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False Claims Act and Procurement Fraud

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Grassley Moves to Stop Contractors From Holding U.S. ‘Hostage’
July 29, 2021 — Bloomberg Law
Related Professionals: Brian Tully McLaughlin

Healthcare Fraud Probes Grow In Number, Intensity
October 3, 2020 — ModernHealthcare
Related Professionals: Michael Shaheen

Crowell & Moring Partner Michael Shaheen On The False Claims Act
September 15, 2020 — Corporate Crime Reporter
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Crowell & Moring Hires False Claims Act Duo In Washington
August 3, 2020 — Bloomberg News

Crowell Ramps Up Hiring Amid Expected Rise In COVID-19 Relief Investigations
August 3, 2020 — American Lawyer

More Relators Push FCA Cases To The End In 2017
January 4, 2018 — Law360
Related Professionals: Brian Tully McLaughlin

The Escobar Decision, One Year Later
June 20, 2017 — Compliance Week
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Attys Dish On Escobar's FCA Impact 1 Year Later
June 16, 2017 — Law360
Related Professionals: Brian Tully McLaughlin

GIR 100 2016
September 23, 2016 — Global Investigations Review-GIR 100

The 24 Firms GCs Love the Most
June 28, 2016 — Law360

Lessons Learned From Supreme Court’s Ruling in Favor of KBR Inc.
June 1, 2015 — Federal News Radio

Brian Tully McLaughlin, a Washington, D.C.-based counsel in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group, talks with Federal News Radio host Tom Temin on the "Federal Drive" program about the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of defense contractor KBR Inc. in a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower suit brought by a former employee. McLaughlin described the facts of the case and noted that it is not unusual for these types of FCA cases to take a long time. He noted that "this is a ruling that defense contractors will be very happy with because it means that the tolling period is not suspended, and that whistleblowers have a duty to bring their claims forward in a timely way."

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Top Verdicts: U.S. ex. rel. Hopper v. Lockheed Martin Corp.
February 18, 2015 — Daily Journal

Los Angeles-based attorneys, Mark R. Troy, Jeffrey H. Rutherford, and Mana Elihu Lombardo were recognized for one of the Daily Journal's top verdicts of 2014 for their representation of Lockheed Martin in the U.S. ex. rel. Hopper v. Lockheed Martin Corp. case. After a six-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, a jury unanimously found in favor of Lockheed Martin Corporation in a lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the civil False Claims Act.

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Trafficking Rule Raises Subcontractor Monitoring Concerns
January 28, 2015 — Law360

Washington, D.C.-based Government Contacts Group partner, Peter Eyre, talks to Law360 regarding a final rule that will tighten restrictions on human trafficking in government contracting. Under its requirements, all contractors must disclose working conditions to employees, are barred from confiscating passports or other immigration documents, must ensure that workers aren't being charged any recruitment fees, and must provide the worker with return transportation for non-nationals. "I think another big question is: 'Who pays for this?'" Eyre said. "There are some very specific obligations, both the compliance plan ... and others. But who is going to pay for that?"

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Gov't Contracts Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring
January 9, 2015 — Law360

The firm's Government Contracts Group is featured for earning Law360's "Government Contracts Group of the Year Award," highlighting the Group as a widely heralded industry go-to and noting the firm's recent wins for Lockheed Martin Corp. and BAE Systems. Washington, D.C.-based Government Contract Group co-chairs, Angela B. Styles and Daniel R. Forman, discuss with Law360 the background of the Group and the deep bench of experienced attorneys from associates to partners which sets the Group apart from others. "We have folks on our legal team who are former military personnel, former engineers and software developers, and in addition to being at the top of their game on the legal side, they can speak multiple languages and talk to both general counsel and engineers, and that's an important facet of our practice," Forman states. Styles reiterates, "We're continually able to serve clients with the right lawyer, right experience, [and] right skill set."

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Related Professionals: Daniel R. Forman

Government Contracts Legislation and Regulation to Watch In 2015
January 2, 2015 — Law360

Washington, D.C.-based Government Contracts partner, Peter Eyre, discusses the potential impact of executive orders on the government contracts industry, including a 2012 order that will recruit federal contractors in U.S. efforts to fight labor trafficking at home and abroad. "That proposal came out months ago. That is now, as far as we can tell, ready to come out in final form. Because of the compliance requirements of that rule, it's something that will get a lot of attention," Eyre said.

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Judge Blocks Subpoena Against Sidley Austin
October 20, 2014 — Global Investigations Review

Washington, D.C.-based White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group partner, Philip T. Inglima, speaks to Global Investigations Review regarding his experience with subpoenas being blocked by a judge, even when it appears that all the appropriate steps have been taken to avoid a waiver or broad disclosure of the privileged materials. "These types of subpoena requests are becoming routine now, so companies are having to be ever more careful in making disclosures or presenting evidence to the DOJ so as not to waive attorney-client privilege and work product protection," states Inglima. "Delivering limited presentations orally is one way of reducing the risk."

Related Professionals: Philip T. Inglima

Corporate Inversion Executive Order Possible, Crowell Partner Advises Contractors
September 11, 2014 — BNA

Washington, D.C.-based Government Contracts Group attorneys, Angela B. Styles and Stephen J. McBrady, discuss how President Obama might soon issue an executive order making it tougher for corporations that move overseas for tax purposes to win federal contracts. "How hard they will make it to do business with the U.S. government is anyone's guess," Styles said. The order requires contractors to disclose violations of more than a dozen state and federal labor laws and regulations. McBrady added that, "As a result, contractors should review labor law compliance and current arbitration agreements, as well as submit comments on any proposed regulations."

Related Professionals: Stephen J. McBrady

COFC Ruling May Hasten Commercial Contracting's Decline
September 2, 2014 — Law360

Washington, D.C.-based Government Contract Group partner, J. Chris Haile, discusses a recent Court of Federal Claims decision that exempts Federal Supply Schedule contracts from some streamlined commercial acquisition rules, which is causing some concern about the long-term relevance of commercial contracting rules. Because FAR Part 8.4 only provides that FAR Part 12 applies in three instances, it doesn't cover situations in which CMS deviated from commercial practices when making an order under the schedules. "The general presumption has been that the schedules are commercial item contracts, so that while they're subject to FAR Part 8, they're also subject to FAR Part 12," Haile said. "I think that the decision certainly could have come out differently."

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Self-Reporting Is All The Rage In Recent Contractor Regs
August 25, 2014 — Law360

Washington, D.C.-based partner, David C. Hammond, talks with Law360 about the recent trend of self-reporting requirements and the effect it's going to have on the government when dealing with the expanding disclosure requirements. "It's going to cost the government to review these disclosures," Hammond said. "It's going to drive up the contractors' costs of compliance ... and that is going to result in higher indirect costs being charged to the government."

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New Rule Increases Pressure On Homeland Security Contracts
August 14, 2014 — Law360

Washington, D.C.-based Government Contacts Group partner, Peter Eyre, discusses the expanded authority of the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) and how it will effect various companies and agencies, especially the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its contractors. "Contractors and subcontractors that traditionally haven't dealt with rated orders are more likely to see them because of this expansion. Companies will need to become familiar with these obligations," Eyre said. "And I suspect that civilian agencies — especially DHS — are going to be figuring out how to use the expanded coverage and authority."

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