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Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2014 #1

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Proposed Rule to Amend FAR, Information on Corporate Contractor Performance and Integrity - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA),...more

"U.S. v. Novartis: Reaffirming the Importance of Updating and Adhering to Corporate Policies"

A recent decision in a false claims act case, United States ex rel. Bilotta v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Novartis), underscores the importance of policing employee adherence to corporate policies and industry...more

Recent False Claims Act Decision Provides Important Guidance To Manufacturers And Resellers About Trade Agreements Act Compliance

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld a District Court's dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against a federal government contractor in a case that will be of...more

White House Announcement Of Awards Under Defense Production Act

On September 19, 2014, Secretary Vilsack was joined by Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, and Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, to announce contract awards to three separate companies to produce over one million gallons...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - February 2014

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler's government contracts practice group to inform our clients of the latest developments in federal government contracting. This update covers the...more

California Takes Pioneering Role on Energy Storage Policy

I noted in July that emerging energy storage technologies have received increasing attention from policymakers as an essential element for improving the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid. Adequate storage is...more

Technology & Sourcing News - September 2013 (Global)

Procurement and Public Sector Equality Duty Review - On 6 September 2013, the Minister for Women and Equalities published a statement on the outcome of the review. Mobile banking - supporting an innovative and secure...more

A Reply to the New England Journal of Medicine

In its August 29, 2013 edition, the New England Journal of Medicine saw fit to print two "perspective" pieces attacking the Bayh-Dole Act. The primary article is by Dr. Howard Markel entitled "Patents, Profits, and the...more

Patents, Genetic Testing, and Federal Funding

In a July 12, 2013 letter to Dr. Francis S. Collins of the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”), Senator Patrick J. Leahy urged the NIH to exercise its march-in rights under the Bayh-Dole Act to directly license the genetic...more

What Export Control Reform Means for You: Let Us Cl-EAR Up Changes to the ITAR – Episode I: The Basics – Five Points to Remember...

The first major wave of the much-discussed U.S. Export Control Reform measures will break on October 15, 2013 as the first round of rule changes take effect. While many in the affected industries expect that the October...more

"Health Care Enforcement Update: What Is in Store for the Next Five Years"

While predicting enforcement trends over the next five years is not without uncertainty, the best marker for future activity may be to look to the past. We believe that industry members and counsel can expect the Department...more

PODs Beware: OIG Releases Special Fraud Alert

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a Special Fraud Alert on March 26, 2013 warning that physician-owned distributorships (PODs) are "inherently suspect" under the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Generally...more

OIG Special Fraud Alert Labels Physician-Owned Distributorships (PODs) as “Inherently Suspect”

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (the “OIG”) issued a Special Fraud Alert (“Alert”) on March 26, underscoring its heightened focus on fraud and abuse risks posed by physician-owned...more

340B Drug Pricing Program: Recent Developments

The 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) continues to undergo a period of intense scrutiny and debate over how compliance with program rules is enforced. As previously reported in the May 30, 2012 edition of Foley’s Legal...more

Predicating False Claims Act Liability On False Cost Estimates May Impact Contractors' Willingness to Take On Projects Involving...

In 1995, the U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin the RSA II Contract (the “Contract”) for the provision of software and hardware used to support space launch operations at Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cape Kennedy....more

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's First Interpretation of the 2008 Right-To-Know Law: Release of Third-Party Contractor/Vendor...

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued its first decision interpreting the new Right-to-Know Law, requiring a municipal stadium authority to produce bids in possession of its private management company, but setting forth a...more

NC: Cutting Edge R&D and Cutting Edge Corporate Espionage

The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that corporate espionage has cost American companies $13 billion from trade secrets stolen by company insiders and given to hostile foreign governments. To combat this...more

OFAC, BIS Double Up Flow Serve: What the Flowserve Settlement Says About Corporate Compliance Programs

In late September, Flowserve Corporation (“Flowserve”) and a number of its subsidiaries agreed to settle alleged export violations with the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry of Security (“BIS”) for $2.5 million, and...more

OIG Publishes Fiscal Year 2012 Work Plan

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its work plan for the 2012 fiscal year in which it described its primary objectives for the year. We identify below, by...more

Military Flash Drive Producer Sued For Copyright And Patent Infringement

California based IronKey is being slapped with two lawsuits in federal court. One is for patent infringement, the other copyright infringement. Most companies that do business in the technology area are global in reach,...more

Supreme Court Decision: Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

In its decision announced yesterday in Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., 563 U.S. ___ (2011), the Supreme Court clarified the ownership of inventions resulting from...more

Overview of PRC Contract Law Principles and Tips on Contract Drafting for China Market

An Overview of PRC Contract Law and Tips on Risk Management in Legal Drafting for the China Market...more

Fixed-Price Development Contracting: When Politics Trump Basic Contracting Principles

Veterans of Government contracting know that despite a myriad of technological advances and the increasing oversight of defense contractors, basic rules of thumb continue to underlie successful contract performance. Failure...more

How to Become a United States Government Contractor

This article discloses how to become eligible for government contracts and research grants. It does not address getting on the GSA schedule....more

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