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Government Contracts

U.S. and foreign companies doing business with the government face a myriad of complexities that bring potential consequences for everyone involved. Bracewell’s government contracts practice assists clients of all sizes in a broad range of industries navigate through the ever-changing statutory and regulatory landscape. Our experience ranges from representing small- and medium sized companies and global entities in governmental and internal investigations, False Claims Act cases, bid protests and claims litigation  before courts and administrative tribunals to advising these clients in transactional matters and compliance issues. Our team provides the full range of services needed by companies operating in the federal sector. Our lawyers understand and appreciate the highly-regulated environment and the unique challenges facing companies operating in the public-sector marketplace, and work to secure complete solutions to some of the thorniest issues confronting our clients.

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Recent Notable Matters

Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc. — Department of Energy cooperative agreement for the Future Gen clean coal demonstration project*

Aramark Corporation — Qui tam case alleging overcharging Medicare and Medicaid patients on a hospital food-service contracts at Johns Hopkins hospital. Court granted motion to dismiss.*

Basic Contracting Services, Inc. — Represented Navy security contractor in qui tam case alleging false certifications related to training and guard pay. Court granted motion to dismiss.*

Cartwright International Van Lines — Criminal price fixing conspiracy charges related to freight forwarding of U.S. military personnel household items. Negotiated settlement of criminal charges as well as parallel civil False Claims Act case. Also, negotiated an administrative settlement agreement with the Army to avoid debarment related to criminal plea.*

Centerpoint Energy — Department of Energy grant for Smart Grid demonstration project in Houston*

Chrysler Corporation — Qui tam case alleging intentional defective pricing by Chrysler’s electronics subsidiary on a military contract. Case settled prior to trial.*

D.H.B Industries — Represented one of several bullet-proof vest manufacturers in industry-wide False Claims Act investigation into Zylon vests sold to federal and local law enforcement agencies. Case settled prior to complaint being filed.*

Former Oracle executive — Qui tam suit related to overcharging for software on GSA schedule contract. Case settled prior to trial.*

Government contractor — Defended client contractor in a grand jury investigation into alleged antitrust violations related to state human services contracts. DOJ Prosecutors closed the investigation without any charges being filed against the company or any individuals.*

IT Services firm — Conducted an internal investigation on a classified contract related to a whistleblower’s claims concerning falsified time charging, resulting in the government electing not to pursue any charges.*

Large public university system — successfully represented system in a National Science Foundation Office of the Inspector General investigation related to the university’s federally funded research projects*

Publicly traded company — Successfully defended client in an eight year grand jury investigation jointly conducted by DOJ and the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General into alleged bid rigging related to US Air Force government contracts. Prosecutors closed the investigation without any charges being filed against the company or any individuals.*

Publicly traded IT services firm — One of the several industry-wide False Claims Act cases claiming overcharging on government contracts related to travel rebates. After DOJ investigation, the government and relator voluntarily dismissed the case against our client before seal was lifted.*

Securinforce International America LLC — Breach of contract claim at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims related to a fuel delivery services contract in Iraq*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

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