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Year: 2017

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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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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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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Performance Evaluations: Leveling the Playing Field

Performance Evaluations: Leveling the Playing Field – Smith Pachter McWhorter’s Kathryn Griffin, Erica Geibel, and Todd Garland summarize recent developments in contractor performance evaluation challenges.
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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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Federal Court Overturns 15-Year Debarment Arising from Affiliate’s Alleged Misconduct  

Federal Court Overturns 15-Year Debarment Arising from Affiliate’s Alleged Misconduct. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently overturned the Defense Logistics Agency’s (the “Agency’s”) 15-year debarment from federal contracting of a Houston-based food exporter and its affiliates. 

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Dorothy E. Terrell named among Virginia’s Best Women Lawyers in a list adapted by Virginia Living magazine from The Best Lawyers in America 2017.

Dorothy E. Terrell named among Virginia’s Best Women Lawyers in a list adapted by Virginia Living magazine from The Best Lawyers in America 2017.

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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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Limitations on Subcontracting: Regulatory Disconnect Leaves Small Businesses in an Untenable Situation

Limitations on Subcontracting: Regulatory Disconnect Leaves Small Businesses in an Untenable Situation - By Zachary Prince and Kristin Tisdelle

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OMB Releases Guidance Requiring Agencies to Report “Buy American” and “Hire American” Compliance by September 2017

OMB Releases Guidance Requiring Agencies to Report “Buy American” and “Hire American” Compliance by September 2017
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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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NIST Proposes Updates to Cybersecurity Framework

NIST Proposes Updates to Cybersecurity Framework - On May 16, 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a workshop discussing the proposed updates and feedback for version 1.1 of the federal Cybersecurity Framework – a set of industry standards and best practices developed to protect complex critical infrastructure from cybersecurity threats and infiltration.  

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Super Lawyer honors Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys

Super Lawyers honors Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys in the 2017 listings for their achievements and expertise in their respective areas of practice. The attorneys selected include:

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President Trump Signs Executive Order Amending “Buy American” and “Hire American” Rules Applicable To Federal Procurements

Trump Signs Executive Order Amending “Buy American” and “Hire American” Rules Applicable To Federal Procurements

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Cost Allowability Course - April 19 and 20, 2017 at SPM

Cost Allowability - Join highly experienced faculty for this practical and informative two-day program focusing on cost allowability, allocability, and reasonableness under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

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President Trump Expected To Sign Executive Order Amending “Buy American” and “Hire American” Rules Applicable To Federal Procurements

President Trump Expected To Sign Executive Order Amending “Buy American” and “Hire American” Rules Applicable To Federal Procurements

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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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SPM Secures Major Victory for Bechtel National, Inc. in Virginia State Court Litigation with Parsons Government Services, Inc.

On behalf of Bechtel National, Inc., Smith Pachter McWhorter, prevailed in an $80 million dollar lawsuit brought by Parsons Government Services

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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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Beyond Prototyping: 3D Printing in Government Contracts

Beyond Prototyping: 3D Printing in Government Contracts - Smith Pachter McWhorter's Kelsey Wilbanks and Armani Vadiee discuss the history of 3D printing and its application and use in government contracts.

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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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