Bradley attorney Aron Beezley was quoted in Law360 on the top government contracts cases of 2017. The year offered a range of important litigation decisions for federal contractors, from False Claims Act rulings clarifying key points of the anti-fraud law to decisions on responsibility and liability as part of contract performance.
Some common themes started to take shape, especially on the materiality issue, with language first used by the Ninth Circuit in a January decision involving a contractor accused of incorrectly billing the U.S. Navy for a “virtual border” project, for example, starting to pop up again and again.
“The Ninth Circuit upheld the lower court’s dismissal of the complaint ... and the language [we’re] seeing False Claims Act defendants cite up and down is the Ninth Circuit referring to Escobar’s materiality standard as being ‘a demanding standard’,” Beezley said.
The complete article, “Top Gov’t Contracts Cases Of 2017,” appeared in Law360 on December 21, 2017.