Pierre Hines provides counseling, investigation, and litigation services to government contractors – particularly those in the defense, healthcare, and information technology industries. He counsels clients in connection with M&A due diligence involving government contractors, along with complex issues arising under the FAR. He conducts internal investigations involving alleged fraud and FCA violations. And he litigates contract disputes in federal courts and administrative tribunals. Prior to law school, Mr. Hines served as a Captain in the Military Intelligence branch of the U.S. Army.
Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) sustained a bid protest challenging the agency’s decision to exclude the protester from consideration based on a potential organizational conflict of interest (“OCI”). The GAO decision serves as a reminder that an offeror that is excluded from a competition on the basis of a perceived OCI can … Continue Reading
On March 28, 2018, the Federal Register published proposed changes to the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals’ (“Board”) Rules of Procedure regarding appeals under the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”). These proposed rules indicate that the Board wishes to: simplify and modernize access to the Board, clarify certain rules, and increase conformity between its rules and … Continue Reading
On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law House Bill 4005 (HB 4005), which imposes substantial new state reporting requirements on pharmaceutical manufacturers regarding drug pricing, including details on manufacturer-sponsored patient assistance programs. HB 4005 also imposes new reporting requirements on health insurers and establishes a temporary task force charged with … Continue Reading
Over the last few weeks, much attention has been paid to California’s recently enacted SB 17, legislation that requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to report certain price increases of prescription drugs and, in some cases, provide a justification for such increases. The legislation also requires health insurers and health plans to report additional rate information to state … Continue Reading