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Mucking about and other news

Drugmaker pays $25 million to settle military claim
Robert Little – (The Baltimore Sun) – June 10, 2011 – The medical questions about the Army’s use of Factor VII, its one-time wonder drug, have largely been resolved by the scientific evidence: Yes, it is potentially dangerous. No, it doesn’t seem to work.

But to critics of the drug’s use, some practical questions remained. Such as: Why was an obscure and extremely expensive hemophilia drug embraced by Army leaders as a treatment for combat injuries? And why was it injected into thousands of wounded troops and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan despite a near-complete lack of evidence that it was safe or saved lives?

A federal whistle-blower lawsuit unsealed in Baltimore on Friday offers the first hints of an answer.

In a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice, the drug’s Danish manufacturer, Novo Nordisk, agreed to pay $25 million to resolve allegations that it illegally promoted the drug to the Army as a treatment for traumatic bleeding. (Click HERE for article)

FOIA Friday: List of Defense Logistics Agency Audit Reports
NICK SCHWELLENBACH – (POGO) – June 10, 2011 – This week’s document:List of audit reports completed by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Accountability Office, now known as the DLA Office of Inspector General, from November 2008 through March 2011.

Originating agency: Defense Logistics Agency.

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Taxes – we pilfer from them but we won’t pay them & other news

Meanwhile, the owners and officers of some contractors that weren’t paying federal taxes had significant personal assets, including a sports team, a high-performance airplane, commercial properties, multimillion-dollar homes and luxury vehicles, the GAO said in its 2007 report. ~ Tom Shean – Virginian-Pilot~

History Facts for May 22

  • 1455 – King Henry VI was taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St. Albans, during the War of the Roses.
  • 1900 – The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.
  • 1977 – Janet Guthrie set the fastest time of the second weekend of qualifying, becoming the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 since its inception in 1911.
  • 1995 – Mr. and Ms Sparky were married
  • illustration by Jacob Thomas (Bloomberg)

    Tax requirement delayed, to the relief of companies
    Tom Shean – (The Virginian-Pilot) – May 22, 2011 – Companies doing business with the federal government have a bit more breathing room from what some say is an onerous tax provision.

    Earlier this month, the IRS delayed for another year a government plan for holding back 3 percent of the amounts paid to federal contractors.

    The program, designed to cover contractors’ tax liabilities, originally was scheduled to take effect at the beginning of 2011. The date was pushed back two years ago to 2012. Now it’s Jan. 1, 2013.

    Still, “it will be a cash-flow nightmare” for smaller defense contractors, especially those with modest profit margins, predicted Gregg N. Funkhouser, partner in charge of government contracting for the CPA firm Dixon Hughes Goodman.

    While the average profit margin for his defense-contractor clients is 7 percent, the margins for some are as low as 1 percent, and these companies likely will suffer, Funkhouser said during a presentation in Norfolk last week. (Click HERE for article)

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    Supreme Court turns down lawsuit against Halliburton over injury suffered in Iraq fuel convoy

    June 28, 2010 – WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a woman who wants to sue Halliburton for the brain injury her husband suffered when a truck in a fuel convoy crashed in Iraq.

    The justices, without comment Monday, let stand a federal appeals court ruling dismissing the lawsuit filed by Annette Carmichael of Atlanta, on behalf of her husband, Sgt. Keith Carmichael. The Obama administration recommended denial of the appeal.

    The soldier was a gunner assigned to ride in a tanker truck operated by Kellogg, Brown & Root — Halliburton’s former subsidiary — during the convoy in 2004. He was thrown and pinned beneath the truck when the civilian driver failed to negotiate a curve.

    According to court documents, Carmichael was left in a permanent vegetative state.

    Carmichael sued KBR and Halliburton in Georgia state court in 2006. The companies had the suit transferred to federal court where they won dismissal.

    The case is Carmichael v. Kellogg, Brown & Root, 09-683.  (Click HERE for original article)