Luke Levasseur

Luke Levasseur

Luke Levasseur’s litigation practice focuses on government contract matters. He advises and represents clients regarding federal procurement practices and activities. For the past several years, Luke’s practice has focused on litigating large contract disputes and bid protests before the US Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office. He has also represented clients and performed substantial work with respect to False Claims Act litigation. Luke also has experience handling a variety of other federal court litigation for clients, involving such matters as antitrust claims, a trademark dispute and alleged fraud.

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Supreme Court Rejects the Government’s Expansive Interpretation of “Official Act” for Honest Services Fraud and Bribery Allegations

On June 27, 2016, in McDonnell v. United States, the Supreme Court resolved a case of substantial interest to businesses that interact regularly with government officials with respect to grants, contracts, regulations and numerous other matters. The Court vacated …

Recent Fourth Circuit Decision Makes Clear that, with Respect to the FCA Public-Disclosure Bar, the Disclosure’s Timing Must Be Considered Against the First Pleading in which the Relevant Allegations are Initially Made

In United States ex rel. Beuchamp v. Academi Training, the Fourth Circuit recently reversed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA), explaining that the trial court had misapplied the public-disclosure bar when it dismissed the relators’ claims. The …

DoD Revises Its Interim Cybersecurity DFARS Clauses Concerning Network Penetrations and Cloud Computing, Giving Contractors Additional Time To Comply with Applicable NIST Requirements

Back in August 2015, DoD issued an interim rule, which was effective immediately (and was previously discussed on this blog), imposing substantial new requirements on government contractors with respect to reporting information system network penetrations—and providing new cloud …

KBR Wins Second Mandamus Challenge to DC District Court Rulings on Attorney Client Privilege, Denying a False Claims Act Relator the Contractor’s Internal Investigation Materials

Government contractors face ever-increasing pressure to develop robust compliance programs that, among other things, detect potential violations of laws and regulations—which they are then obliged to report to the agency inspector general and the contracting officer. Like many large contractors, …

In an Important Victory for Government Contractors, the Supreme Court Holds that WSLA Does Not Toll the FCA’s Statute of Limitations

Government contractors and health care companies have become increasingly concerned about the application of the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (“WSLA”), 18 U.S.C. § 3287, and the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) and False Claims Act (“FCA”) relators’ arguments that …

What is Required for Discussions to Be Meaningful?

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series of posts focused on protest allegations related to discussions with offerors. The first post addressed differences between clarifications and discussions. Planned future posts will cover what qualifies as misleading discussions,

Eighth Circuit Provides Explanation of the FCA’s Public Disclosure Bar and Original Source Exception while Affirming the Dismissal of False Claims Allegations

In a case against two medical device makers in which DOJ (reasonably) declined to intervene, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a series of False Claims Act allegations. The court’s opinion provides …