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White Collar Watch - July 2014

In This Issue: - Move over Big Pharma: Health care is not the only industry susceptible to False Claims Act scrutiny - Third Circuit affirms dismissal of False Claims Act suit, citing contract...more

Software Glitch Sparks FCA Suit Against Hospitals for Late Repayment of Medicaid Reimbursements

On June 27, the New York Attorney General’s Office and the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York intervened in a qui tam suit against Continuum Health Partners, Inc., Beth Israel Medical Center and St....more

Medicaid Claims And Health Care Fraud: As The Data Flows, New Cracks Emerge

As we noted in two of our prior posts in the Insider blog, the government has long touted its ability to rely upon data mining as a means of detecting fraud in the federal health care system, and has initiated a host of...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: July 2014 #2

During the past several years, Europe has installed about 2,000 offshore turbines (6,500 MW of offshore wind generation capacity), with capacity doubling since 2010. Offshore wind provides almost 1% of total power in Western...more

Move over Big Pharma: Health care is not the only industry susceptible to False Claims Act scrutiny

In contrast to the recent, public and record-breaking False Claims Act settlements with Big Pharma, the government’s intervention in a relator’s suit against a computer software company, alleging that the contractor...more

2014 Intelligence Authorization Act Imposes Cyber Breach Reporting Requirement on Intelligence Community Contractors - Many...

The federal government must publish new procedures 90 days after the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act is signed. These procedures will become effective upon publication. Intelligence community contractors will be...more

Chicago Innovation Hub Gets First Grant - Adaptive Vehicles

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute has its first grant. That grant, $10 million, is from the Defense Advanced Research Agnecy (DARPA). DARPA develops new technologies for the United States...more

Selling Cloud Computing To Government: Beyond The Privacy And Security Debate

Cloud computing is a major trend in today's ICT environment. However, unlike participants in some other sectors, Governments in the Asia-Pacific region have been slower to take up the significant financial benefits that this...more

False Claims Act Litigation Update: Bayer Decision Sheds Light on Pleading in False Claims Act Cases

A recent win for a large company in a False Claims Act suit (a seeming rarity as of late) alleging illegal off-label promotion could provide some helpful insight to similarly situated manufacturers and support dismissals of...more

Department of Energy Issues Draft Loan Guarantee Solicitation

On April 16, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation of up to $4 billion for renewable energy projects focused on clean energy innovation. The draft solicitation is...more

First Circuit Rules on Scope of FCA First-to-File Rule in U.S. v. Bristol Myers Squibb, Inc.

The First Circuit ruled last week that an earlier-filed False Claims Act complaint will preclude a later-filed complaint if it arises out of the same underlying facts, even if the allegations are not identical. The...more

Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Announced

Following on the coattails of the Youngstown, Ohio, manufacturing hub, President Obama announced three more public-private manufacturing institutes – in North Carolina, Chicago and Detroit – to focus on advancing...more

California Energy Commission Announces New Funding Opportunities for Clean Tech Projects: Energy Efficient Technologies and Energy...

Over the last month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced the first in a series of 24 funding opportunities to support innovative energy technologies and solutions that will be released throughout 2014. Grants...more

The Cybersecurity Race: Executive Branch Takes The Lead While Congress Watches From The Bleachers

The federal government sector has been abuzz lately with whispers and shouts about pending cybersecurity regulations, frameworks, and requirements. This attention is not particularly surprising, especially given the recent...more

Contractors affected by the US cybersecurity requirements: take part in the GWAC comment process

The US General Services Administration is seeking comments from the private sector on draft Alliant II Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) cybersecurity requirements (available here). The Alliant GWAC provides...more

'Let Me Google That For You' Act - Full Copy

Full text copy of S.2206, aka the "Let Me Google That For You" Act, introduced April 3, 2014, by senators Tom Coburn and Claire McCaskill to, among other things, curtail the National Technical Information Service's practice...more

Recent FCA Decision Has Important Implications for Contractor Disclosures to the Government

A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has important implications for government contractors that make mandatory disclosures of improper conduct to the U.S. Government. In U.S. ex...more

Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 2 of 3

In last week’s post, we highlighted a number of available DOE grants for incubators. Today, we will be highlighting grants for research on geothermal systems and building technologies....more

Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 1 of 3

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports a wide range of grants, loan and financing programs and also funds transformational and up-and-coming technologies that create innovative ways to source, distribute, and use energy...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed Cases

Trends & Analysis - ..We have identified 18 health care–related qui tam cases unsealed since last month’s Qui Tam Update. Of those, 10 were filed from 2012 to the present. The remaining cases, filed before 2012, date...more

Medical Research Fraud And HHS's Office Of Research Integrity: Watching The Watchdog

Even for those who carefully follow legal developments in the health care fraud arena, the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Research Integrity (“ORI”) is an agency that rarely appears on the radar. According...more

DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program: CMS Begins to Move Toward Nationwide Implementation and Seeks Public Comments Regarding...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") recently announced that the agency is seeking public comments as it moves toward nationwide implementation of the Medicare Durable Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and...more

California Bill Would Create Cyber Security Commission

In recognition of the increasing threat that cyber-attacks pose to the state's infrastructure and the considerable costs that government and private sectors are estimated to spend on cyber security (more than $70 billion...more

Business News Digest – March 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity: Coming Soon to a Government Contract Near You - Recent National Defense Authorization Act Presents Opportunities for Small Business Contractors - Iran Sanctions Deal Does...more

Cybersecurity Update – How Are You Impacted?

On February 12, 2014, the Obama Administration released the long-awaited Cybersecurity Framework: “a voluntary how-to guide for organizations in the critical infrastructure community to enhance their cybersecurity” (the...more

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