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Project In(Site): Legal Developments Impacting Construction & Government Contract Industries

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Project In(Site), Seyfarth’s Construction and Government Contracts practice groups’ publication focusing on decisions or other items of interest for construction and government contract...more

A Case to Watch: Highway Contractor Appeals $663M False Claims Act Judgment

On August 31, 2015, highway contractors Trinity Industries, Inc. and Trinity Highway Products, LLC (collectively, Trinity) appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit a $663,360,750 final judgment entered...more

KBR And Maintaining Privilege Throughout Investigations

Last month, for the second time, the D.C. Circuit in In re Kellogg Brown & Root Inc., No. 14-5319, slip op. (D.C. Cir. Aug. 11, 2015), granted a writ of mandamus sought by KBR and vacated a series of district court orders...more

D.C. Circuit Reinforces Attorney-Client Privilege Applicable to Internal Investigations

On August 11, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District Court of Columbia issued a decision of importance to all companies that seek to maintain privilege with respect to internal investigations. The D.C....more

Persons Convicted for Participating in the Fraudulent Scheme Are Barred from Pursuing an FCA Action

The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA) are broad in scope and permit a wide array of individuals to pursue FCA litigation as relators acting on behalf of the Government. However, the ability of individuals to...more

New Jersey’s Appellate Division Holds State May Be Liable for Cleanup Costs under New Jersey’s Spill Act

Action Item: On August 26, 2015, in a case of first impression, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in NL Indus., Inc. v. State of New Jersey, No. A0869-14T3, 2015 N.J. Super. LEXIS 161 (N.J. Super. Ct....more

Escrowed Payments May Leave Federal Subcontractors High and Dry

Companies providing products or services as subcontractors to prime federal contractors often struggle with how best to ensure prompt and full payments from primes. Prime contractors, particularly small business concerns,...more

OFCCP Launches Class Member Locator Website, Disclosing Conciliation Agreements

Today, the Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP), launched its “Class Member Locator,” a website designed to help the agency “identify protected class members” that may have been affected by illegal...more

Relator’s Allegations from Prior Lawsuit Serves as Basis for Public Disclosure Bar Dismissal

In United States ex rel. Wilhelm v. Molina Healthcare of Florida, No. 12-24298, 2015 WL 5562313 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 22, 2015), the court provided further clarification on two frequently litigated issues of the FCA’s public...more

Huge Stark Law Hospital Settlements and Physician Culpability - The New Normal Post-Tuomey?

After the federal government’s victory against Tuomey Hospital, we have seen an increasing number of large False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with hospitals involving Stark Law allegations. Relators are even citing, as...more

Court of Federal Claims Holds Contractor’s Duty to Continue Performance Under Disputes Clause May Be Excused Where Government...

Vanguard Constr., Inc. v. United States, 2015 U.S. Claims LEXIS 1158 (Fed. Cl. Sep. 8, 2015) The United States Air Force (the “Government”) entered into a contract with Vanguard Construction, Inc. (“Contractor”) to replace a...more

U.S. Government Patent Infringement Precludes Induced Infringement

In Astornet Technologies, Inc. v. BAE Systems, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissed of actions for induced infringement where the alleged direct infringer was the U.S. government. In particular,...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update: Recent Developments & Unsealed Cases - September 2015

Trends & Analysis - Since our last Qui Tam Update, we have identified 39 health-related False Claims Act (“FCA”) qui tam cases that have been unsealed. Of those cases...more

Whew! That Was Close – D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Application of Attorney-Client Privilege and Attorney Work Product Doctrine in...

On August 11, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a writ of mandamus supporting the robust applicability of the attorney-client privilege and attorney work product doctrines in the context of False...more

FCA Cases and SBA Protests

False Claims Act - As you know, the False Claims Act suit is brought against a contractor (whether through a whistleblower/relator or by the government alone) and carries very heavy civil and potentially criminal...more

Qui Tam Lawsuits and the Statute of Limitations

In Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter, 575 U.S. ___) (2015), Justice Alito stated “[t]he False Claims Act’s qui tam provisions present many interpretive challenges.” Lawyers and judges who...more

A Tale of Two Protests: Itemized SBA JV Agreements and Dependence on a Large Business Determination Not Upheld

Recently, two Small Business cases that came out that are notable. Both protests affect Small Business Administration interpretation and application of affiliation rules. The first protest defeated a joint venture agreement...more

Whistleblower Filed Too Early & Too Late for Share of $322M SCAN Scam Recovery

During his days as a data encounter manager at SCAN, Jim suspected the company had been double-billing Medicare and Medicaid for years. He expressed his concerns within SCAN. When he refused a job reassignment, he was fired....more

Court Throws Wet Blanket On Prime Contractor's Attorneys' Fees Request In Prompt Payment Case

In James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., et al. (No. C072169, filed 8/27/15), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld the trial court's discretion to not award...more

Preserving the Corporate Privilege in Internal Investigations: DC Circuit Clarifies Scope of the Privilege in Important Series of...

For the second time in just over a year, the DC Circuit granted the extraordinary remedy of a writ of mandamus to protect a company’s assertion of privilege over materials relating to an internal investigation. In a...more

Are FCA Retaliation Claims Against Supervisors, Executives Viable?

When the False Claims Act (FCA) retaliation provision was amended in 2009, the amendment was not explicit as to whether plaintiffs could only recover for retaliation claims against companies, or whether plaintiffs also could...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Explains and Applies Active Interference Exception to No Damage for Delay Clause

John Spearly Constr., Inc. v. Penns Valley Area Sch. Dist., 2015 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 337 (Pa. Commw. Ct. July 24, 2015) - This action arose out of the construction of a biomass boiler system for the Penns Valley Area School...more

Reed Smith Instrumental in New Proposed Regulations Concerning the Sales Taxation of Shipping Charges in Illinois

On August 28, 2015, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s (the “Department”) proposed regulations clarifying the Department’s position on the sales taxation of shipping charges were posted to the Illinois Register, commencing...more

Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act Does Not Apply to Public Projects

Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”) is a powerful tool for contractors and subcontractors to ensure that they receive prompt payment for their work and may entitle them to expansive remedies,...more

"DC Circuit Dismisses Challenge to SEC Rule 206(4)-5"

On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the D.C. District Court’s dismissal of a challenge to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pay-to-play Rule 206(4)-5 (the Rule) and...more

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