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Linde GmbH to Pay $22 Million in Customs Fraud Settlement

Linde GmbH and its U.S. subsidiary Linde Engineering North America LLC will pay $22 million to resolve claims they violated the False Claims Act by making false statements on customs declarations to avoid paying duties on imported materials used in the construction of natural gas and chemical manufacturing plants, the Justice Department announced Friday.

ICI Too Quick to Protest Rival’s Inclusion in Navy Procurement

ICI Services Corp.'s protest of the Navy’s decision to consider Alion Science and Technology Corp. in a program management and acquisition support procurement is premature because ICI could still receive a task order, the GAO said in a decision released Friday.

Quantico Unsuccessful in $13 Billion Defense Logistics Protest

Quantico Tactical Inc. lost a challenge to a $13 billion logistics services procurement to assist with the Special Operations Equipment Tailored Logistics Support program where it alleged that the Defense Logistics Agency acted improperly, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled.

NYC Health System to Pay $1.25 Million Medicare Fraud Settlement

The New York City Health and Hospital Corp. and a podiatrist will pay $1.25 million to settle claims they violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing Medicare and Medicaid for hospital and professional services at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, a whistleblower’s attorneys announced.

Moog Must Face Chinese Employee’s False Claims Retaliation Suit

A former supply chain manager residing in China adequately alleged that Moog Inc. violated the False Claims Act by firing him in retaliation for calling attention to what he believed was an improper airplane parts manufacturing process, a New York federal court said Thursday.

Pacific Dredge Loses Challenge to Army Corps’ Bid Elimination

The Army Corps of Engineers reasonably rejected Pacific Dredge and Construction LLC’s bid for dredging maintenance at a California shipping channel because the company failed to submit a valid bid bond required by the solicitation, the GAO said in a decision released Thursday.

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Coronavirus and Force Majeure Clauses

Covid-19 has legal teams exploring whether to turn to a rarely tested section of their contracts: the force majeure, or act of god, clause.

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