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The Construction Advantage – Issue 7

Reed Construction Data – Economy Improving Slowly but Surely - Reed Construction Data reports that the economy continues to improve but challenges remain. Based upon recent construction data from Reed Construction, the...more

White Collar Watch - July 2014

In This Issue: - Move over Big Pharma: Health care is not the only industry susceptible to False Claims Act scrutiny - Third Circuit affirms dismissal of False Claims Act suit, citing contract...more

California Court of Appeal Allows Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Contractors on Public Works Projects

Public works contractors: Beware of accusations of corruption. In Gilbane Building Company v. Superior Court, 223 Cal.App.4th 1527 (2014), an appellate court cleared the way for taxpayers to sue contractors for engaging in...more

Move over Big Pharma: Health care is not the only industry susceptible to False Claims Act scrutiny

In contrast to the recent, public and record-breaking False Claims Act settlements with Big Pharma, the government’s intervention in a relator’s suit against a computer software company, alleging that the contractor...more

Omnicare Settles Two Qui Tam Cases Alleging “Swapping” Kickbacks to Nursing Homes

The pharmacy provider agrees to pay US$124 million to resolve allegations of below-cost discounts. On June 25, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had settled with Omnicare, Inc. in two matters alleging...more

Hospitals Urging SCOTUS to Limit False Claims Act Penalties

What do a moving company and a hospital association have in common? The False Claims Act (FCA). The American Hospital Association along with the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Pharmaceutical Research and...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed False Claims Act (FCA) Cases: May 2014

Trends & Analysis: ..We have identified 58 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed since our last Qui Tam Update. Of those, 33 cases were initiated after the start of 2012, with the remaining 25 cases...more

US Appeals Court Lights A Match On Issue Of Government Reimbursement For WWII Aviation Gasoline Waste Disposal

Two weeks ago the United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit re-opened the door to recovery of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA") cleanup costs under contractual provisions...more

Limited Remedies For Concession-Contract Protesters

In a pair of recent decisions, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims clarified the source of its jurisdiction over bid protest actions that involve pure concession contracts as well as the scope of potential relief available to...more

False Statements in Federal Grant Applications Present a Risk of Significant Financial Exposure to Grant Recipients

Two federal appellate courts have upheld awards of damages under the civil False Claims Act (FCA) (31 U.S.C. 3729) equal to three times the total amount of money paid under federal grants (US ex rel Longhi v US); US ex rel...more

License? We Don’t Need No Stinking License!

I know. You’ve heard it from me, or your construction attorney, ad naseum. When in doubt get a license. We’ve paraded out the list of terribles: If you don’t get paid, and you were required to...more

D&O Carrier Allowed to Recoup Defense and Indemnity Costs After Employees Plead Guilty to Misconduct

In Protection Strategies, Inc. v. Starr Indemnity & Liability Co., the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia allowed an insurer to recoup more than $670,000 in costs paid for the insured first to respond to...more

Federal Circuit’s Metcalf Decision a Big Win for Contractors

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) the supervising court for the Court of Federal Claims and the Boards of Contract Appeals, among others) clarified important legal principles...more

Developer's Subdivision Project for County Deemed Private Work of Improvement for Purposes of Subcontractor's Claim, Extending...

The California Court of Appeal recently held that where a developer hires a subcontractor to perform work in connection with a subdivision agreement with a public entity, the project may be considered a private work of...more

In Government's Shoes: The Continuing Force Behind the False Claims Act & Qui Tam Complaints

To combat fraud by contractors selling faulty war supplies to the Union Army, in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the False Claims Act (the “FCA”). Designed to root out fraud on the federal government, this act...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 3

Reaffirming the Iron Hand of an Arbitration Agreement - Does the fact that the named arbitration company has gone out of business make an arbitration clause unenforceable? Given the legislative bias toward arbitration,...more

The Most [Fill in the Blank] Bid Dispute, Ever

We’ve all heard of those lawsuits which cause us to scratch our heads wondering, what were they thinking? Think woman sues fast food restaurant for serving hot coffee, man sues beer company when beautiful women did not...more

Big Payout Rings Bank of America Fraud Trial

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations. - Thomas Jefferson - Edward O'Donnell, a former executive at Countrywide Financial, Inc., may collect up to $1.6 million under an almost forgotten...more

“Entirely Comfortable” With a “Monster”: A Striking Decision From an Unlikely Source About Excessive Fines Under the FCA

As we have discussed before, whistleblower and retaliation decisions—including from the Supreme Court of the United States—have created an increasingly whistleblower-friendly body of law that unifies courts across the...more

Charter Cities Challenge Legislation Restricting Access to State Funding Based on Compliance with Prevailing Wage Law

Cities Sue State Calling SB 7 an Unconstitutional Restriction on Municipal Affairs - Several California charter cities challenged the constitutionality of Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) last week by filing a writ of mandate and...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Scope of State Whistleblower Act

Our previews of the newest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket conclude with State of Illinois ex rel. Pusateri v. The Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company. An unpublished decision from the Fourth Division of...more

13 Changes To California Law In 2014: What Employers Need To Know

Every new year brings employment law changes for California’s employers and, while the Affordable Care Act has taken the spotlight for 2014, a vast array of employment laws deserve special attention from California employers...more

ConstructLaw - January 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Forum-Selection Clauses Are Presumptively Enforceable - Atl. Marine Constr. Co. v. United States Dist. Court 2013 U.S. LEXIS 8775 (U.S. 2013) - This action arose out of a forum-selection...more

Judicial Review of Government Contractor Suspensions

In recent years, the U.S. government has exercised enhanced scrutiny over federal contractors through, among other things, the increased use of its suspension and debarment remedies – fueled in part by reports of contractor...more

False Claims Act Whistleblower Bounties Exceed $345 Million in Fiscal Year 2013

The DOJ has released its Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2013 totals for civil settlements and judgments recovered under the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). To say that the Department had a successful year in prosecuting fraud against...more

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