NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS FOR FUTURE CASES.
The FH+H Litigation and Investigations team, led by Partner Craig Guthery, represented an out-of-state lawyer in an omnibus sanctions motion against plaintiff attorneys pending in federal court in Virginia. U.S. District Court Judge Claude Hilton denied the motion and imposed no sanctions against Mr. Guthery’s client.
The FH+H Litigation and Investigations team handles all aspects of professional dispute resolution, including defending individuals and corporate entities against lawsuits in State and Federal courts across the nation, representing clients’ interests beyond final judgment and through the appeals process, and providing clients early advice to avoid litigation altogether.
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On behalf of a small business client, Partner Milt Johns and Associate Rachel Leahey of the FH+H Government Contracts team settled an invoicing dispute with a government agency that resulted in a high six-figure payment to the client.
The FH+H Government Contracts team guides contractors through the maze of applicable rules and regulations to enable corporate success.
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In a recent arbitration, FH+H Partner Kevin Byrnes prevailed on behalf of a private daycare against a construction company that failed to complete work under a service contract.
The daycare wanted to improve the quality of the school under a D.C. set-aside program that provided loans for just that purpose, but the contractor failed to complete the work in a timely fashion and left the worksite unclean.
The contractor said the daycare’s requirement that the company not work during facility hours caused the delay and denied that the workers failed to maintain the cleanliness of the worksite.
The daycare facility presented pictures and text messages to confirm that the contractor had lacked diligence in the set work schedule and had left the conditions of the facility unsafe for the children in attendance - who were as young as six months.
The arbitrator rejected the contractor’s defenses, awarding the daycare with damages to complete the project and handle cleaning fees and the costs of arbitration.
Counseled a government contractor during negotiations to close a $250 million direct commercial sales contract from a friendly foreign government.
Successfully defended a corporate client in complex contract litigation.
Helped a client obtain licensing and approval for exports of more than $50 million in controlled defense articles and services.
Assisted a government contractor with registering to do business and finalizing corporate structure for performance of a complex direct commercial sales contract in the Middle East.
Represented a senior executive in a dispute with corporate business co-owners.
FH+H Partner Milt Johns and Senior Associate Marlena Ewald worked with a client - a small, disadvantaged, service-disabled, veteran-owned business - to have a claim of unlawful discrimination dismissed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
A former employee of the client filed a complaint of unlawful workplace discrimination against the client. The FH+H team worked with the client to compile pertinent facts and draft the response to the complaint. The EEOC thereafter dismissed the complaint, finding no information upon which they could conclude a statute was violated.
FH+H's attorneys represent employers in all aspects of employment-related matters and have been successful in helping business entities of all sizes. For more information on our Employment Law Practice Group, click here.
FH+H Partner Jack White, the head of our employment practice, alongside members of the FH+H team, recently assisted the State Department in defeating the claims of a former State Department subcontractor.
FH+H had already successfully gotten its client out of the underlying employment litigation; however, the State Department had not been released from the underlying litigation. Because of the merits of this litigation, FH+H, alongside its client, assisted the Department of State in providing information that resulted in the withdrawal of the surviving claims against the State Department.
FH+H continues to serve the needs of its clients and the government in every way possible.
FH+H Partner Milt Johns and a small team of attorneys represented a whistleblower in a significant and successful False Claims Act dispute with a large government contractor.
The Department of Justice intervened in the case, and eventually the matter settled for $2.6 million. The prosecution of the matter involved two successful arguments before the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Contractors must be held accountable for their actions, especially when the safety of government personnel is at stake,” Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (where the suit was filed), said in a WTOP article. “This settlement should remind contractors of the high value we place on safeguarding our personnel abroad.”
Mr. Johns and FH+H are leaders in the subject matter, representing whistleblowers and defending individuals and companies wrongly accused in False Claims Act cases.
After swiftly and aggressively pressing an infringement claim against the foreign owners of a mobile telephone application on behalf of a domestic client, FH+H Partner Craig Guthery successfully convinced the owners to remove their infringing app from the United States’ largest online app store.
Mr. Guthery’s vigorous efforts to protect the client’s intellectual property resulted in total and immediate compliance by the foreign infringing party without resort to litigation.
Partner Milt Johns, on behalf of GOV Services Inc., a small, disadvantaged business filed a bid protest suit in the Court of Federal Claims on Aug. 15. The suit alleges the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fabricated an emergency situation in order to improperly award janitorial services contracts to a corporation on a sole-source basis.
The NIH said it hired Akima Support Operations LLC on a sole-source basis to avoid a gap in service after another janitorial services company suddenly walked off the job. GOV Services argued the other company had been forced off the job by NIH, and thus the emergency was NIH’s own creation.
In just one of several disputes related to this issue, the Government Accountability Office found the NIH had wrongly delayed taking corrective action and should reimburse GOV Services for the costs of its initial protest at the GAO.
GOV Services is now asking the Court of Federal Claims for an order that it is entitled to bid for the disputed work under the Small Business Administration’s section 8(a) regulations.
“Our client simply wants a level playing field and an ability to compete for work according to fairly implemented procedures and regulations,” Mr. Johns said.