John E. McCarthy Jr., Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2579
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

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  • 5 Issues Gov't Contractors Need To Know About In 2015
    January 7, 2015 — Law360

    Law360 highlights the firm's Government Contracts Group and the recent webinar the Group conducted titled, "What Will the New Year Bring for Government Contractors?" This article details the five issues federal contractors should pay attention to in 2015, as forecasted by Crowell & Moring attorneys in their preview of the year ahead.

  • Lead Report: Court of Federal Claims Cases Reveal Ways to Recover Bid, Proposal Costs
    March 17, 2014 — BNA Federal Contracts Report

    In reaction to recent U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) decisions that have used different standards to determine recovery of bid preparation and proposal costs, Washington, D.C.-based Government Contracts Group partner John McCarthy tells BNA that he "anticipates future cases in which costs that fall under the marketing or pre-contract logistics categories noted in Innovation Development are recognized as part of a substantial proposal submission effort."

  • New OMB Guidance Provides Acquisition Strategies for Modular IT Development
    June 19, 2012 — BNA - Federal Contracts Report, Quoted

  • 2012 Defense Act Could Weaken Contractors' IP Rights
    February 27, 2012 — Government Contracts Law360

    Washington, D.C.-based Government Contracts Group partner John E. McCarthy, Jr. speaks with Government Contracts Law360 about Congress' effort to increase competition among defense contractors by giving the U.S. military more leeway to demand technical data that is used to design the weapons it purchases. However, the broad and ambiguous wording of the law could leave contractors scrambling to protect their intellectual property rights.

    According to McCarthy, "Companies can spend millions of dollars on developing their intellectual property, and they want clarity on whether or not they can retain that IP. If the regulations attempt to push the envelope, it's going to be very troublesome for many contractors."

  • High Court Term Yields Mixed Rulings For Contractors
    July 8, 2011 — Government Contracts Law360

    Government Contracts Group partner John E. McCarthy, Jr. is featured for his comments on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings in Schindler Elevator Corp. v. United States ex rel. Kirk, The Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems Inc., and General Dynamics Corp. v. United States.  These cases tackled a range of issues including, False Claims Act standing, contractor legal defenses that implicate state secrets privilege, and the Bayh-Dole Act  as it relates to the ownership of inventions funded by federal money.

    Addressing the Schindler case, McCarthy said, ‘The high court's decision barring an agency's response to a FOIA request from disclosure under the FCA clarified an issue that had divided the circuit courts…The Schindler case is a win for contractors…Presumably, for whistleblower suits you want people who are involved and have direct knowledge rather than people who are fishing around with FOIA requests.".”

    In the Stanford case, McCarthy believes the outcome is a wakeup call for both universities and government contractors generally.  He is “more inclined to agree with the dissent, noting the ruling meant that contractors should go over all their patent assignment agreements to make sure they have the strongest possible language.”

    Lastly, in the General Dynamics case, McCarthy believes the decision will “likely apply only rarely to future cases as the high court focused on the specific issues in the case rather than dealing broadly with state secrets.”

  • Interim Rule Allows Diclosure of Proprietary Data to Government Support Contractors
    March 9, 2011 — BNA's Federal Contracts Report

    Washington, D.C. – based Government Contracts Group partner John McCarthy talks about the interim rule that gives certain government contractors access to proprietary technical data that typically belongs to prime contractors and other third parties.  The rule amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement section 821 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.

    According to McCarthy, “It’s a great idea to have a single rule that applies uniform standards across DOD to this practice [of sharing propriety data], which has to happen.” According to the article, “McCarthy endorsed the requirement for individual support contractors to enter into bilateral agreements with owners of proprietary data.”

Firm News & Announcements

Jan.09.2015 Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group Named to Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" for Fifth Consecutive Year
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.27.2014 Crowell & Moring's Insurance/Reinsurance Group Nominated for Chambers USA "Award of Excellence"
Oct.07.2013 Crowell & Moring Receives John Carroll Society Pro Bono Award
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Apr.15.2013 Litigation Note: Crowell & Moring Secures IP Victory for Watson Pharmaceuticals (now Actavis)
Jan.11.2010 Crowell & Moring Elects Four New Partners and Promotes Eight Attorneys to Counsel Positions
Aug.23.2007 Crowell & Moring Pro Bono: DC Appleseed Urges New Direction For District Of Columbia’s Child Support System
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