There are growing concerns about the trends in cases being brought under the False Claims Act (FCA) and related federal and state statutes, including state laws modeled on the FCA. These statutes have the unique ability to be enforced by the government — the U.S. Department of Justice or, in the case of state statutes, the state attorneys general — or by whistleblowers or other entrepreneurial plaintiffs seeking to take advantage of the qui tam or private attorneys general-like authorizations to sue under these acts. The incentives to file lawsuits under these acts are also substantial, including because of the availability of treble damages. Recent caselaw and statutory developments have also generated controversy, in part because cases are claimed to be harder to dismiss. Our expert panel from diverse perspectives will discuss recent case and statutory developments under the FCA and related statutes, and they will help evaluate the state of the law and the consequences of those developments.
Jonathan L. Diesenhaus, Partner, Hogan Lovells.
Emily I. Gerry, Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Leah Judge, Associate Attorney, Constantine Cannon LLP
Colette Matzzie, Partner, Phillips & Cohen LLP.
Moderator: Matthew Richardson, Director, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives of the Law and Economics Center, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
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