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Grant and cooperative-agreement recipients: Are your procurement standards compliant yet?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Local governments, Native American tribes, institutions of higher education, or non-profit organizations (including health care organizations) that receive grants or cooperative agreements (or part of either type of Federal...more

FCA Claim of “Phantom Students” Won’t Continue to Haunt College, Says Ninth Circuit

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The for-profit education company Kaplan, Inc. recently scored a win when the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed Kaplan’s summary judgment victory in a decade-long False Claims Act suit. This case shows that while...more

California Regents File State False Claims Act Case Against Healthcare Providers And Pharmacies For Allegedly Defrauding UC...

The Regents of the University of California (UC) have filed a lawsuit against Studio Pharmacy, Excel Care Pharmacy, Pharma Pro Solutions, California Clinical Trials, and 17 individual defendants, including four physicians and...more

The District of Oregon Rules That the United States May Not Pursue False Claims Act Litigation Against State Entities

by Hogan Lovells on

On April 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon held that the United States may not pursue False Claims Act (FCA) litigation against an arm of the State and dismissed the FCA claims in the...more

Utah employee had no constitutional right to continued employment

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Public employees who have a right to continued employ­ment enjoy constitutional due-process protections that run-of-the-mill at-will employees do not. How can a public employer know if one of its employees enjoys...more

Trump Administration Sending Mixed Signals about Support of LGBT Rights

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In addition to issues involving the environment, immigration, and national security, the Trump Administration has been in the headlines recently for its stance on matters impacting the LGBT community....more

Courts’ Consistent Application of Stevens to State Institutions of Higher Learning

by BakerHostetler on

The United States Supreme Court recently declined review of the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that the University of Massachusetts Medical School was an “arm of the state,” and thus, not subject to the federal False...more

University Pays $1.17 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations of Mismanagement of Federally-Funded Grants

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The Department of Justice recently announced that Jackson State University (“JSU”) will pay $1.17 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”) by mismanaging National Science Foundation (“NSF”)...more

Supreme Court Avoids Opportunity to Create Unified Test for Government Affiliation under the False Claims Act

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On January 9, 2017, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in three cases concerning the issue of whether state student loan agencies and universities are protected by government immunity from False Claims Act (“FCA”) suits. In...more

Seventh Circuit Applies Escobar Standard to Once Again Reject False Claims Act Liability Based on Implied False Certification...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 24, 2016, the Seventh Circuit applied the standard announced by the Supreme Court in United Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016), for False Claims Act (“FCA”) liability...more

Universities and Colleges Must be Vigilant When Certifying Student Loans

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In Jackson v. Univ. of N. Texas, et. al., the University of North Texas (“UNT”) and various student loan companies faced allegations of improper oversight of student loan certifications and claims submissions in violation of...more

Universities Are Prime Targets for False Claims Act Liability

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Colleges and universities receive billions of dollars in federal funds, whether through research grants or student financial aid, or even by billing Medicare or Medicaid for services rendered at academic medical centers. As a...more

Eighth Circuit Considers Materiality Under the FCA Following the Supreme Court’s Escobar Decision

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 19, 2016, the Eighth Circuit issued one of the first post-Escobar opinions addressing materiality under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). In United States ex rel. Miller v. Weston Educational, Inc, No. 14-1760, 2016 WL...more

Whistleblowers on Campus: DOJ Adds Research Universities to its False Claims Act Focus

by Carlton Fields on

Federal funding is the grand prize for higher education research institutions. Each year, the federal government pumps hundreds of millions of dollars in research grants and awards into the university system. These funds are...more

Seventh Circuit Revisits Sanford-Brown, Rejects Implied Certification Claim

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In one of the few cases to apply the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Universal Health Services v. Escobar, the Seventh Circuit recently revisited and affirmed its prior rejection of an implied certification claim under the...more

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Enforces Parties’ Stipulation to Remedies and Waiver of Judicial Review in Administrative Proceeding

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While many of us spent this past Halloween gorging on a variety of candies and sweets, Wisconsin’s court of appeals was busy rendering an opinion that likely left Travis Technology High School (“Travis Tech”) with a decidedly...more

Potential split emerges regarding the proper interpretation of the Supreme Court’s decision in Escobar

by Dentons on

As we previously reported, the Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016), appears clear in its holdings that: (1) implied certification may support...more

Department of Defense Proposes New Uniform Grant and Cooperative Agreement Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On November 7, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) published six Notices of Proposed Rulemakings that collectively update the agency's existing interim regulations governing awards of grants and cooperative agreements. 81...more

"Employment Flash - October 2016"

Spotlight on Whistleblower Protections - On October 24, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a “risk alert” regarding SEC registrants’ compliance with Rule 21 F-17, which implements Section 21F of...more

SuperVision Today - October 2016

In this edition of SuperVision Today, Carrie Harris offers timely advice in this election season for employers who are dealing with divisive non-work issues in the workplace. Mitch Rhein explains the upcoming changes to the...more

False Claims Act Lawsuits Increasingly Target Universities

by WilmerHale on

Research universities have increasingly become targets for False Claims Act actions, both by private plaintiffs and by the government. Because the FCA began as a statute focused on government procurement and has only more...more

Lease-Leaseback Legislation Signed Into Law

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California School District Construction Projects Will be Impacted - The lease-leaseback construction delivery method for K-12 school facilities projects changed under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown....more

First Circuit Adopts “Arm of the State” Test to Affirm Dismissal of FCA Complaint

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In January 2016 in a matter of first impression, the First Circuit held that the University of Massachusetts Medical School is a state agency, and therefore not a “person” subject to liability in a False Claims Act (“FCA”)...more

IRS releases updated safe harbors for management contracts in tax-exempt bond-financed projects

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2016-44. The purpose of this revenue procedure is to provide revised and broader “safe harbors” under which certain private management contracts will...more

IRS Loosens Restrictions on Safe Harbors for Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Property

The Internal Revenue Service, in Revenue Procedure 2016-44, has loosened the restrictions on safe harbors for management contracts entered into by governmental issuers of tax-exempt bonds in connection with facilities...more

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