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CBCA Affirms It Cannot Direct an Agency to Revise a CPAR

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) recently affirmed that it would follow the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) in refusing to direct an agency to revise a Contract...more

Federal district court interprets Stark Laws writing requirement

On March 15, 2017, the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, ruling on cross motions for summary judgment in U.S. ex rel. Tullio Emanuele v. Medicor Associates Inc. et al., provided the first...more

February 2017 Protest Roundup

In February 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released notable decisions addressing (1) the effect of the temporary lapse in GAO’s civilian task order jurisdiction; (2) discussions, clarifications, and...more

Vavra Decision Highlights Avenues for Potential Anti-Kickback Act Liability

On February 3, 2017, the Fifth Circuit decided US ex rel Vavra v. Kellogg Brown & Root, No. 15-41623, 2017 WL 473873 (5th Cir. 2017), determining that defendant KBR could be held vicariously liable under the enhanced penalty...more

Federal Court in Idaho Rules That a Government Contractor May Recover Consultant Fees, So Long as Those Fees Were Incurred in...

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) contracted with Sygnos, Inc. (“Sygnos”) for improvements to the electrical system at a VA hospital in Boise, Idaho. Sygnos subcontracted a portion of the work to...more

Missouri appellate court opens the door to Spearin claims by contractors against public entities

A Missouri appellate court has for the first time recognized that a construction contractor may pursue a breach of contract claim against a public entity owner based on the “Spearin doctrine,” meaning the contractor may...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds That Owner’s Change to Contractor’s Means and Methods Resulted in a “Breach,” Instead of a “Change”...

Port of Houston Auth. of Harris Cnty. v. Zachry Constr. Corp., 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13306 (Tex. App. Houston 14th Dist. Dec. 15, 2016) - This contract dispute dates back to 2004, when the Port of Houston Authority...more

Significant Government Contract Litigation: A Year in Review

Last year provided a number of important claims and cases that further developed various aspects of litigation regarding the Contract Disputes Act (CDA). The major issues raised in some of the more notable claims include...more

Federal Court Holds California Insurance Code Bars Duty to Defend Against False Claims Act Violations

The Central District of California held that Section 533 of the Insurance Code eliminated any potential for coverage for suit under the state False Claims Act. On January 4, the U.S. District Court for the Central...more

2016 Protest Roundup

In addition to our regular recap of key protest decisions by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Court of Federal Claims this month, we have compiled a year-end recap of key bid protest decisions from 2016. The...more

Government Contractor Defense Applies to Commercial Product Supplier

A California appellate court recently affirmed a decision granting summary judgment in favor of an asbestos supplier under the government contractor defense. Kase v. Metaclad Insulation Corp., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 1025 (Cal....more

Eighth Circuit Dismisses Interlocutory FCA Appeal for Lack of Jurisdiction

In this April 2016 decision, the Eighth Circuit held that it lacked jurisdiction to consider the appeal of a two-state agency seeking review of a denial of its motion for summary judgment. Below the two-state agency had...more

Fourth Circuit Clarifies Applicability of FCA Public Disclosure Bar to Amended Complaints

In one of several decisions issued during 2016 addressing the False Claims Act’s Public Disclosure Bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(e)(4), the Fourth Circuit in United States ex rel. Lyle Beauchamp v. Academi Training Center, LLC held...more

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

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

District Court Refuses To Bind Surety To Subcontract Arbitration Clause

An engineering company was hired to perform work in connection with construction and renovation of the South African Embassy, and subcontracted for sheet metal work with a third party. The subcontract contained an arbitration...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

US Supreme Court False Claims Act Decision in Escobar Has Significant Implications for Contractors

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the matter of Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016), changing the legal landscape for False Claims Act qui tam claims...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

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — July 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The July edition of the Insider Report includes a discussion of...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

Supreme Court Recognizes Implied Certification Claims, With Limits

On June 16, 2016, the Supreme Court issued an opinion in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, a case in which the court evaluated the viability of the “implied certification” theory of liability under...more

Supreme Court Endorses Implied Certification Theory under False Claims Act—“At least in some circumstances”

On June 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous opinion addressing the scope and reach of the False Claims Act (“FCA”). Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States et al. ex rel. Escobar et...more

How to Circumvent “No Damages for Delay” Clauses

Most commercial construction contracts contain a “No Damage For Delay” Clause and most contractors mistakenly believe they are Kings X for any potential claims related to delay caused by an owner or original contractor. ...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

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

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