Government Contracts

  • February 08, 2024

    2nd Circ. Appoints Goodwin To Suit Over Fake Pot In NY Jail

    The Second Circuit has revived an incarcerated man's lawsuit seeking damages for his exposure to secondhand smoke from synthetic cannabinoid illicitly smuggled into a jail in Orange County, New York, saying his case has "potential merit," and appointed Goodwin Procter LLP as his counsel.

  • February 08, 2024

    Gov't Contracts Group Of The Year: Bradley Arant

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP's recent work in multiple high-stakes bid protests, including scoring a precedent-setting decision that helped secure a $2.6 billion U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract for its client, have earned the firm a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

  • February 08, 2024

    High Court Sides With Whistleblower Against UBS

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday found that whistleblowers don't need to show retaliatory intent on the part of their employers in order to be protected under federal law, in a unanimous ruling in favor of a former UBS employee and whistleblower who fought to restore a $900,000 jury verdict he secured in 2017.

  • February 08, 2024

    Justices Rule Gov't Agencies Not Immune From FCRA Suits

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a person can sue a government agency under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, because the law's 1970 definition of a "person" was sufficient to waive the government's immunity.

  • February 07, 2024

    Judge Newman's Options Dwindle After Suspension Is Upheld

    Following Wednesday's decision by the national panel that reviews judicial misconduct cases upholding Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman's suspension, she faces a difficult path to getting reinstated without complying with an investigation into her mental fitness, experts say.

  • February 07, 2024

    Chinese Hackers Accessed Infrastructure For Years, US Warns

    United States intelligence agencies and allies confirmed on Wednesday that a Chinese state-sponsored hacker group called Volt Typhoon has infiltrated critical industries, including communications, transportation, energy, and water and wastewater systems, some of which have been compromised for at least five years.

  • February 07, 2024

    Supplier Says 'Eleventh-Hour' Lockheed Claim Doesn't Belong

    A titanium parts supplier has told a Texas federal judge that it's too late for Lockheed Martin Corp. to add a claim to its lawsuit seeking to force the supplier to deliver F-35 parts, saying the defense giant was merely strategizing.

  • February 07, 2024

    NC Public Housing Exec Gets Prison In Bid-Rigging Scheme

    A county housing director in North Carolina was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison after she pled guilty to a conspiracy charge stemming from a scheme to funnel public housing contracts to her friends and family, prosecutors said.

  • February 07, 2024

    Board Says Facts Need Sussing In ICE, Charter Biz $64M Battle

    The U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has refused to grant summary judgment to either U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or an airline charter in a $64 million fight over canceled flights, saying too many factual disputes remain in the case.

  • February 07, 2024

    Contractor Admits To Sourcing Vital Military Parts Abroad

    A defense contractor admitted to illegally obtaining parts for the U.S. military from China and other foreign countries on contracts requiring the items to be purchased from domestic companies, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • February 07, 2024

    NJ Panel Backs Retired Cops In Health Insurance Dispute

    Retired police officers for a New Jersey township are entitled to full healthcare benefits without premium payments under a collective bargaining agreement, a state appellate panel ruled Wednesday, upholding an arbitration decision in the police officers' union's favor.

  • February 07, 2024

    Firefighters Won't Receive Pension Hike, Conn. Justices Rule

    Firefighters who voluntarily retired during ongoing collective bargaining proceedings are not entitled to increased pension benefits corresponding with retroactive wage increases, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled.

  • February 07, 2024

    Insurers Reach Agreement In School Construction Injury Suit

    Travelers has ended its dispute over whether another insurer must defend a general contractor, school district and construction manager in a worker's personal injury lawsuit as additional insureds, after a New York federal judge on Wednesday approved the parties' mutual request to drop the action.

  • February 07, 2024

    Mass. Residents Want High Court To Undo Tribe's Land Grant

    A group of Massachusetts residents are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that allowed the U.S. Department of the Interior to take 321 acres into trust for the development of a billion-dollar tribal hotel and casino, arguing that a lower court ignored precedent in determining that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is under federal jurisdiction.

  • February 07, 2024

    Judge Newman's Suspension Upheld By US Panel

    The national panel that reviews judicial misconduct cases on Wednesday affirmed Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman's suspension for refusing to undergo medical tests as part of a probe into her mental fitness, saying she hadn't shown good cause for not complying.

  • February 06, 2024

    SpaceX Accused Of Sex Harassment, Retaliation In Calif.

    California's Civil Rights Department has received complaints that SpaceX has fired engineers who raised concerns about sexual harassment, gender discrimination and a hostile work environment created by CEO Elon Musk's public comments, according to complaints viewed by Law360 on Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Review $1.3B India Award Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revisit its decision overturning the enforcement of a $1.3 billion arbitral award issued to an Indian satellite communications company on jurisdictional grounds, despite a scathing dissent from several judges criticizing the appellate court's outlier position on the relevant issue.

  • February 06, 2024

    Judge Accepts DHA's Course-Correct For $65B Tricare Deal

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims explained Tuesday why it cleared an embattled deal for healthcare services for the U.S. Department of Defense, saying the department appropriately handled claims challenging the winning company's small business participation plan.

  • February 06, 2024

    9th Circ. To DOL In Wage Rule Case: 'That's Just Not True'

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday appeared to push back against the federal government's argument that the U.S. Department of Labor's federal contract worker minimum wage rule is lawful because it promotes economy and efficiency.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ex-Contech Exec Asks 4th Circ. To Toss More Convictions

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the former Contech executive who was convicted of bid-rigging both agree that the Fourth Circuit should rethink the decision that wiped out that conviction, but for different reasons — one wants the conviction reinstated, while the other says the panel didn't go far enough.

  • February 06, 2024

    Express Scripts Cites Low Bar To Keep AG Suit In Fed. Court

    Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc. pressed the Ninth Circuit on Monday to let it force its part of a California attorney general antitrust suit over skyrocketing insulin prices into federal court, arguing the enforcer and a U.S. district judge imposed the wrong standards in sending the case back to state court.

  • February 06, 2024

    70 Arrested In NYC Public Housing Bribery Bust

    Dozens of current and former New York City public housing workers were arrested Tuesday in an anti-corruption sweep described by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office as featuring the highest number of federal bribery and extortion charges issued in a single day.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-NYPD Official Cops To NYC Mayor Straw Donor Scam

    A retired New York Police Department inspector and longtime ally of New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Monday pled guilty in Manhattan state court to a misdemeanor conspiracy charge for his part in a scheme to use straw donors to inflate public funding of the mayor's 2021 campaign.

  • February 05, 2024

    SEC's SolarWinds Suit May Chill Disclosures, Ex-Officials Say

    A group of 21 former government officials from both Democratic and Republican administrations has urged a New York federal court to consider the possible chilling effects of public-private information sharing on cyber incidents in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's case against SolarWinds.

  • February 05, 2024

    Wash. Labor Dept. Says ICE Facility Operator Blocking Probes

    Washington state's labor department has alleged in a complaint moved to federal court that private prison operator GEO Secure Services LLC is illegally blocking inspectors from enforcing state workplace safety laws at an immigration detention facility.

Expert Analysis

  • What May Define Contract Disputes Act Jurisdiction In 2024

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    Now is a good time to reflect on how several recent decisions may have limited the government's ability to weaponize jurisdictional prerequisites under the Contract Disputes Act, and how this new direction may affect government contractors and practitioners filing CDA appeals in 2024, say attorneys at Seyfarth.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • The Space Law And Policy Outlook For 2024

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    Expect significant movement in space law, regulation and policy in 2024, as Congress, the administration and independent federal agencies like the Federal Communications Commission address the increasingly congested, contested and competitive nature of space and the space industry, say Paul Stimers and Leighton Brown at Holland & Knight.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Inside Higher Education's New FCA Liability Challenges

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    As the educational sector expands its use of government funding, schools are at increased risk under the False Claims Act, but recent settlements offer valuable lessons about new theories of liability they may face and specific procedures to reduce their exposure, say James Zelenay and Jeremy Ochsenbein at Gibson Dunn.

  • HHS Advisory Highlights Free Product Inducement Risks

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    A recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advisory opinion highlights concerns that valuable free products and other inducements may influence patients and providers to choose one manufacturer’s product over another, notwithstanding that such free healthcare products may be a benefit, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • Bribery Bill Fills Gap In Foreign Corruption Enforcement

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    Congress recently passed the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act, significantly expanding the U.S. government's ability to prosecute foreign officials who seek or demand bribes, but if enacted, the legislation could also create tension with other nations, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray and Mayer Brown.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • Contract Claims Recap: Termination and Accrual

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    Edward Arnold and Bret Marfut at Seyfarth Shaw examine three recent decisions that illustrate why contractors should consider, during the bidding process, impediments to their ability to meet contract requirements, and the need to track the accrual dates of individual claims that may arise during performance to avoid being time-barred.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • 5 Gifts That May Run Afoul Of Government Ethics Rules

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    As the holiday season ramps up, it’s essential to keep in mind that government officials and employees are all subject to specific gift rules, and related violations can lead to consequences far worse than coal in one’s stocking, say Mark Renaud and Rob Walker at Wiley.

  • What DOD Commercial Product Rule Means For Contractors

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    A recent amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, along with forthcoming changes to the definition of what constitutes a subcontract, will offer some relief for commercial products and services contractors, but the U.S. Department of Defense should do more to reduce regulatory burdens, say Daniel Ramish and Jonathan Shaffer at Haynes Boone.

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