The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ordered the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to reinstate a $71.1 million support deal, finding that the agency terminated the deal based on a federal watchdog's incorrect interpretation of the contract.
Law360
Government Contracts
SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 Law360 iOS App Law360 Android App Follow Law360 on Facebook Follow Law360 on LinkedIn Follow Law360 on Twitter

TOP NEWS

Claims Court Revives $71.1M Deal That GAO Misinterpreted

By Alyssa Aquino

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ordered the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to reinstate a $71.1 million support deal, finding that the agency terminated the deal based on a federal watchdog's incorrect interpretation of the contract.

Opinion attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Prosecutors Say Fake Fortune 500 Workers Funded N. Korea

By Alyssa Aquino

The Biden administration alleged that North Korea may have raised $6.8 million to develop nuclear weapons by installing remote information technology workers at Fortune 500 businesses, announcing charges Thursday against two individuals accused of helping agents pose as U.S. employees.

Indictment attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

US Must Produce Emails Between IRS Managers, Docs Leaker

By Anna Scott Farrell

The government must produce emails between Internal Revenue Service managers and a former contractor who leaked thousands of wealthy people's tax returns, a Florida federal judge has ordered, saying the materials are relevant to a billionaire's case accusing the agency of responsibility for the leak.

Order attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Ex-Connecticut Budget Official Denies 22 Corruption Charges

By Aaron Keller

A former Connecticut state budget official and beleaguered attorney who oversaw millions in state school construction funds pled not guilty on Thursday to a host of corruption charges, including that he coerced contractors into paying him kickbacks.

Indictment attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

ENFORCEMENT

Conn. Medicaid Fraudster Gets 27 Months Over $1.6M Scheme

By Ryan Harroff

A Connecticut psychologist who pled guilty to filing $1.6 million in false claims to his state's Medicaid system has been sentenced to 27 months in prison, after the government sought 37 months and the fraudster himself had argued for no prison time at all.

Order attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

No Double Jeopardy In Philly Execs' Embezzlement Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio

Two former Philadelphia nonprofit executives convicted for an embezzlement scheme weren't subject to double jeopardy when a judge rescheduled trial after several jurors left, the Third Circuit ruled Thursday, reasoning that the court had no other choice.

Decision attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

LITIGATION

Ointment Scheme Conned Gov't Out Of Millions, Fla. Suit Says

By David Minsky

Two Florida brothers and one of their former employees are accused of running a years-long fraudulent scheme billing government healthcare programs and receiving millions of dollars after paying kickbacks to generate prescriptions for ointments that were not needed, according to a False Claims Act lawsuit.

Complaint attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

La. River Project Would Damage Swamp, Green Groups Say

By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-approved project meant to increase river flow through an important Louisiana basin will ruin the area with fertilizer and sediment, environmental groups said in a new lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Complaint attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Insurance Types That May Help Cos. After Key Bridge Collapse

Following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, businesses that depend on the bridge, the Port of Baltimore and related infrastructure for shipment and distribution of cargo should understand which common types of first-party insurance coverage may provide recoveries for financial losses, say Bert Wells and Richard Lewis at Reed Smith.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Alito Flag Report Fuels Ethics Debate, But Likely No Recusal

By Katie Buehler

Responses to a report that an upside-down American flag flew outside U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's home following the 2020 presidential election broke along partisan lines Friday, with conservatives decrying it as a smear campaign and liberals calling for his recusal from pending election-related cases and for general court ethics reform.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Analysis

Trump's Potential Witness Could Be Defense 'Dynamite'

By Phillip Bantz

As Donald Trump's hush money trial in Manhattan nears its end, experts say criminal defense attorney Robert Costello, who once advised the former president's ex-fixer and key prosecution witness Michael Cohen, has surfaced as a potentially bombshell witness for the defense.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Menendez Bribery Trial: 5 Things To Know About Week 1

By Carla Baranauckas

Explosive opening statements, closed-door jury questioning and an FBI agent's recount of the moment he found a treasure trove of gold bars and cash highlighted the first week of trial in the government's second corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Ga. Judge In 2020 Election Cases To Take Senior Status

By Courtney Bublé

U.S. District Judge Steve Jones of the Northern District of Georgia, who has presided over high-profile cases involving the 2020 election, voting rights and abortion, will take senior status on Jan. 1, 2025, according to an update Friday.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

AG Garland Held In Contempt By House Committees

By Courtney Bublé

Two House committees voted late Thursday to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for not turning over audio recordings of the president and his ghostwriter speaking with special counsel Robert Hur for his investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

2 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Ex-Baltimore State's Atty Says 20-Month Sentence Too Harsh

By Emily Sawicki

Former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has asked a federal judge to cut down prosecutors' requested 20-month prison sentence after she was convicted of abusing a COVID-19-era program to obtain money from a retirement fund and conning a lender to obtain a vacation home, arguing the proposal "stray[s] from the reality of this case."

2 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

'We Feel It': NJ Ranks 2nd In Ch. 11 Cases, Chief Judge Says

By George Woolston

New Jersey federal courts saw the second most Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in the nation over the last year, Chief U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb of the District of New Jersey said on Friday.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

NJ Courts Chief Warns Plan To Pick Appeals Bench A 'Mistake'

By George Woolston

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday defended how the state judiciary assigns appeals court judges, criticizing a proposal to move the power to appoint appellate judges from the chief justice to the state Senate and the governor's office.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

1st Circ. Rejects Ex-Immigration Judges' Bid For Asylum Redo

By Elliot Weld

The First Circuit's full bench refused to reopen a Salvadoran woman's case seeking asylum, despite former immigration judges weighing in to say that the judge who denied her asylum didn't follow a legal requirement to ensure her record was complete.

Order attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Haynes and Boone LLP and Lubin & Enoch PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously determined that federal courts do not have discretion to toss a case once it's decided that the claims belong in arbitration.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The SEC adopted cybersecurity rules to require investment advisers and broker-dealers to put procedures in place for detecting data breaches and for notifying customers when their personal information may have been compromised, and lawyers said SPACs won't get sought-after relief from a new 1% tax on stock buybacks under a recent Treasury Department proposal. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Promo that reads Law360 2024 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar Promo that reads Law360 Pulse 2024 AI Survey

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Arnold & Porter

Bayard PA

Brown Paindiris

Buchalter APC

Burr & Forman

Cantey Hanger

Clyde & Co

Cooper Barton & Cooper

Day Pitney

Duane Morris

Duffy & Young

Dutko & Kroll

Eckert Seamans

Gibbons PC

Haynes & Boone

Holland & Knight

Jones Day

Kaplan Marino

King & Spalding

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Baach

Lubin & Enoch

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

Mincey Fitzpatrick

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Nelson Mullins

Paul Hastings

Phillips & Cohen LLP

Poole Huffman

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Ropes & Gray

Schertler Onorato

Sheppard Mullin

Skadden Arps

Skiermont Derby

Squire Patton

Troutman Pepper

Willkie Farr

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Allianz SE

American Bankers Association

Apple Inc.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

BHP Group PLC

BP PLC

Beam Suntory Inc.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Blackbaud Inc.

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp.

Brennan Center for Justice

Change Healthcare Inc.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Enel SpA

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Federalist Society

Invitae Corp.

Johnson & Johnson

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Microsoft Corp.

NASDAQ Inc.

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York University

Pentair Inc.

Permira

Rite Aid Corp.

Ryan LLC

Sierra Club

Tesla Inc.

The Catholic University of America

The New York Times Co.

Thrasio Holdings Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UBS Group AG

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

WeWork Inc.

Wolters Kluwer

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Connecticut General Assembly

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Judicial Center

Federal Trade Commission

Florida Attorney General's Office

Internal Revenue Service

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

New Jersey Supreme Court

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. General Services Administration

U.S. Government Accountability Office

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court