Amy Blackwood

Proskauer Rose LLP

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DOD Issues Proposed Rule Extending Limitations on Contractor Employee Personal Conflicts of Interest

The Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have issued a proposed rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) to extend the...more

4/7/2014 - Conflicts of Interest Contractors DOD FAR Federal Contractors GSA

OFCCP Adds New Resources to Disability and Veterans Community Resources Directory

Last month, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) created the Disability and Veterans Community Resources Directory. The goal of the Directory is to assist contractors in locating community and other...more

4/7/2014 - Disability Federal Contractors OFCCP Veterans

Federal Court Ruling Raises Questions About Privileged Nature Of Certain Internal Investigations

On March 6, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. (“KBR”) must produce to a qui tam relator 89 documents relating to internal investigations...more

3/19/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Corporate Counsel Discovery FCA Internal Investigations Qui Tam Whistleblowers Work Product Privilege

OSHA Issues New Whistleblower Rule Under Food Safety Modernization Act

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published an interim final rule implementing the whistleblower provision of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA or the “Act”). The interim final rule became...more

2/28/2014 - FSMA OSHA Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Supreme Court Considers Review of Two False Claims Act Whistleblower Suits

The Supreme Court is considering whether to hear two whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), both on appeal from the Fourth Circuit. The Supreme Court has asked the U.S. Solicitor General to weigh in before...more

10/16/2013 - False Claims Act Fraud Medicare SCOTUS Whistleblowers WSLA

Federal Government’s FCA Claims Against Iraq Security Contractor Dismissed

The Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a False Claims Act complaint brought by the government and a whistleblower, finding that the government failed to adequately plead that it relied on allegedly false marksmanship...more

6/25/2013 - Contractors Defect False Claims Act Liability

Kinetic Moves To Disqualify Counsel In False Claims Act Qui Tam Action For Improper Use Of Contractor’s Privileged Documents

Arguing that relators’ counsel has retained and used, without authority, more than 800 of its attorney-client privileged and work product documents, Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (“KCI”) has asked the District Court for the Central...more

5/6/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Confidential Documents False Claims Act Qui Tam Work Product Privilege

The Fourth Circuit Suspends Statutes Of Limitations On False Claims Act Claims During Times Of War And Holds That The “First To...

In United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co., No. 12-1011 (4th Cir. Mar. 18, 2013), the Fourth Circuit held that the statute of limitations for False Claims Act claims is suspended during times of war. The court also...more

4/3/2013 - False Claims Act First-to-File Relators Statute of Limitations

Eastern District Of Virginia Rules That Employer Cannot Arbitrate False Claims Act Retaliation Claims

On Wednesday, the Eastern District of Virginia in Winston v. Academi Training Center, Inc., No. 1:12-cv-767 (July 12, 2012), declared an arbitration provision in an independent contractor agreement unconscionable, clearing...more

3/18/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Attorney's Fees Discovery False Claims Act Fraud Independent Contractors Retaliation Unconscionable Contracts

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