While contractors (and their HR departments) dodged a serious bullet with Trump’s recent invalidation of the 2016 FAR blacklisting rule, they need to be alert to a new HR-related compliance requirement as a result of a rule promulgated on the final day of the Obama Administration.
A unanimous Supreme Court held in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar (“Escobar”) that under the civil False Claims Act (FCA), an “implied certification” of compliance could serve as a basis for liability for treble damages and penalties, but only in certain circumstances, rejecting attempts to extend liability under this theory to include any violation of a statute, regulation, or contract term that could theoretically permit the government to deny payment of a claim. The boundaries of this highly anticipated FCA ruling will be the source of additional litigation in the coming months and years.
Offering a mixed bag for federal contractors, on May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously overturned the Fourth Circuit’s decision in United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co., 710 F.3d 171 (4th Cir. 2013) that the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA) could be used to toll the statute of
The Department of Justice and qui tam relators were dealt another blow regarding how damages are calculated in False Claims Act (FCA) cases. In an FCA case involving allegations of defective pricing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in United States v. United Technologies Corporation overturned the lower court’s award of $657
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced another significant settlement with a pharmaceutical company earlier this week. The settlement with GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) includes: a criminal plea, through an Information charging the company with two counts of misdemeanor misbranding as well as a single count for failure to report information about the initiation or status