agrees To Repay $2.65M For Billing Fraud

    A Connecticut psychologist already sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for his second alleged healthcare fraud scheme has agreed to a plan to repay $2.65 million in restitution under a proposed order that awaits approval from a federal judge.

  • March 07, 2024

    Monsanto, Seattle Spar Over Guardrails For Possible PCB Trial

    Monsanto Co. and Seattle are wrangling over evidentiary matters in the city's suit over PCB pollution in the Lower Duwamish Waterway, with each side asking a Washington federal judge to impose limits for a possible trial that's currently set for September.

  • March 06, 2024

    Top Calif. Antitrust Atty Says Criminal Cases On The Horizon

    California is poised to start prosecuting criminal antitrust cases under a Golden State law that is "broader" than federal law, a senior assistant attorney general for the California Department of Justice said Wednesday at a San Francisco conference.

  • March 06, 2024

    Garland On AI Crime, And A Taylor Swift Tune For DOJ

    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday told a group of lawyers gathered in San Francisco that the U.S. Department of Justice is ramping up its hiring of computer scientists to fight artificial intelligence-driven crime and also revealed which Taylor Swift song he thought should be the department's anthem.

  • March 06, 2024

    Federal Lawmakers Want To Protect 172 Acres For Calif. Tribe

    Legislation introduced by two U.S. senators would place 172 acres into trust for a California tribe in an effort to bring its members back to its reservation where they can develop a permanent home.

  • March 06, 2024

    Pa. Pharma Co. Cops To Adulterated-Drug Charges

    A Pennsylvania generic drug manufacturer has pled guilty to federal charges that it sold adulterated drugs in the U.S. into interstate commerce and agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    DOJ Says Another Korean Co., Officer Behind Bid-Rig Scheme

    A second South Korean company and its CEO allegedly defrauded the Pentagon in a scheme to rig bids and fix prices for subcontract work on U.S. military installations in South Korea, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    Experts Urge 'Transformational' Change To DOD Budgeting

    An expert panel urged the U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday to make a "transformational change" to its budgeting and resource allocation processes, saying the DOD's current processes limit effective and timely responses to changing needs and technologies.

  • March 06, 2024

    Conn. Ex-Postmaster Gets 4 Years For Vehicle Repair Scheme

    The former postmaster of Danbury, Connecticut, must serve four years in prison for using a town post office to run a bribery, kickback and embezzlement scheme that defrauded the government out of nearly $1 million for overpriced vehicle repairs and other illegitimate payments, a federal judge has ruled.

  • March 06, 2024

    House Votes To Require DHS Border Contract Reviews

    A newly passed bill by the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to ensure accountability of federal contracts for operations and services along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • March 06, 2024

    Feds Get More Time To Reply In Fla. Casinos Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted the federal government a 30-day extension to reply to two Florida casino operators' petition for a writ of certiorari that seeks to reverse a decision that found a compact allowing online sports betting off tribal lands is lawful.

  • March 06, 2024

    Feds Pledge $72M For Tribes To Close Electrification Gaps

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said the Biden administration is awarding $72 million in a first round of funding to help Native American tribes electrify more homes in their communities.

  • March 06, 2024

    Sewer Deal Kept On Ice During Appeal In Philly Suburb's Ch. 9

    A Philadelphia bankruptcy judge Wednesday rejected a utility's latest effort to lift the automatic stay triggered by the City of Chester's Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which has delayed a $276.5 million sewer sale, saying it would require her to answer questions that are on appeal from a similar motion she nixed last year.

  • March 06, 2024

    Founder Of Mayer Brown Gov't Contracts Practice Dies

    Mayer Brown LLP is mourning the loss of the founder and chair of its government contracts practice, Marcia G. Madsen, who is being remembered as a formidable litigator and supportive role model to other attorneys.

  • March 06, 2024

    Chamber, Trade Groups Revamp Contractor Rule Challenge

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a slew of trade groups revamped their lawsuit in Texas federal court accusing the U.S. Department of Labor of violating federal law when it issued its latest independent contractor rule, alleging it tried to circumvent a court's earlier ruling.

Expert Analysis

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Contracts Disputes Recap: Expect Strict Application Of Rules

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    Zachary Jacobson and Sarah Barney at Seyfarth examine four recent cases highlighting the importance, for both contractors and government agencies, of strict compliance with the Contract Disputes Act’s jurisdictional requirements and with the Federal Acquisition Regulation's remedy-granting clauses.

  • Unpacking The FAR Council's Cybersecurity Rules Proposal

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    New reporting and information sharing requirements in the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council's recently proposed cybersecurity regulations would create new False Claims Act enforceability risks, and could be a focus for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Cyber Fraud Initiative, say Townsend Bourne and Lillia Damalouji at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Deference Limit, Close-At-Hand Doctrine

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Roke Iko at MoFo examines a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims about the parameters of agency deference, and one from the U.S. Government Accountability Office that highlights the risk to offerors of relying heavily on evaluators’ prior knowledge.

  • New DOJ Roles Underscore National Security Focus

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent creation of two new leadership positions signals to the private sector that federal law enforcement is pouring resources into corporate investigations to identify potential national security violations, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • 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.

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