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The Trade Agreements Act: An Unknown Compliance Issue for Small Businesses

Small businesses often enter into government contracts unaware of all the laws and regulations that may apply when selling to the government. One of the laws that is often overlooked is the Trade Agreement Act (TAA). ...more

Trade Agreements Act Compliance Activity Increasing at VA

Companies should include internal TAA compliance reviews in their overall manufacturing compliance programs. Every manufacturer of medical devices and pharmaceuticals that offers a product for sale to the federal...more

Blog: The Trade Agreements Act and Sales of Medical Devices to the U.S. Government

Does your company sell medical devices to the U.S. Government, either directly or through a reseller or distributor? Are those devices or supplies manufactured at least partly in a country other than the U.S.? ...more

Medtronic Settles Federal Lawsuit for $4.41 Million

On April 2, 2015, the United States Department of Justice announced that Medtronic, a medical device manufacturer based in Ireland, reached a settlement agreement with the United States government for $4.41 million over...more

Medical Device Companies Face Severe FCA Penalties for TAA Violations

A spate of recent multi-million dollar settlements has shown that medical device manufacturers are subject to substantial liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) if they misstate the country of origin of their products in...more

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

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

Recent False Claims Act Decision Provides Important Guidance To Manufacturers And Resellers About Trade Agreements Act Compliance

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld a District Court's dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against a federal government contractor in a case that will be of...more

DC Circuit Ruling Confirms Reasonableness Of Resellers Relying On TAA Certifications From Suppliers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has issued a ruling bringing to an end the long-running False Claims Act (“FCA”) case filed by relator Brady Folliard and providing useful guidance to resellers...more

D.C. Circuit Supports Government Contractors’ Reliance on Supplier Certification of TAA Compliance in Qui Tam Suit

In a qui tam whistleblower suit under the False Claims Act, the D.C. Circuit affirmed a lower court finding that a federal contractor reasonably relied on certifications of Trade Agreements Act compliance from its...more

Medical Device Manufacturer Settles Trade Agreements Act Suit

A whistleblower alleged that the manufacturer knowingly violated the Trade Agreements Act’s country of origin requirement. Government contractors must agree that the products they sell to the U.S. government under...more

False Claims Act Update: GSA Contractor Reasonably Relied Upon Distributor Certifications Of Product Origin And Trade Agreements...

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld a District Court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against a federal government contractor in a case that will be of...more

U.S. Government Joins FCA Suit Over Allegedly Falsely Certified Paper Shredders

The United States recently joined ongoing False Claims Act ("FCA") litigation that shows the potential for significant liability in government supply contracts. These contracts require the use of products made in the United...more

"Buy American" Compliance Tips

1. There is no single “Buy American” requirement – there are numerous statutes with differing requirements. Make sure you know which one applies....more

Country of Origin for Computer Software - U.S. Customs Finally Sheds Some Light on the Issue

One of the most perplexing questions that has plagued the government contracting community in recent years relates to the country of origin for computer software. Where most government procurements restrict the purchase of...more

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