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Venezuela President Gave Odebrecht Contracts in Exchange for Campaign Cash

Documents and testimony obtained by a Brazilian news outlet suggest Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro gave multimillion-dollar public contracts to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in exchange for millions of dollars in donations to his 2013 presidential campaign. According to the alleged evidence, Maduro awarded Odebrecht $4 billion in contracts for public works projects that were never completed, […]
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Defense Contractor Agrees to Pay $9.2 Million to Settle False Billing Allegations

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. has agreed to a $9.2 million settlement of allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overbilling the government for labor on Navy and Coast Guard ships. The civil settlement resolves alleged labor mischarging on various contracts dating back to 2003. HII allegedly mischarged labor incurred on particular contracts to […]
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Deeper Dive: Meeting the FCA’s Intent Requirement

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we will continue to take a closer look at recent legal developments involving the FCA.  This week, we examine the requirement that a relator plead and […]
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Contractor Agrees to Pay $3.8 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations for Double-Charging...

Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. has agreed to pay $3.8 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that it submitted false claims to the United States by double-billing and mischarging for medical services in connection with work performed on an Internal Revenue Service contract. The settlement agreement resolves allegations that from April 2009 through […]
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Government Contracts Cases to Watch in 2017

Blank Rome LLP government contracts practice group chair David Nadler is quoted in a recent Law360 article on important False Claims Act cases, including a case that may provide clarity on the validity of statistical sampling in FCA cases. “The court’s decision not to provide guidance on sampling will continue to create uncertainty among lower […]
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Appellate Court Holds that the First-to-File Bar is Not Jurisdictional

In United States ex rel. Hayes v. Allstate Ins. Co., the Second Circuit held that the first-to-file bar is not jurisdictional, and therefore, that a court is not deprived of subject matter jurisdiction upon a first-to-file bar finding. While the first to file rule prohibits a relator from bringing a qui tam action if there […]
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Fighting Bribery and Corruption: How Advanced Analytics Can Help Auditors

Automation and analytics technology is being harnessed to fight bribery and corruption, and help corporations and financial institutions comply with regulations. Advanced data analytics can help auditors integrate automation into their investigations, stay up-to-date on new techniques to hide misconduct, and more easily gather evidence of wrongdoing. Read the full post at Information Age
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SEC Charges Government Contractor with Inadequate Controls and Books and Records Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that L-3 Technologies will pay $1.6 million to settle allegations that it failed to maintain accurate books and records and had inadequate internal accounting controls. An SEC investigation found that L3’s Army Sustainment Division (ASD) had improperly recorded $17.9 million in revenue from an Army contract by creating invoices […]
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Evolutions in Whistleblowing: What Federal Contractors Need to Know

Last year produced major changes in the whistleblowing landscape: whistleblower protections for federal contractor employees who disclose waste, fraud, and abuse were made permanent under the National Defense Authorization Act. Congress granted employees a safe haven to disclose their employer’s trade secrets through approved channels under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and U.S. government and […]
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White House ZTE Deal May Include US Compliance Monitor

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross suggests that any deal between the U.S. and ZTE Corp. allowing the firm to purchase U.S. hardware and software...