Contractor sues U.S. Bureau of Prisons for lighting supply program documents

From Westlaw Journal Government Contract: A contractor has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the Federal Bureau of Prisons to turn over documents about an agency lighting supply program in response to the company’s Freedom of Information Act request.

Elumenus Lighting Corp. says in the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, that the BOP is deliberately withholding documents about the agency’s LED lighting service and supply program and associated contracts.

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Shipyard pays Justice Department $1 million to end small-business fraud case

From Westlaw Journal Government Contract: The United States has agreed to a $1 million payment from a Florida-based shipyard to end its lawsuit alleging the company fraudulently obtained Coast Guard contracts by posing as a small firm owned by service-disabled veterans.

The Justice Department said in a statement that the payment by North Florida Shipyards in Jacksonville and President Matt Self resolves allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729.

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Boeing pays $23 million to settle charges it inflated Air Force contract bills

From Westlaw Journal Government Contract: Boeing Co. will pay the federal government $23 million to settle allegations that it overbilled the Air Force while working under contract on maintenance for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft.

Chicago-based Boeing agreed to resolve the lawsuit without admitting any wrongdoing, the Justice Department said in an Oct. 10 statement.

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2nd Circuit says New York can regulate tribes’ Internet lending, for now

From Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability: American Indian tribal lenders that offer high-interest loans over the Internet are not entitled to a preliminary injunction preventing New York authorities from regulating their out-of-state lending businesses, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

The three-judge panel said the plaintiffs — two Native American tribes in Oklahoma and Michigan, their lending companies, and tribal regulatory agencies — did not offer sufficient proof that their loans fell outside New York’s regulatory scope.

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Plaintiff can’t bring FDCPA allegations as ‘consumer,’ Minnesota federal court rules

From Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability: A debt collection agency will not face a part of a lawsuit accusing it of calling the wrong person, because the person who filed suit is not a “consumer,” a federal judge has decided.

In a July 7 order U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz of the District of Minnesota denied Harvey Duranseau’s motion to bring claims based on his perceived rights as a “consumer,” saying Duranseau therefore cannot bring claims under Sections 1692b and 1692c(b) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1692.

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Wells Fargo’s calls to minor’s cellphone violated federal law, 11th Circuit says

From Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling in favor of a woman who claims Wells Fargo Bank illegally used an automated dialing system to call her minor child’s cellphone without her permission.

The three-judge appellate panel said the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227, applied to cellphone service subscriber Lynn Breslow and her child, who had exclusive use of the phone.

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’Team Digi7al ’ leaders admit to massive hacking conspiracy

From Westlaw Journal Government Contract: A Navy sailor and a college student responsible for hacking into more than 50 government and private company computer systems and posting personal information of their victims online have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in an Oklahoma federal court.

“Cybercriminals think the anonymity of the Internet can obscure their illegal activities and make it impossible to find and apprehend them,” U.S. Attorney Danny Williams of the Northern District of Oklahoma said in a statement.  “That is not true.  Criminals cannot hide in cyberspace.  We will find you, charge you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Consumer wins judgment against debt collector in federal court

From Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability:  A California federal judge has found in favor of a consumer who accused a debt collector of leaving a voicemail without clearly identifying himself.

U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong of the Northern District of California granted James Forkum’s motion for summary judgment May 21, saying Forkum had shown that George Woodruff of Co-Operative Adjustment Bureau violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,15 U.S.C. § 1692.

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Judge says joint venture received SBA approval too late to bid for contract

From Westlaw Journal Government Contract: A joint venture did not obtain approval from the Small Business Administration in time to qualify as a bidder for a U.S. Special Operations Command contract, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ruled.

Judge Edward Damich said Lukos VATC JV LLC could not win the contract because it did not receive timely SBA approval of its participation in the agency’s mentor-protégé program.

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Judge holds VA liable for fire damage to lessor’s medical equipment

From Westlaw Journal Government Contract: The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs is liable for losses arising from a fire at a health care center that destroyed medical equipment leased from a contractor.

Judge Mary Ellen C. Williams ruled in favor of lessor DMS Imaging Inc. and said that under the contract, the government bore the risk for any loss or damage to the company’s mobile MRI unit.

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