The False Claims Act (FCA) is well-known as one of the most powerful tools in the government's arsenal to combat fraud, waste and abuse anywhere government funds are implicated. The U.S. Department of Justice has issued statements and guidance indicating some new thinking in the Trump Administration about its approach to FCA cases that may signal a meaningful shift in its enforcement efforts. But at the same time, newly filed FCA cases remain at historical peak levels and the DOJ has enjoyed ten straight years of nearly $3 billion or more in annual FCA recoveries. The government has also made clear that it intends vigorously to pursue any fraud, waste and abuse in connection with COVID-related stimulus funds. As much as ever, any company that deals in government funds-especially in the financial services sector-needs to stay abreast of how the government and private whistleblowers alike are wielding this tool, and how they can prepare and defend themselves.
Please join us to discuss developments in the FCA, including:
- The latest trends in FCA enforcement actions and associated litigation affecting the financial services sector;
- Updates on the Trump Administration's approach to FCA enforcement, including developments with recent DOJ Civil Division personnel changes and DOJ's use of its statutory dismissal authority;
- The coming surge of COVID-related FCA enforcement actions; and
- The latest developments in FCA case law, including developments in particular FCA legal theories affecting your industry and the continued evolution of how lower courts are interpreting the Supreme Court's Escobar decision.
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Stuart F. Delery is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office. He represents corporations and individuals in high-stakes litigation and investigations that involve the federal government across the spectrum of regulatory litigation and enforcement. Previously, as the Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States (the third-ranking position at the Department of Justice) and as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, he supervised the DOJ's enforcement efforts under the FCA, FIRREA and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
F. Joseph Warin is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, chair of the office's Litigation Department, and co-chair of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar crime, and regulatory and securities enforcement - including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, False Claims Act cases, special committee representations, compliance counseling and class action civil litigation.
James Zelenay is a partner in the Los Angeles office where he practices in the firm's Litigation Department. He is experienced in defending clients involved in white collar investigations, assisting clients in responding to government subpoenas, and in government civil fraud litigation. He also has substantial experience with the federal and state False Claims Acts and whistleblower litigation, in which he has represented a breadth of industries and clients, and has written extensively on the False Claims Act.
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