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Government’s Expert Witness Out After Testimony Draws Too Many Legal Conclusions about Contract Interpretation;...

The district court granted Symantec’s motion to strike the expert designation and testimony of a government witness in a case alleging the company failed...

Government Can’t Trade Meritless Claims for New Allegations Post-Discovery; United States District Court for...

The district court granted the defendants’ motion for sanctions against the government for violating discovery and schedule orders. The government identified thousands of additional...

FEMA Official Accused of Bribery, Fraud Following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Ahsha Tribble, a former top FEMA official tasked with restoring power to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, was arrested for allegedly taking bribes from Donald Ellison, then president of Cobra Acquisitions, which received more than $1.8 billion in contracts to conduct infrastructure repairs on the island. Ellison and former FEMA staffer Jovanda Patterson were also […]
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Defendant Can’t Explain Alleged Billing Fraud As Compliance Requirement; United States District Court for...

The district court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss a qui tam case alleging healthcare fraud. The defendants argued the complaint was not pled...

Failing to Meet Grant Goals Does Not Mean Defendants Never Intended to Comply; United...

The district court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss a qui tam case alleging fraud against DOJ grant programs, finding that the relator failed...

Smart Steps for Contractors Facing Federal Suspensions, Stopped Work, Delays or Disruptions

Construction and many other contractors who cannot telework may be receiving stop-work orders or facing other unique challenges on their government contracts in the...

FCA Case Alleging Fraudulent Small Business Subcontracting Scheme, Anti-Trafficking Statute Violations Survives Multiple Motions...

A Maryland District Court denied multiple motions by a group of defendants—including DynCorp International—to dismiss a qui tam case alleging the defendants lied about...

Relator Cannot Generally Cite to Deposition Documents as Response to Interrogatory; United States District...

The district court granted in part the defendant’s motion to compel further responses from the relator to a set of interrogatories. The court explained...

Defendants Cannot Show that CMS Guidance Allows for Reimbursement of Travel that Never Occurred;...

The Fifth Circuit denied the defendants’ appeal of a lower court’s decision granting the government’s motion for summary judgment in a Medicare fraud case,...

Former Background Investigator for Federal Government Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements

Jennifer L. Pannocchia, a former background investigator who worked under contract for the Office of Personnel Management, has pleaded guilty to falsifying background investigations of federal employees and contractors. As part of her plea agreement, Pannocchia is required to pay almost $170,000 in restitution to OPM. She also faces a maximum sentence of five years […]
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