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Ninth Circuit Ruling Weakens Materiality Standard under the FCA

Last year in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar et al. the Supreme Court reminded litigants that the False Claims Act “is not an all-purpose antifraud statute.” In that case, the Court expanded...more

Will 2017 Be the Year of Insider Trading Reform?

For several years running, insider trading has been among the most high-profile enforcement priorities for both DOJ and the SEC. Unlike most federal criminal law, insider trading remains undefined by statute, having instead...more

SEC Describes Recent Efforts to Combat Pyramid Schemes and Affinity Frauds

Over the past two years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stepped up enforcement actions against pyramid schemes and related affinity frauds. Last week, in a speech at the University of Illinois at Chicago,...more

Fourth Circuit to Weigh in on Use of Statistical Sampling in False Claims Act Cases

Last month, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear an interlocutory appeal on the issue of whether to allow statistical sampling to prove liability and damages in a False Claims Act (FCA) case. By taking this...more

Will Judge Rakoff Get His Wish? – Changes to Federal Sentencing Guidelines May Alter the Plea Bargaining Process

In an article last fall, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff lamented the prevalence and process of plea bargaining in today’s criminal justice system. While plea bargains currently resolve an estimated 97 percent of federal...more

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