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Supreme Court Grants Cert in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez

In a move that may greatly impact litigation under the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act (TCPA) and potentially other acts that provide statutory damages for violations, the high court will hear arguments in a case questioning...more

Can A Law Firm Qualify As An Original Source?

Although a Federal district court refrained from providing a definitive answer to this question, it appears unlikely given the court’s holding and reasoning in United States v. U.S. Bank, N.A., No. 3:13-cv-704, 2015 WL...more

Supreme Court to decide whether an offer of judgment for full relief moots a named plaintiff’s class-action claims

Article III of the Constitution limits the jurisdiction of the federal courts to “cases” and “controversies.” The Supreme Court has held that “‘an actual controversy … be extant at all stages of review, not merely at the time...more

Critical Change for Serving Preliminary 20-Day Notices for Arizona Public Projects

Cemex v. Falcone Bros. On April 30, 2015, Arizona’s most common construction industry practice for serving a Preliminary Twenty Day Notice (“Prelim”) on an Arizona public project — first class mail with certificate of...more

The SJC Walks Back the GE Decision; State Agencies Can Protect Work Product

In its 1999 decision in GE v. DEP, the SJC surprised most Massachusetts lawyers by ruling that the Commonwealth’s Public Records Act (our version of FOIA) did not have an exemption for work product materials and that it had...more

Ober|Kaler's Construction Group Helps Client Win Bid Protest in Connecticut and Secure $153,000,000 Public Works Contract

Joseph C. Kovars and Jackson B. Boyd of Ober|Kaler's Construction Group recently helped a client win a bid protest in Connecticut and secure a contract worth over $153,000,000 to improve and expand a water pollution control...more

Incorporation Of AAA Rules “Clearly And Unmistakably” Delegates Questions Of Arbitrability To Arbitrator

In a putative class action for denial of employment benefits brought by security contractors against their hiring firm, Blackwater Security Consulting, the court found that the governing agreements delegated the issue of...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Sanctions for Frivolous and Retaliatory False Claims Act Suit

On May 1, 2015, in United States ex rel. Jacobs v. Lambda Res., Inc., No. 14-3705, 2015 WL 1948247 (6th Cir. May 1, 2015), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s award of sanctions against a relator and...more

DOL Burdens Davis Bacon Contractors With Employee Lodging Costs

The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) released its long-awaited opinion in the Weeks Marine case. In that decision, ARB announced a rule that is an important development for federal government...more

Stop, Think, and Be Careful What You Ask For: Lessons and Opportunities Created by Recent Arbitration Ruling

On April 21, 2015, the Missouri Court of Appeals in City of Chesterfield v. Frederich Construction Inc. upheld an arbitration award that included substantial attorneys' fees to the prevailing party, in a construction case...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases

Trends & Analysis - ..We have identified 67 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed since the cases covered in our last Qui Tam Update. Of those cases, 29 were filed before January 1, 2014, with seven...more

Growing Use of Sampling in FCA Cases

In prior years, sampling has been at issue in FCA cases largely in the context of damages. Specifically, where there were allegations of a specific course of wrongful conduct that allegedly impacted large volumes of claims,...more

Federal District Court in Nevada Denies Contractor’s Motion to Stay Subcontractor’s Miller Act Suit Pending Resolution of...

KBW Assocs. v. Jaynes Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18220 (D. Nev. Feb. 13, 2015). This action arose out of the construction of additions to existing buildings at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada (the...more

Qui Tam Actions on the Rise, but they Fall Short When the DOJ Does Not Intervene

The number of qui tam actions–lawsuits brought by whistleblowers on behalf of the United States–has increased in recent years, more than doubling from 2003 to 2013. ...more

Judge Endorses Extrapolation Techniques for False Claims Act Whistleblowers

In a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act ("FCA") a federal district judge in Florida recently rejected a defendant's challenge to a statistical sampling and extrapolation methodology advanced by a qui tam plaintiff's...more

What to Do if You Receive a Subpoena for Documents From the US Department of Justice

Receiving an unexpected Department of Justice (“DOJ”) subpoena for documents and testimony is a jarring experience for anyone in Government contracting. But more and more contractors may receive such subpoenas as the...more

It Ain’t Over Till it’s Over. Why Project Completion in California Isn’t as Straightforward as You Think

Why “Completion” is Important in California - In California, project “completion,” is important not only for getting paid, but for also understanding the deadlines associated with California’s statutory construction...more

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal: No Surface Activity Means No Duty to Consult First Nations

In its recent decision in Buffalo River Dene Nation v. Saskatchewan (Energy and Resources), the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan held that the government was not required to consult the Buffalo River Dene Nation (BRDN) before...more

Court Rules: Standard for Evaluating Reimbursement of Skilled Nursing Medicare Claims Was Material Improvement

A False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit in Georgia was dismissed on March 31, 2015, after a federal district judge ruled that the government’s expert witnesses used the wrong standard to determine whether certain skilled therapy...more

U.S. Files Complaint Against Leading Non-Bank Mortgage Lender For Alleged Improper Underwriting Practices on FHA-Insured Loans...

On April 17, Quicken Loans filed a preemptive lawsuit against the DOJ and HUD in the Eastern District of Michigan against HUD, the HUD-IG, and DOJ, asserting that it “appears to be one of the targets (due to its large size)...more

Don’t Sit on Your Hands: Intervene at OHA If the NAICS Code Matters to You

A recent decision from the Federal Circuit clarified whether the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) has jurisdiction to review the selection of North American Industry Classification System (“NAICS”) codes and reminded small...more

Difficulty in Obtaining the Approval of an Individual Surety

In a recent decision issued by the United States Court of Federal Claims, Anthem Builders, Inc. v. United States, April 6, 2015, WL 1546437, the Court considered a protest involving the proposed use of an individual surety...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC19245 - Nation-Bailey v. Bailey - SC19245 Concurrence - Nation-Bailey v. Bailey Holding that a separation agreement that requires the payment of unallocated alimony and child support ‘‘until the …. [w]ife’s...more

Termination for Convenience Contract Provision Retains Responsibility for Liquidated Damages

Most construction contracts between an owner and prime contractor provide the owner with the right to terminate the contract for cause or for convenience. In an important decision released in early April, the Connecticut...more

Third Circuit Holds Subcontractor To Its Proposal On Grounds of Promissory Estoppel

DCK TTEC, LLC v. Postel Industries, Inc., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 2775 (3d Cir. Feb. 25, 2015) - This action arose out of the construction of two maintenance hangars at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona (the...more

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