Government Contracts

  • January 29, 2024

    Justices Set March Arguments In Tribal Healthcare Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in March on two federal government petitions seeking to overturn orders that have the potential to cost $2 billion a year to support Native American tribes that provide insurer-funded services to their members.

  • January 29, 2024

    3 Ex-DHS Staffers Get Prison, Probation For Software Theft

    Three former U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees have been sentenced to prison or probation for their alleged roles in conspiring to steal proprietary software and sensitive law-enforcement databases from the government in a scheme to develop a commercial product for sale.

  • January 29, 2024

    Military Contractor Pays $16M In Wages After DOL Probes

    A disaster management company and 61 subcontractors cheated about 2,800 workers out of approximately $16 million in wages and almost 25,000 hours of paid sick time while they provided aid to Afghan refugees at a New Jersey military base, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Federal Employers May Not Weigh Applicants' Salary Histories

    On the 15th anniversary of the enactment of a major anti-pay discrimination bill, the Biden administration on Monday announced several new pay equity measures for federal employees, including one that would bar federal agencies and contractors from considering a job applicant's salary history.

  • January 29, 2024

    V&E Atty Joins Debevoise As National Security Co-Leader

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has hired an attorney with over 30 years of experience working in government and private practice to co-lead the firm's national security practice in Washington, D.C., according to a Monday announcement.

  • January 29, 2024

    IRS Worker Gets 5 Years For Airing Tax Info On Trump, Others

    A former IRS contractor who copped to stealing the tax returns of thousands of wealthy people, including former President Donald Trump, and leaking them to the media will serve five years in prison.

  • January 26, 2024

    Elections Agency Broke Contracting Rules, OIG Says

    The federal agency tasked with improving elections does not comply with many Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements in its procurement process, a government watchdog said Friday, mainly blaming the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's problems on its lack of a contracting officer.

  • January 26, 2024

    Enviro Group Launches New Bid To Block Colo. Water Project

    A Colorado environmental group has asked a federal judge to toss approval by the Army Corps of Engineers of a major water pipeline and reservoir project, alleging the agency violated federal laws by failing to consider less environmentally damaging alternatives when analyzing the Northern Integrated Supply Project.

  • January 26, 2024

    Oglala Sioux File Suit For More Law Enforcement Funding

    The Oglala Sioux Tribe has accused the U.S. government of failing to help it hire enough law enforcement officers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, saying in a South Dakota federal lawsuit that the U.S. Department of the Interior must adhere to its treaty and trust responsibilities.

  • January 26, 2024

    GAO Rejects Challenge To Pentagon's $44B Medical Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office rejected a medical firm's efforts to again upend a pending $44 billion defense contract for professional medical services, saying the Defense Health Agency's revamped evaluation methodology appropriately accounted for bidders' proposed pricing.

  • January 26, 2024

    6th Circ. Backs Rehire Of Union Guard Fired For Sleeping

    A security company must reinstate a guard who was accused of sleeping on the job and subsequently terminated, the Sixth Circuit ruled on Friday, finding an arbitrator relied on the parties' collective bargaining agreement when issuing the award that said the worker wasn't let go for just cause.

  • January 26, 2024

    Appeals Board Lets Contractor's CARES Act Claims Proceed

    An Oklahoma contractor can pursue reimbursement from the Air Force for the cost of keeping its employees ready to work during COVID-19 lockdowns, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has ruled, rejecting the government's view that the board lacked jurisdiction.

  • January 26, 2024

    SolarWinds Says SEC Aims To 'Revictimize' It With Cyber Suit

    SolarWinds on Friday urged a New York federal judge to toss the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuit accusing the software provider of failing to tell investors about cybersecurity weaknesses prior to a Russian-linked data breach, saying the charges are "as unfounded as they are unprecedented."

  • January 26, 2024

    House Small Biz Committee Investigating $61B VA IT Deal

    Leaders of the House of Representatives' Small Business Committee have said they will investigate the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' decision to award only 30 contracts under a high-profile $60.7 billion information technology contract, raising concerns that small businesses had been "unnecessarily" excluded from the deal.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    Ex-LA Pol Huizar Gets 13 Years For Taking Bribes, Tax Evasion

    A California federal judge sentenced former Los Angeles City Councilor Jose Huizar to 13 years in prison Friday for a yearslong "pay-to-play" scheme that raked in nearly $2 million in bribes from developers in return for approving projects, describing his conduct as "outrageous" and criticizing the politician for showing little remorse.

  • January 25, 2024

    Judge Rejects Late Concession, Despite Possibly Absurd Trial

    A Colorado federal judge on Thursday rejected a joint venture's last-minute bid to concede liability on a $5 million claim ahead of a trial next week over a state toll lanes expansion, concluding his hands were tied even though it may be silly to forge ahead with trying the claim.

  • January 25, 2024

    Newman Suspension Row Should Stay In Fed. Circ., Judge Told

    U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman can't take her challenge of her Federal Circuit suspension to an outside judge, a D.C. federal judge heard Thursday as he considers if he has the authority to intervene in the circuit's investigation of the 96-year-old's alleged "significant mental deterioration."

  • January 25, 2024

    ICE Allowed Unecessary Hysterectomies, DHS Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security inspector general reported Thursday that surgical procedures for noncitizens in government custody were not always properly approved, including two hysterectomies performed without documentation showing they were medically necessary.

  • January 25, 2024

    Multi-Award Contract Issues May Limit New Bill's Impact

    A new bill that would eliminate price as a consideration in certain multi-award government contracts will give more businesses the opportunity to compete for federal dollars, but existing challenges such as contentious scoring factors and a diminished ability to protest awards may blunt its impact.

  • January 25, 2024

    Northrop Grumman Reveals $1.56B Hit Over B-21 Bomber

    Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Thursday that it took a nearly $1.56 billion hit on the initial production phase for its B-21 Raider stealth bomber, saying that the first batch of five of the aircraft would likely come at a loss.

  • January 25, 2024

    Feds Say Contractor Overcharged DOE Thousands Of Hours

    The federal government has taken up a whistleblower's claims that the primary mission support contractor for the decommissioned Hanford nuclear site overcharged the U.S. Department of Energy for tens of thousands of unworked hours on a $4 billion contract.

  • January 25, 2024

    Ex-Director Says Off-Label Marketing Objections Cost Him Job

    The former director of government sales for a major pharmaceutical company alleged in a retaliation lawsuit that he was fired for voicing concerns about the business illegally selling a drug to federal health care providers by marketing it for uses that aren't approved by regulators.

  • January 25, 2024

    Service Snag Delays Hospital Operator's Ch. 11 Confirmation

    California-based hospital operator Alecto Healthcare Services LLC will wait until March to seek confirmation of its proposed Chapter 11 plan as a small-business debtor, after attorneys told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Thursday it hadn't served notice of the proposal to roughly 700 creditors. 

  • January 25, 2024

    Hawaii Landlords Want Water Pollution Suits In Arbitration

    Two Hawaii-based landlords are asking a federal judge to throw out three putative class actions from tenants who allege the property owners failed to mitigate nearby water contamination, saying their leases contain mandatory arbitration clauses.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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