Mary Kate Healy is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where she practices in both the Antitrust and Government Contracts practice groups. Mary Kate counsels clients across a broad range of industries, including aerospace, defense, health care, and technology. In addition, she represents government contractors in bid protests and False Claims Act investigations, and she counsels corporations regarding potential acquisitions.
By Gail D. Zirkelbach, Jason M. Crawford and Mary Kate Healy on Posted in False ClaimsOn March 2, 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report highlighting necessary improvements to effectively implement the Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program (WPPP). The WPPP, introduced in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, and made permanent by Congress in December 2016, expanded whistleblower rights against reprisal for employees of contractors,… Continue Reading
By Gail D. Zirkelbach, Jason M. Crawford, Mary Kate Healy and Stephanie Willis on Posted in False ClaimsOn February 14, the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion in United States ex rel. Michaels v. Agape Senior Cmty. Inc. addressing only the first of the two issues that the district court had certified for interlocutory appeal: (1) whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) possesses an unreviewable veto authority over proposed settlements and (2) whether… Continue Reading
By Jason M. Crawford and Mary Kate Healy on Posted in False ClaimsOn September 29, 2015, the Fourth Circuit agreed to hear an interlocutory appeal in U.S. ex rel. Michaels et al. v. Agape Senior Community, Inc. to address whether the statistical method of extrapolation may be used to prove liability, in addition to damages, under the False Claims Act. The Fourth Circuit will be the first… Continue Reading
By Mary Kate Healy and Steve McBrady on Posted in ClaimsOn February 12, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in K-CON Building Systems, Inc. v. United States, addressing jurisdiction over contractor claims under the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”). Specifically, K-CON Building Systems explores the implications of claim identification, and whether a contractor can add a new claim to a pending matter when the new… Continue Reading