Mana Elihu Lombardo is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group in Los Angeles. She concentrates her practice primarily on government contracts litigation and counseling. Mana has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and defending companies against False Claims Act allegations. Her practice includes other issues relating to procurement fraud, ethics and compliance counseling, and government audits and investigations. She also handles a wide range of civil commercial litigation matters including labor and employment, contract disputes, business torts, and environmental litigation. She has argued and appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Courts and State courts within California.
By Mana Elihu Lombardo and Brian Tully McLaughlin on Posted in False ClaimsEffective August 1, the penalty range for violations under the civil False Claims Act nearly doubled, pursuant to a Department of Justice interim final rule published on June 30th. In a “Feature Comment” published in The Government Contractor, C&M attorneys analyze how the dramatic increase in FCA penalties impacts the landscape of litigation. The article… Continue Reading
By Mana Elihu Lombardo on Posted in False ClaimsOn May 15-16, 2013, Crowell & Moring is hosting its annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS). This year’s program, entitled Weathering the Rough Seas of Regulation, will once again provide the government contract community with a comprehensive review of the latest developments in federal contracting. In the morning session on May 16, attorneys Andy Liu, Robert… Continue Reading
By Mana Elihu Lombardo on Posted in False ClaimsThe Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. §552, is intended to uphold the principles of transparency and open government, so that citizens can assess government accountability and actions. Since its enactment in 1966, FOIA has also been used by companies to obtain information about their competitors’ prices and contract performance, as well as by… Continue Reading
By Mana Elihu Lombardo on Posted in False ClaimsOn Monday, May 16 the U.S. Supreme Court held that a federal agency’s written response to a FOIA request for records constitutes a “report” within the meaning of the public disclosure bar in the False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq. (See Schindler Elevator Corp. v. United States ex rel Kirk). Reversing… Continue Reading
By Mana Elihu Lombardo on Posted in Small BusinessRecent Changes to the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program took effect on March 14, 2011. This is the First major revision to the 8(a) program since 1998. Per the SBA, the goal of the rule changes were to better ensure that the benefits of the SBA flow to the intended recipients and to help prevent waste, fraud,… Continue Reading
By Mana Elihu Lombardo on Posted in False ClaimsWinning government contracts and grants is vital to the survival of many organizations. It is not surprising then that contractors and grantees sometimes include embellishments and small misstatements in their proposals for government funds. A little puffery never hurt anyone, right? Wrong. Making even a minor factual misstatement or neglecting to provide complete information in… Continue Reading