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Seismic Shift in VA Trade Agreements Act Policy

Posted in GSA Schedule/Commercial Items
Earlier this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) announced a seismic shift in policy that opens VA Schedule 65 IB to covered drugs that do not comply with the Trade Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. §2501 et seq.) (“TAA”).  While the VA’s prior policy prohibited contractors from offering TAA non-compliant drugs from on  a Federal… Continue Reading

C&M Lawyers Conduct Live Webinar on TAA Risks on Wednesday, September 10

Posted in GSA Schedule/Commercial Items
On Wednesday, September 9th at 12 PM Eastern, join our government contracts attorneys for a webinar entitled: “Mitigating Trade Agreements Act Risks for GSA Schedule Holders.” During this 60-minute webinar, we will provide an overview of the GSA Schedule contract requirements related to the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”), review recent enforcement actions by the government… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Finally Gets His “Bite at the Apple” in Alleging TAA Non-Compliance

Posted in False Claims
Professional whistleblower Brady Folliard’s most recent False Claims Act suit against technology vendors alleging violations of the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) has survived a motion to dismiss with respect to two defendants (GovPlace and Government Acquisitions, Inc.), but otherwise has been dismissed for the other six defendants (which include Hewlett Packard and GTSI Corporation). In… Continue Reading

Learn More about GSA Schedule Contracting!

Posted in GSA Schedule/Commercial Items
I will be participating in a webinar on June 1, 2011, to discuss GSA Schedule contracting. This webinar will provide an informative overview of the key contract requirements and compliance obligations, including pricing disclosures, the Price Reduction Clause, Trade Agreements Act, labor qualifications, and payment of the Industrial Funding Fee. It will also provide insightful discussion of… Continue Reading

How to Avoid False Claims Act Allegations: Have a Systematic Process to Identify TAA Non-Compliant Products

Posted in False Claims
Home Depot was sued in 2008 by two whistleblowers claiming that the company had violated the False Claims Act by selling products that did not comply with the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) to the U.S. government through its GSA Schedule contract. The United States has not intervened in the case. Home Depot recently moved for reconsideration of… Continue Reading

More Alleged TAA Violations by GSA Schedule Contractors

Posted in GSA Schedule/Commercial Items
The United States has intervened in yet another False Claims Act suit against GSA Schedule contractors alleging violations of the Trade Agreements Act. On November 24, 2010, the United States filed its Complaint in Intervention in U.S. ex rel. Navarro v. Divine Imaging, Inc. et al.  The complaint alleges that four different office supply companies… Continue Reading

Are Your Products TAA Compliant? If Not, Your Competitor Might Blow the Whistle on You.

Posted in False Claims
Almost five years ago, a number of large office products companies with GSA Schedule contracts settled allegations that they had submitted false claims when selling office products to the U.S. Government that were not compliant with the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”). The allegations came not from a government audit or from employees of these companies, but… Continue Reading