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  • Defense Contracting

    April 2019

    IG Report Has Implications for Contractors

    By Ryan Burnette , Susan Cassidy and Michael Wagner
    On Feb. 25, the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General issued an audit report analyzing the prices of spare aviation parts purchased by the government from TransDigm Group Inc. The report has important implications for contractors doing business with the Pentagon.
  • Defense Department

    March 2019

    Nonlethal Weapons Offer Victory, De-Escalation

    By Zachary Kronisch
    In 1995, U.S. troops protected United Nations forces withdrawing from Somalia by using nonlethal weapons to both subdue hostiles and prevent conflict escalation. In doing so, they exemplified both the value and viability of alternate, nonlethal options for the warfighter.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2019

    Debate Over Qui Tam Constitutionality Resumes

    By Herb Fenster , Peter Hutt II and Carl Wiersum
    The motivating force behind the False Claims Act is its provision for qui tam enforcement, which authorizes private parties to initiate FCA cases on behalf of the United States.
  • Defense Contracting

    January 2019

    Readying Security Plans for Evaluation

    By Ian Brekke and Susan Cassidy
    The Defense Department recently issued final guidance for requiring activities to assess contractors’ system security plans and their implementation of the security controls in National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171.
  • Defense Contracting

    January 2019

    Courts Split on False Claims Act Deadlines

    By Andrew Guy , Peter Hutt II and Michael Wagner
    When does a private party need to file a qui tam action under the False Claims Act? Such a seemingly simple question has resulted in three different answers from six different courts.
  • Defense Contracting

    November 2018

    Courts Strike Down False Claims Act Complaints

    By Justin M. Ganderson , Peter Hutt II and Evan R. Sherwood
    Over the summer, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit — in United States ex rel. Berkowitz v. Automation Aids, Inc., 896 F.3d 834 — unanimously affirmed a trial court’s decision to dismiss a False Claims Act complaint regarding alleged Trade Agreements Act non-compliances because the relator failed to plead fraud with “particularity” under Rule 9(b).
  • Defense Contracting

    September 2018

    How Enforceable Are Teaming Agreements?

    By Dan Johnson
    Experienced government contractors know that teaming agreements are often a critical component of the procurement process.
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

    September 2018

    AI: The Future of the Defense Industry?

    By Susan Cassidy , Calvin Cohen and Zachary Mears
    The technologies of the defense industry are in the early stages of a seismic shift in the area of intelligent warfare. Given the advances in the commercial world, the Pentagon has realized in some cases it may need to turn to nontraditional contractors to fill important roles and that it needs to ramp up its expertise in artificial intelligence.
  • Defense Contracting

    July 2018

    Granston Memo Could Impact Qui Tam Actions

    By Frederick Benson , Herbert L. Fenster and Peter Hutt II
    A January Department of Justice memorandum directs prosecutors to more seriously consider dismissing certain qui tam actions brought pursuant to the False Claims Act.
  • Defense Contracting

    May 2018

    Take Heed of Trade Agreements Act

    By Justin M. Ganderson , Evan R. Sherwood and Jason Workmaster
    Contractors that must comply with the government’s domestic preference laws should take note of United States ex rel. Folliard v. Comstor Corp. — a recent decision dismissing a country-of-origin fraud lawsuit initiated by serial relator Brady Folliard.
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