NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS FOR FUTURE CASES.
FH+H attorneys, led by associate Jill Helwig, took on a large Federal program in their attempt to claim a large sum of money directly from a client. Through the diverse capabilities of FH+H, we were able to convince the Federal program that it had no right to our client’s money. The Federal Program has conceded and has now officially closed their file, saving the FH+H client a sizeable sum of money that otherwise would have gone to the Government. FH+H is proud to continue helping the good guys in their time of need.
FH+H Partner Hugh P. Quinn successfully represented the President of the Chinese division of a large international pharmaceutical corporation in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation done by both the SEC and the Department of Justice. The investigation into our client was terminated by both agencies with no charges brought against the client nor liabilities owed by the client.
FH+H attorneys continue to successfully advise domestic and international entities on how to conduct lawful and ethical transactions in some of the most complex, emerging economies in the world. “Complying with the FCPA in emerging economies is a significant and time-consuming challenge," Partner Jennifer S. Huber noted. "Leveraging our anti-corruption expertise, though, allows our international and domestic clients to focus on what they do best: developing sustainable solutions to complex problems."
A government subcontractor in the construction industry became embroiled in a bet-the-company dispute when its prime contractor refused to pay the subcontractor for a substantial portion of the work it performed. FH+H’s alternative dispute resolution team was able to favorably resolve the dispute without litigation, obtaining a substantial settlement in favor of the subcontractor.
Recently, FH+H Partner Jack White helped a major government contractor win an unemployment compensation benefits appeal filed with an Unemployment Insurance Benefits Agency located in the DC/MD/VA area (“DMV Unemployment Office”). In this case, our client terminated an employee for misconduct, related to the improper use and reimbursement of thousands of dollars of expenses charged to a company credit card. After termination, the DMV Unemployment Office initially approved the employee’s unemployment insurance claim, which our client appealed. On appeal, FH+H’s Employment Law Practice Group argued that the DMV Unemployment Office shouldn’t authorize unemployment insurance benefits for an employee who had stolen thousands of dollars from the company. The Hearing Officer agreed, and reversed the unemployment insurance benefits claim.
FH+H was contacted by a local business regarding a clawback request from an insurance company. The term clawback, as used in this case, refers to money or benefits that have been given out, but sought to be returned due to special circumstances. FH+H Associate Jill Helwig was able to determine that not only was the request for clawback in violation of the contract between the parties, but was also in violation of the laws of Virginia, which governed the contract. With the help of our counsel, the client was able to avoid a considerable financial clawback.
FH+H recently helped a government contractor avoid debarment by the U.S. Government. Upon receipt of a Notice of Suspension and Proposed Debarment the contractor reached out to FH+H’s Government Contracts team. Despite the fact that the Government’s investigators had identified significant negative facts, and that administrative action seemed all but inevitable, FH+H was able to effectively demonstrate the contractor’s present responsibility, thereby avoiding debarment. “For any government contractor the prospect of debarment is an absolute nightmare,” said FH+H Managing Partner Tom Craig, “but as legal counsel our job is to, against all odds, enable our clients to wake up from that nightmare and continue providing valuable goods and services to the U.S. Government.”
FH+H’s Litigation + Investigations team assisted a client in filing a lawsuit in federal court to protect a client’s intellectual property and the client’s right to continue to produce and sell its products in the face of contrary claims by an out-of-state business entity. The counter-party launched an attempt to move the case to its home district on both constitutional and procedural grounds. FH+H successfully defeated their arguments, and was thereby able to keep the case in our client’s home district.
FH+H Partner Jack White recently obtained a favorable result in an employment matter for a senior executive in the aerospace industry. Our client was a very successful and highly-compensated aerospace executive who had been wrongfully terminated from employment. FH+H’s Employment Law Practice Group was able to negotiate a solution to the matter without resorting to formal litigation. In fact, after FH+H presented our theory of the case to the former employer, the employer agree to a confidential settlement agreement on terms favorable to our client.
FH+H Managing Partner Tom Craig and the FH+H Government Contracts team filed a bid protest on behalf of a client who was improperly excluded from the competitive range for a large multi-award IDIQ contract. After reviewing the protest, the agency agreed to take remedial action without requiring any further action by the GAO, effectively conceding the protest based solely on the arguments presented by FH+H.
FH+H Managing Partner Tom Craig, along with Senior Associate Adam Munitz and others, assisted a client in filing a bid protest on the basis that the putative awardee was not actually a small business, but was actually an affiliate or alter ego of a large corporation. The Small Business Administration agreed. As a result the work was re-awarded, allowing a truly small company to perform the work as the Agency, and the law, intended.