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Government Contractor Defense May Apply to Commercially Available Products

The California Court of Appeal has confirmed that the “government contractor” defense may apply to products made available to both the federal government and commercial markets, even where the defendant did not design or...more

Asbestos Alert: Government Contractor Defense Available to Broker Which Arranged for Asbestos-Containing Insulation to Be Provided...

California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (November 22, 2016) - The Government Contractor defense is available in asbestos lawsuits brought against manufacturers and suppliers of military hardware and...more

CFPB enters into consent order with credit union

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with Navy Federal Credit Union to settle allegations that the credit union engaged in unfair and deceptive collection practices in violation of the Consumer...more

CFPB Settles with National Credit Union Over Alleged Deceptive Debt Collection Practices

On October 11, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a national credit union over allegations that the credit union made false and misleading representations to...more

D.C. Circuit Rules That the 8(a) Program is Constitutional, But Its Reasoning Raises Questions

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a split decision holding that § 8(a) of the Small Business Act does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the...more

ASBCA Questions Consideration of Materiality in Certain Cost Accounting Change Cases

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA or the Board) recently released a decision addressing the final issue of materiality in the long saga of the Raytheon accounting change case. ASBCA No. 58068, August 9,...more

Claim Narrowed by Specification is Saved from Indefiniteness but too Narrow to be Infringed

In Liberty Ammunition, Inc., v. U.S., [2015-5057, 2015-5061] (August 30, 2016), the Federal Circuit reversed the Court of Claims decision that that ammunition rounds used by the United States Army embody the claims of Liberty...more

Government Contractors Can Learn From Yogi Berra: Failure to Follow Correct Claim Submission Procedures Results in Jurisdictional...

The late, great Yogi Berra once said that “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” Sometimes it seems as if Yogi’s logic is equally applicable to the claims process in the world of Government contracting,...more

Norton Simon Museum Prevails Against Von Saher Claim to Cranachs Looted by the Nazis

Just as it appeared that the first trial in years would begin next month on a claim of Nazi-looted art, the much publicized Von Saher case has come to an end with a judgment that entered yesterday. The U.S. District Court...more

The “Rule of Two” Rules the Day in Supreme Court’s Decision Against the VA

The recently decided case of Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States marks a big win for small business-owning veterans. The Supreme Court unanimously decided that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - July 2016

State Department Increases Penalties for Arms Export Control Act Violations - On June 7, the U.S. Department of State announced the implementation of “catch-up” adjustments to the maximum civil monetary penalties (CMPs)...more

Court of Federal Claims Rules Contracting Officer’s Failure to Exercise Independent Business Judgment Renders Partial Termination...

Securiforce Int’l America, LLC v. United States, 125 Fed. Cl. 749 (March 21, 2016) - Plaintiff Securiforce International America, LLC (“Securiforce”) was awarded a contract by the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (“DLA...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Public-Disclosure-Bar Dismissal Based On Information Posted to Websites

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a district court’s dismissal of a qui tam action under the oft-litigated, “public disclosure bar,” where the transactions that gave rise to an inference of...more

Construction Law Group News: Veteran-Owned Contractors: SCOTUS Reaffirms the “Rule of Two,” which is Good for You!

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week in Kingdomware Techs., Inc. v. U.S. should create more opportunities for veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (collectively, "VOSBs") to win contracts...more

Fed. Circ. Further Dulls CDA's Statute Of Limitations

A few years back, a string of decisions at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims invoked the Contract Disputes Act’s six-year statute of limitations to dispose of several long-pending...more

Second Circuit Finds FCA Claims about Night-Vision Goggles Lack Sufficient Particularity

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to dismiss FCA claims alleging that defendants supplied $1.5 billion worth of deficient night-vision goggles to the U.S. military. United...more

Recent Decision Underscores the Importance of Keeping Detailed and Accurate Daily Logs

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals’ (ASBCA) recent decision in Dick Pacific Constr. Co., Ltd, serves as an important reminder to federal construction contractors that keeping consistent and detailed daily logs is...more

Job Applicant Was Rejected Due to Dishonesty, Not Prior Lawsuit, Says Sixth Circuit

On April 8, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a judgment in favor of an employer in Hance v. BNSF Railway Company, a failure-to-hire retaliation case brought under the Uniformed Services Employment and...more

Unusual Antitrust Agencies’ Guidance on Defense Mergers

The Department of Justice (Justice) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today issued an unusual joint statement that highlighted their continued commitment to preserve defense industry competition by closely reviewing...more

Whistleblowers Suffer Another Implied Certification Theory Defeat — But Supreme Court Showdown Looms

Adding its voice to an issue soon to be argued before the Supreme Court, an Alabama federal court recently dismissed a False Claims Act (“FCA”) complaint, holding that complying with a federal disclosure regulation was not a...more

Appellate Court Refuses to Vacate Voluntary Dismissal Undertaken With Mistaken Belief Claim Was Time-Barred

In Cottrell as Trustee v. Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp., 41 Fla. L. Weekly D141f, 2D14-5885 (Fla. 2d DCA Jan. 8, 2016), Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal examined the applicability of Rule 1.540(b) to notices...more

False Claims Act Update: A Statistical Review of 2015 and Key Events for 2016

As reported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a December 2015 press release, the False Claims Act (FCA) remains the federal government’s primary means for combating fraud. In 2015, the DOJ recovered $3.583 billion in FCA...more

Court Denies Counsel’s Attempt To Use Confidential Documents Obtained In Reinsurance Arbitration In Separate Litigation

A reinsurer that was engaged in a London arbitration against a captive insurer of a defense contractor for the U.S. Navy had obtained documents from the Navy subject to a an agreed confidentiality protective order limiting...more

False Claims Act: 2015 Year in Review

This year continued the trend of aggressive False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and high volumes of qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers. In fiscal year 2015, the DOJ marked the fourth...more

An Evolving Landscape: Timeliness of government disallowance of expenses contained in incurred cost proposals may depend on...

The last three years have seen a run of Contract Disputes Act (CDA) statute of limitations (SOL) cases involving contractor incurred cost proposals (ICP). The sledding has been more difficult for contractors after the Federal...more

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