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Challenge To The Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Rule To Be Heard On October 21, 2016

On October 7, 2016, the first lawsuit challenging the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”) and its Final Rule and Guidance (collectively the “Rule”) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...more

Summer Tendering Update: Reasonable Expectations and Negative Contingencies

A recent decision from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal in Elan Construction considered and clarified two aspects of tendering law....more

First Circuit Affirms Stringent Rule 9(b) Particularity Requirement in False Claims Act Cases

On June 17, 2016, the First Circuit issued an opinion addressing, among other things, the particularity requirement that applies in False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases where the defendants are not alleged to have directly...more

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds That Under Prompt Payment Act, Imposition of Penalty and Attorneys’ Fees Is Discretionary, Not...

Scott Enters., Inc. v. City of Allentown, 2016 Pa. LEXIS 1503 (Pa. July 19, 2016) - The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversed an order of the Commonwealth Court and held that the prompt payment provisions of the...more

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

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

Fourth Circuit Holds False Claims Act Relators Cannot Use Facts Learned by Their Attorney in a Previous Case to Defeat the FCA’s...

Earlier this year, the Fourth Circuit held in United States ex rel. May v. Purdue Pharma L.P., 811 F.3d 636 (2016) that the a complaint that is “based on” relators’ attorney’s work on a prior dismissed FCA action triggers the...more

Missouri Supreme Court Allows Unsuccessful Contract Bidders to Sue Public Agencies

A recent Missouri Supreme Court decision changes the landscape of public contracting in the state by allowing unsuccessful contract bidders to sue public agencies for denying them a fair and equal opportunity to compete. The...more

Alert to Contractors – California Court of Appeals (2d App. Dist.) Rules Subcontractor Price in Proposal Containing Material...

Flintco Pacific, Inc. v. TEC Management Consultants, Inc., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 594 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. June 21, 2016) - There was an important California decision published on July 19, 2016 (decided June 21, 2016)...more

Sons of Cyberlock: Recent Decisions Underscore Challenges in Drafting Enforceable Federal Contracting Teaming Agreements

Teammates pursuing federal contracts should draft their teaming agreements with care to avoid unintended consequences. The Pitfalls of Non-Specific Teaming Agreements - Among other issues, teammates cannot...more

Appellate Court Notes

AC36912 - Whitney v. J.M. Scott Associates, Inc. Plaintiff entered into an employment and stock purchase agreement with the owner of the company, that provided if he were terminated without cause before the end of five...more

DOJ issues interim rule nearly doubling penalties under the False Claims Act

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday, June 30, 2016, issued an interim rule increasing penalties under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §3729 et seq. (FCA) from the current range of $5,500 to $11,000 per false claim,...more

Supreme Court Validates “Implied Certification” Liability Under False Claims Act

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on June 16, 2016, in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7, a case the government contractor and health care communities hoped the Court would use to...more

Subcontractor’s Failure to Strictly Comply With Notice Provision Costs $200,000

Whether you are an owner, contractor, subcontractor or supplier, you will want to read the rest of this post since it illustrates precisely what all those attorneys have been telling you for years: “Please, please, please...more

Summary and Significance of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Escobar

On June 16, 2016, Justice Thomas, writing for a unanimous Court in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar,examined the circumstances under which an “implied false certification” can trigger liability...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of False Claims Act Suit Based on “Off-Label” Marketing

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed an Order of the Eastern District of New York dismissing a qui tam False Claims Act (FCA) suit based on “off-label” marketing of prescription drugs....more

Federal District Court in Florida Considers Damages (Including Delay Costs and Attorneys Fees) and Defenses Available Under the...

United States ex rel Jack Daniels Construction, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 172189 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 28, 2015) - This action arises from the construction of the Joint Intelligence...more

Attorneys Pay Heavy Price for Block-Billing

Lawyers are aware of the increasing sensitivity—and hostility—of clients to block-billing: lumping more than one activity into a single time entry. A new Fifth Circuit decision shows that courts can be equally sensitive—and...more

DOJ Briefing Attempts to Avert Fourth Circuit Ruling on Use of Statistical Sampling in FCA Cases

On March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a brief in an eagerly anticipated case that addresses the use of statistical sampling in FCA cases for the first time at the appellate level. The case is United...more

Olympus to Pay $632.2 Million to Resolve Allegations of Kickbacks

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, the United States’ largest distributor of endoscopes and related medical equipment, recently agreed to pay $623.2 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims, according to a...more

Circuit Court Rules that Ambiguous Regulatory Requirements Cannot Give Rise to FCA Liability

A recent decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit evaluated whether a regulatory requirement was sufficiently ambiguous that it precluded a finding of liability under the False...more

OFCCP Sues B&H for Alleged Discrimination

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) filed an administrative lawsuit against B&H Foto & Electronics Corporation (“B&H”), a major New York-based electronics...more

Bad News, Good News: Supreme Court Clarifies Federal Contractor Immunity Standards

The Supreme Court both limited and expanded the legal standards that relate to federal contractor immunity from lawsuits in a decision released last week. According to the January 20, 2016 decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v....more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Claims

The United States Supreme Court further removed a valuable tool from class action defendants’ arsenals January 20, 2016, ruling 6-3 that a class action cannot be mooted by an offer of judgment conferring full relief to an...more

How Not to Moot a Case: Supreme Court Rules Case Remains Live After Unaccepted Offer of Settlement

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided another case in a line of cases addressing the issue of class action mootness. Specifically, the justices ruled that an unaccepted settlement offer or offer...more

ASBCA continues to undermine a contractor's ability to successfully establish a statute of limitations defense to government cost...

Recently, in Alion Science & Tech. Corp., ASBCA No. 58992 (Nov. 10, 2015), the ASBCA issued yet another decision undermining a contractor's ability to successfully raise a Contract Disputes Act (CDA) statute of limitations...more

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