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Elizabeth N. Jochum has joined Smith Pachter McWhorter as a Member of its Government Contracts Group and Haris Hadzimuratovic and Jacob Bolinger Have Joined the Firm as Associate Attorneys.

NEW ATTORNEY ANNOUNCEMENT: Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is pleased to announce that experienced government contracts attorney Elizabeth N. Jochum has joined the firm as a partner.  Ms. Jochum augments the firm’s existing capabilities, adding extensive experience in bid protests and other government contracts litigation, as well as government contracts-related investigations and white collar defense. Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is also pleased to announce the addition of two associate attorneys.

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Legal Developments Alert: U.S. Companies Caught in Limbo as Huawei and Sixty-Eight of Its Subsidiaries Were Added to the Entity List, Causing China to Retaliate

On May 16, 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to add Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) and its sixty-eight non-U.S. affiliates to the Entity List.  Five days later, on May 20, 2019, BIS issued another final rule granting a 90-day Temporary General License (May 20, 2019 through August 19, 2019) for four categories of EAR-regulated transactions involving existing and fully operational networks/systems, handsets made available to the public on or before May 16, 2019, and 5G standardization.  China countered by furious rhetoric and threats of counter measures including an “Unreliable Entity List” targeting persons and companies stopping or disrupting supply to Chinese companies like Huawei “for non-commercial reasons.”  This article discusses the risks U.S. exporters may face in the context of the regulatory clash between the two economic giants and some of the coping strategies in light of regulatory uncertainties affecting the feasibility of ongoing business relationships with Huawei.

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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: Supreme Court Addresses False Claims Act Statute of Limitations

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Cochise Consultancy, Inc., et al. v. United States ex rel. Hunt, addressing conflicting decisions on the False Claims Act statute of limitations and expanding the time allowed for private party relators to file whistleblower lawsuits.  The decision increases the risk that government contractors may be subject to qui tam claims brought as many as ten years after the alleged violation, including by relators who may have chosen not to act on their own knowledge, provided that the relator can prove that government agent had or should have had knowledge of the alleged false claim.

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Vincent Li has joined Smith Pachter McWhorter’s White Collar Practice Group

NEW ATTORNEY ANNOUNCMENT: Vincent Li has joined Smith Pachter McWhorter’s White Collar Practice Group

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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: DOJ Issues Guidance on False Claims Act Matters

On May 7, 2019, the Civil Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) released guidance to its litigators related to the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  This guidance establishes DOJ policy regarding credit to defendants cooperating during an FCA investigation and is included in the Justice Manual at Section 4-4.112.  The new policy sets forth the factors long relied on by DOJ, describing voluntary disclosure, cooperation with a government investigation, and remedial action as the primary means through which an FCA defendant can obtain credit.  For government contractors that find themselves potentially subject to FCA liability – whether identified through an internal investigation or receipt of a subpoena – the guidance provides a useful framework to think through potential responses.
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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving FOIA Exemption for Commercial and Proprietary Information

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving FOIA Exemption for Commercial and Proprietary Information
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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu Appointed Chairwoman of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu Appointed Chairwoman of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee
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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski Promotes Transparency with the Business Community

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski Promotes Transparency with the Business Community

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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: DOD Issues Several Memos on Cybersecurity Compliance

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: DOD Issues Several Memos on Cybersecurity Compliance
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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: GAO Issues Report on DCAA and DCMA Business System Audits

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: GAO Issues Report on DCAA and DCMA Business System Audits
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Smith Pachter McWhorter's False Claims Act Practice Guide: 2019

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is pleased to present the 2019 edition of its False Claims Act Practice Guide

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Michael Lowman has joined Smith Pachter McWhorter’s White Collar Practice Group

NEW ATTORNEY ANNOUNCMENT: Michael Lowman has joined Smith Pachter McWhorter’s White Collar Practice Group
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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: New Law Revises Small Business Size Formula

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: New Law Revises Small Business Size Formula

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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: DOJ Provides Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs and Monitorships

LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: DOJ Provides Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs  and Monitorships

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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALERT: Petrobras Reaches Global Settlement with U.S. and Brazilian Authorities

On Thursday, September 27, Brazil’s state-owned-and-controlled oil and gas company Petrobras and U.S. authorities announced a settlement to resolve U.S. government investigations into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

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CLIENT ALERT: FY 2018 NDAA Acquisition Reform Highlights

Client Alert: Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA Acquisition Reform Highlights. Each year, Congress specifies the annual budget, establishes funding levels, and sets spending policies for the Department of Defense (DoD) though the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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Fifth Circuit Decision Reinforces Need for Anti-Kickback Act Compliance

Fifth Circuit Decision Reinforces Need for Anti-Kickback Act Compliance. By Smith Pachter McWhorter's John Pachter and Todd Garland. 

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FCPA and Corporate Compliance Best Practices: Frequently Asked Questions Primer

SPM's primer of FAQs regarding FCPA Compliance, available in English, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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NIST Publishes Guidelines for CUI Cybersecurity Compliance

NIST Publishes Guidelines for CUI Cybersecurity Compliance - On November 28, 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) released a draft special publication on “Assessing Security Requirements for Controlled Unclassified Information.”

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Smith Pachter McWhorter Successfully Represents Five Individuals in Air Force Suspension and Debarment Proceedings

Smith Pachter McWhorter Successfully Represents Five Individuals in Air Force Suspension and Debarment Proceedings
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Smith Pachter McWhorter's False Claims Act Practice Guide: 2017

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is pleased to present the 2017 edition of its False Claims Act Practice Guide

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Fifth Circuit Reverses $663 Million Judgment Against Government Contractor Based on Escobar’s Demanding and Rigorous Materiality Standard.

Fifth Circuit Reverses $663 Million Judgment Against Government Contractor Based on Escobar’s Demanding and Rigorous Materiality Standard. A recent Fifth Circuit decision applying the False Claims Act’s (“FCA”) materiality requirement reinforces the “demanding” standard established by the Supreme Court in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016).  In United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries Inc., 2017 WL 4325279 (5th Cir. Sept. 29, 2017), the government’s continued payment despite knowledge of alleged regulatory violations resulted in dismissal for want of materiality.
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Discussion on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2017 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, held in Washington, D.C.

Iris E. Bennett, with co-panelists, will lead a discussion on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2017 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, held in Washington, D.C.  

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Iris Bennett will serve as Chair of the Public International and Criminal Law Subcommittee for the D.C. Bar, International Law Community

Iris E. Bennett will serve as Chair of the Public International and Criminal Law Subcommittee for the District of Columbia Bar, International Law Community, for 2017-2018.  

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FCPA Disgorgement: Putting SEC To Its Burden Of Proof

FCPA Disgorgement: Putting SEC To Its Burden Of Proof.  The ability to require disgorgement of ill-gotten gains in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases is a powerful enforcement tool for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Disgorgement orders are a staple of the SEC’s FCPA enforcement docket, and are often in the millions or tens of millions of dollars. In 2016, for example, out of 24 SEC FCPA corporate settlements, 20 of them imposed disgorgement. Many of those disgorgement orders were for amounts of more than $10 million, and several of them were more than $100 million.

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Ninth Circuit Issues Expansive Reading of Escobar

Ninth Circuit Issues Expansive Reading of Escobar - The broad reading of Escobar’s requirements reflects the increased risk for companies doing business with the government to be subject to FCA liability on an “implied certification” theory in the post-Escobar era.
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Smith Pachter McWhorter/Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region, Government Contractors Forum presentation on government investigations: July 12, 2017 12-2pm, at SPM Offices

Smith Pachter McWhorter/Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region, Government Contractors Forum presentation on government investigations: July 12, 2017 12-2pm, at SPM Offices
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Supreme Court Limits Powerful SEC Enforcement Tool, Holding that Disgorgement is Subject to Five-Year Statute of Limitations

Supreme Court Limits Powerful SEC Enforcement Tool, Holding that Disgorgement is Subject to Five-Year Statute of Limitations

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Chambers 2017 has ranked Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC amongst the Top Tiers for Government Contracts and Construction law.

Chambers 2017 has ranked Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC amongst the Top Tiers Nationwide for Government Contracts and in Virginia for Construction law.  

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SPM conducts Anti-corruption Compliance Workshops in Brazil

SPM's White Collar practice group conduct anti-corruption compliance workshops in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 23-25, 2017,

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FCPA Compliance and Enforcement Trends Annual Guide: April 2017

SPM's FCPA Compliance and Enforcement Trends Annual Guide: April 2017.

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Smith Pachter McWhorter is participating in the 2017 Legal Food Frenzy

Smith Pachter McWhorter is proud to participate in the 2017 Legal Food Frenzy, a food and fund drive sponsored by the Attorney General of Virginia, the Young Lawyers Division of The Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. 

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Trump Rescinds Controversial

Trump Rescinds Controversial “Fair Pay Safe Workplaces” Regulations -

On March 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a Congressional Review Act resolution permanently rescinding the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” regulations, dubbed the “blacklisting rule” by opponents..

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The Government Audit Process: Limitations and Considerations

The Government Audit Process: Limitations and Considerations presented by the Government Contracts Section of the Fairfax Bar Association

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Jonathan Shaffer named to Law360's Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board.

SPM member Jonathan Shaffer has been named to participate on Law360's 2017 Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board. 

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Proposed Changes to the Bayh-Dole Act Will Alter Contractor Timelines for Protecting Patents to Subject Inventions, Other Requirements

Proposed Changes to the Bayh-Dole Act Will Alter Contractor Timelines for Protecting Patents to Subject Inventions, Other Requirements

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SPM Attorneys to Speak at Jackson Lewis Government Contractor Employment Law Symposium

Government Contractor Employment Law Symposium March 16, 2017. SPM Attorneys John Cook, Erica Geibel, Armani Vadiee, and Owen Walker and Will be Guest Speakers at Jackson Lewis Government Contractor Employment Law Symposium

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Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Inc. presents: The Executive Policy Forum on E-Discovery

Smith Pachter McWhorter hosts BCABA members for a conversation addressing current issues in E-Discovery at the Boards, including preservation responsibilities and the proportionality of discovery requests.

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Muddying the Waters: Six Years of Confusion in the Wake of Maropakis

Muddying the Waters: Six Years of Confusion in the Wake of Maropakis - Richard C. Johnson and Ashley N. Amen discuss decision of the Federal Circuit in Maropakis Carpentry, Inc. v. United States, 6 years following the decision. 

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Kickbacks Result in Forfeiture of Claim

Kickbacks Result in Forfeiture of Claim: Taken to its logical conclusion, Laguna Construction provides that where an employee accepts kickbacks and the contractor lacks knowledge of the kickbacks, the contractor may be barred from recovering any unreimbursed costs under that contract.

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Smith Pachter McWhorter's False Claims Act Practice Guide: 2016

Available now: Smith Pachter McWhorter's False Claims Act Practice Guide: 2016

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Iris E. Bennett, panellist on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2016 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, held in Washington, D.C.

Iris E. Bennett, panellist on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2016 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, held in Washington, D.C.

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When Does a Company ‘Knowingly’ Violate the Anti-Kickback Act?

When Does a Company ‘Knowingly’ Violate the Anti-Kickback Act?  John S. Pachter and Todd M. Garland discuss a case currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and how it will increase the stakes for companies faced with Anti-Kickback Act allegations.  

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Smith Pachter McWhorter's FCPA Compliance and Enforcement Trends Annual Guide: April 2016

Smith Pachter McWhorter's FCPA Compliance and Enforcement Trends Annual Guide: April 2016


       

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A Sensible Outcome for False Claims in Universal Health Services

John S. Pachter and Todd M. Garland discuss the Supreme Court’s recent Universal Health decision and its impact for trial courts and litigants.
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FAR Final Rule on Cybersecurity Safeguarding Requirements

FAR Cybersecurity Final Rule - On May 16, 2016 DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a long anticipated Final Rule on cybersecurity, by adding a new subpart 4.19 and contract clause 52.204-21, "Basic Safegaurding of Covered Contractor Information Systems".

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A Look at False Claims Act Cases Through Scalia’s Lens

A Look at False Claims Act Cases Through Scalia’s Lens. Smith Pachter McWhorter's John S. Pachter and Todd M. Garland discuss: A Look at False Claims Act Cases Through Scalia’s Lens

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Encouraging Signs for False Claims Act Litigation: Recent Decisions Aligned to Guide Supreme Court Review

Encouraging Signs for False Claims Act Litigation: Recent Decisions Aligned to Guide Supreme Court Review  

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Client Alert: DFARS Final Rule - Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services

DFARS Final Rule: Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services

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Remarks of John S. Pachter at the Federal Circuit Bar Association Government Contracting Summit; Panel Topic: Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

Remarks of John S. Pachter at the Federal Circuit Bar Association Government Contracting Summit; Panel Topic: Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

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Jonathan Shaffer named to Law 360's Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board.

Jonathan Shaffer named to Law 360's Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board.

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Whose Burden Is It, Anyway?: Implications Of The Federal Circuit Determination That The CDA Statute Of Limitations Is Nonjurisdictional

Whose Burden Is It, Anyway?: Implications Of The Federal Circuit Determination That The CDA Statute Of Limitations Is Nonjurisdictional 

By: Richard C. Johnson and Ashley N. Barbera Amen

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WMACCA Government Contractors Forum: Independent Monitors - How To Avoid Them and How To Live With Them - Presented by Iris Bennett and Sean J. Hartigan of Smith Pachter McWhorter and an in-house panelist. Moderated by John Pachter of Smith Pachter McWhorter.

WMACCA Government Contractors Forum: Independent Monitors - How To Avoid Them and How To Live With Them - Presented by Iris Bennett and Sean J. Hartigan of Smith Pachter McWhorter and an in-house panelist.  Moderated by John Pachter of Smith Pachter McWhorter.

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Department of Justice FCPA Opinion Procedure Release 14-01 Addresses Business Transactions between Companies and Government Officials

Client Advisory: Department of Justice FCPA Opinion Procedure Release 14-01 Addresses Business Transactions between Companies and Government Officials 

By: Alana S. Tokayer

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