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Are Your Federal Contractor Employees Required To Have Privacy Training?

The Federal Acquisition Regulations were recently updated to include a requirement that certain federal contractors provide privacy training to some of their employees. The training obligation does not apply to all employees...more

First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant, Rejecting the Use of Aggregate Data to Prove False Claims and Clarifying the...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The First Circuit has issued an opinion affirming a complete grant of summary judgment for Pfizer, Inc. in United States ex rel. Booker v. Pfizer Inc., No. 16-1805 (1st Cir. Jan. 30, 2017), a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit...more

The Risks and Implications of Failing to Comply with U.S. Government Cyber and IT Requirements

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This article summarizes some of the many risks and implications that are associated with failing to comply with U.S. government-unique cyber and information technology requirements. We are often asked by small and...more

The Department Of Homeland Security Proposes New Rules Affecting Federal Government Contractors

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued three proposed rules expanding data security and privacy requirements for contractors and subcontractors. The proposed rules build upon other recent efforts by...more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update - November 2016

by Dentons on

We are pleased to send you the November edition of "Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update," which offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of October. Highlights this month...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules ‘Misguided,’ ‘Unlawful’ and Must be Blocked, Says Texas Lawsuit – TRO Hearing Scheduled for...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Several large construction and security industry groups have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to block the heavily criticized Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 and...more

Insider Threat Programs – A New Challenge for Cleared Contractor

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Defense issued Conforming Change 2 of the “National Industrial Security Operating Manual” (“NISPOM”). NISPOM Change 2 requires all U.S. government contractors who require access to U.S....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2016 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, former FOX News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against her boss, Roger Ailes. Ms. Carlson’s complaint makes a number of allegations, including quid pro quo harassment, and was filed against...more

Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On March 4, 2016, the Miles & Stockbridge Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration group presented its fourteenth annual Hot Topics in Employment Law seminar to an audience of over three hundred clients and members of the...more

Is That Recruiting Technology Compliant?

by Zelle LLP on

There is some cool recruiting tech out there. Swipe, for example, a Tinder-like mobile app, allows hiring managers to “swipe right” for the applicants they are interested in. It also has a built in job-matching algorithm....more

Financial Services and Technology Companies Beware: The U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Has A Target on Your Back

The President released his 2017 budget this week. Budgets are aspirational documents that Congress rarely implements in full. The current acrimony between Congress and the Administration ensures that the President’s 2017...more

The UK Modern Slavery Act and Supply Chain Responsibility

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In October 2015, the UK Modern Slavery Act (MSA) became effective, which requires all companies doing business in the UK with worldwide turnover of at least £36 million (or approximately $51 million as of the date of this...more

Construction E-Note - December 2015

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the November 2015 issue of North American Builders, Jason Nimmer provides insight on what it takes to successfully deliver manufacturing-related construction jobs in today’s fast-paced building...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update November 2015

by BakerHostetler on

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting....more

That is SO last week - September 2015

by Zelle LLP on

Labor Day was the backdrop for a big announcement from President Obama. Beginning in 2017, federal contractors must grant paid sick leave to employees. The new Executive Order requires contractors to provide one hour of...more

OPM update: OPM hit with another class action suit—this one filed by a Judge

Ho hum. Another class action filed against OPM for its massive data breach. The interesting fact here? The suit’s named plaintiff is a Judge with the Social Security Administration. On Friday, August 7, Social Security...more

District Court Holds False Claims Act Applies to Employee Allegedly Terminated for Engaging in Protected Activity Against...

by Littler on

In a matter of first impression, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Cestra v. Mylan Inc. No. 15-0873 (E.D. Pa., May 22, 2015) held that the antiretaliation provision of the False Claims Act...more

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire – GSA Proposes to Reduce Price Reductions Clause Burdens, While Substantially Increasing...

by K&L Gates LLP on

In what is arguably its most significant proposed regulatory change affecting commercial item contracting in decades, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) earlier this week proposed amendments to the General Services...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - January 2015

by BakerHostetler on

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics in...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Pharmacy Billing Medicaid For Drug Prices Above Private Rates Is Not Fraudulent

by King & Spalding on

On November 12, 2014, the Seventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of a False Claims Act action challenging a retail pharmacy chain’s practice of billing Medicaid for the price differential between the higher Medicaid-negotiated...more

The Seventh Circuit Rejects Medicaid False Claims Act Suit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case against Shopko Operating Stores, LLC, in which a former Shopko pharmacist asserted Medicaid billing...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

Certifications Under the Trade Agreements Act: 10 Tips to Avoid TAA Traps for the Unwary

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On September 3, 2014, U.K.-based medical device maker Smith & Nephew (the ‘‘Company’’) agreed to pay $8.3 million (plus an additional $3 million in attorney’s fees) to resolve a lawsuit filed under the federal civil False...more

Third Circuit Tightens “Original Source” Requirement for Whistleblowers

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Back in 2003 Karl Schumann filed a whistleblower suit alleging that as an executive with benefits company Medco, he learned that Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca paid kickbacks to Medco to buy and recommend brand name...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed False Claims Act Cases: October 2014

Trends & Analysis - Between our last Qui Tam Update and the end of June, 65 health care–related qui tam cases were unsealed (28 in April, 18 in May, and 19 in June). Within those 65 cases...more

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