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Deadlines Approach for Government Contractors on Cybersecurity Compliance

Government contractors are subject to cybersecurity requirements, found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and each agency’s supplement to the FAR, and some important deadlines are fast approaching. Set forth below...more

Hurricane Waivers and Infrastructure Funding [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update highlights: (i) the unprecedented nature of the recent Jones Act waiver, (ii) available infrastructure funding through the TIGER program, (iii)...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos Announces Petróleos Mexicanos Invitation to Bid for Ayín-Batsil...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 18, 2017, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission or “CNH”), commenced an international tender process to grant the right to enter into a license...more

Dealing with Disasters – Quality Payment Program Exception Available for MIPS-Participating Clinicians and Groups

by Polsinelli on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) simplified the process for clinicians and other providers to seek the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Hardship exception by releasing an online application on Aug. 2....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

CAPITOL HILL - “Serving Small Businesses: Examining the Effectiveness of HUBZone Reforms” House Small Business Committee Press Release, September 13, 2017. Retrieved from smallbusiness.house.gov - The House Small...more

How to Get a 2,333% ROI?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Three affiliated home health companies in Tennessee agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle False Claims Act (FCA) liability. That’s a lot of money, but it’s only about four percent of the $42 million in potential liability...more

DOL Announces Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced an upcoming increase to the minimum wage rate for contractors working on or in connection with contracts covered by Executive Order 13658, which applies to certain federal...more

Department of Labor Announces Increase to Minimum Wage for Government Contractors

by Reed Smith on

Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage for federal contractors working on or in connection with contracts covered by Executive Order 13658 will increase to $10.35 per hour. The current minimum wage under Executive Order...more

Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Increase Announced – Changes Effective January 1, 2018

On September 15, 2017, the Department of Labor announced an increase in the minimum wage that certain federal contractors must pay to employees. This comes as part of a planned incremental increase in the federal contractor...more

One Potential Remedy for FCA Overreach?

Sixth Circuit awards attorneys’ fees to False Claims Act defendant against the U.S. government in case involving underpayment of Davis-Bacon Act wages. ...more

Omaha Breach: Doctrine of First Breach May Hinge on Correct Contract Interpretation

Which party first breached a contract often plays a determinative role in assessing entitlement for damages in a contract dispute. This theory is often referred to as the First or Material Breach Doctrine....more

Prime contractor found nonresponsible based on undisclosed vendor-vetting process - contingency contractors beware

by DLA Piper on

Contingency contractors should take note of a recent bid protest decision from the Government Accountability Office, which approved the Department of Defense's use of a special, non-transparent database to determine the...more

Finally, Recovery of Attorney Fees for Government Overreach

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

There are two major, interrelated reasons why government contractors, including Medicare providers, are so afraid of the False Claims Act (FCA). One is the draconian nature of the liability: treble damages plus up to $21,916...more

Lessons From a Year of Escobar

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

It has been one year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, which resolved a circuit split as to the validity of the implied false certification theory...more

My Roof, My Rules: Arbitrators May Determine Their Own Jurisdiction When the Parties Delegate that Authority

An issue that repeatedly comes up in construction disputes is the scope of an arbitration agreement. Courts generally interpret agreements to arbitrate broadly, and, where the arbitrability of a specific claim has been at...more

United States ex rel Campie v. Gilead Sciences: Ninth Circuit Revives FCA Suit Despite Escobar’s “Demanding and Rigorous”...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously reversed dismissal of a False Claims Act Complaint in United States ex rel. Campie v. Gilead Sciences. The most notable aspect of the case is that the panel...more

OFCCP Holds First of Three Compliance Assistance Town Hall Meetings

As we previously reported, the OFCCP announced in August that it would hold three “compliance assistance” town hall meetings. The first was held on September 19, 2017, at the Department of Labor’s Headquarters in Washington,...more

Aviations Happenings - Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 edition of Schnader’s Aviation Group newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: ·$2.8 Million Verdict Upheld Against Engine...more

Maybe the Yacht Was the Tip-Off

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

If you’re a surgical device distributor and you want to reward a surgeon for using your products on Medicare and Medicaid patients, you may want to choose a reward that’s less conspicuous than a yacht. That’s one lesson in...more

OFCCP Offers More Hurricane Relief

On the heels of the exemption for Hurricane Harvey contractors, and given the additional widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, the federal government has extended a deadline affecting federal contractors and...more

False Claims Act Relators Be Warned: Rule 54’s Taxable Costs Award Lies Ahead for the Overeager Relator

by Liskow & Lewis on

In a published opinion last week, the Fifth Circuit sent a reminder to would-be False Claims Act (“FCA”) relators that they better think carefully before filing suit because while they may be seeking treble damages, they may...more

Holding Executives Personally Responsible: An Increasing Government Priority

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, we covered the Spectocor action which involved an executive and his company’s agreement to pay $10.56M of a $13.45M total settlement to resolve allegations involving medically unnecessary Medicare...more

California Legislative Wrap-Up – Next Stop: Governor’s Desk!

by Fisher Phillips on

The Legislature worked into the wee hours of the morning Saturday as it hit its deadline to pass legislation and send bills to Governor Brown for signature or veto....more

CMS To Expand Use of TPE Audits Nationwide by End of 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Perhaps lost amid the healthcare news coverage of competing proposals regarding “Medicare for All” and the repeal of Obamacare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) last month announced the expansion of its...more

Hurricane Recovery Contractors Beware

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The level of devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, respectively, is estimated to have caused $150-200 billion in damages. With this devastation comes a multibillion-dollar recovery effort that...more

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