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Department of Justice Imposes Almost 100% Increase in Minimum and Maximum Monetary Penalties Under FCA

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced an interim final rule almost doubling per-claim penalties under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The FCA still imposes treble damages for government losses in...more

DOJ Doubles FCA Civil Penalties

As required by last November's Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, the Department of Justice on June 30 released an interim final rule making inflationary adjustments to civil monetary penalties under its jurisdiction, including...more

Do as We Say, Not as We Do: Government Agency (Deliciously) Exempts Itself—and the Rest of the Government—From the TCPA

Happy Independence Day! While you were off barbecuing and lighting fireworks this weekend the FCC’s staff was feverishly working to give Uncle Sam a birthday present—free reign to robocall your cell phone! That’s right,...more

What Employers With Affirmative Action Policies Need to Know About a Recent Supreme Court Decision

Many employers who have read about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent affirmative action decision are wondering what impact, if any, the ruling will have on them. After all, the main issue in that case was the propriety of a...more

False Claims Act Update

As anticipated, the DOJ follows the RRB’s lead, nearly doubling FCA penalties. In accordance with Section 701 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), Public Law 114-74, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) published an...more

DOJ issues interim rule nearly doubling penalties under the False Claims Act

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday, June 30, 2016, issued an interim rule increasing penalties under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §3729 et seq. (FCA) from the current range of $5,500 to $11,000 per false claim,...more

City Slapped Down on anti-SLAPP Claim

Details of a Potential NFL Deal for Carson Not of Public Interest, Court Says - In a decision that illustrates government entities’ limits of the anti-SLAPP process, an appellate court rejected the City of Carson’s use...more

Universal Health Services v. Escobar

On Thursday of last week, the Supreme Court for the first time addressed the “implied certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act. The Court ruled unanimously that the theory is valid in certain...more

False Claims Act Penalties Moving Full Steam Ahead

By August 1, 2016, all federal agencies must adjust their civil monetary penalties, including penalties required by the False Claims Act (“FCA”), to account for inflation. Last month, the Railroad Retirement Board, which...more

Cook County Circuit Court Dismisses 201 False Claims Act Lawsuits

At a hearing yesterday, Cook County Circuit Judge James Snyder granted the State of Illinois’ (State) Motion to Dismiss 201 Illinois False Claims Act (FCA) cases filed by the law firm of Stephen B. Diamond, PC (Relator)...more

Awardee Protests: A New Horizon? In departure from GAO precedents, Court of Federal Claims finds awardee under multiple-award...

The bid protest long has been the province of the disappointed bidder/offeror—the government contractor that competed for the award of a federal contract and lost. A new decision from the United States Court of Federal Claims...more

FCPA compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 251-oral argument in the Supreme Court on McDonnell v. US [Video]

In this episode, I post the full oral argument at the US Supreme Court in McDonnell v. US. Please see my blog post discussing the case for further analysis and discussion. ...more

FCA Penalties Slated to Nearly Double This Year

A little known federal agency, the Railroad Retirement Board (“Board”), which administers retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for railroad workers, published an interim final rule on May 2, 2016...more

Mandatory FCA Per Claim Penalties Dramatically Increased from $11,000 to $21,563

The penalties are potentially astronomical for entities with FCA exposure. In addition to treble damages, the False Claims Act (FCA) provides for mandatory penalties for each false claim submitted “of not less than...more

TN Republican Party Challenges MA Pay-to-Play Rules

On April 12, the Tennessee Republican Party filed a petition in the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to invalidate the SEC’s approval of new rules extending the MSRB’s long-standing “pay-to-play” prohibitions to new...more

The Quiet War Between California’s Charter Cities and the State’s Prevailing Wage Law

Behind the scenes a quiet war is raging. A war pitting local sovereignty, on one hand, against a Depression-era law intended to help those working on state and local public works projects, on the other....more

Bad News, Good News: Supreme Court Clarifies Federal Contractor Immunity Standards

The Supreme Court both limited and expanded the legal standards that relate to federal contractor immunity from lawsuits in a decision released last week. According to the January 20, 2016 decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v....more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Claims

The United States Supreme Court further removed a valuable tool from class action defendants’ arsenals January 20, 2016, ruling 6-3 that a class action cannot be mooted by an offer of judgment conferring full relief to an...more

Supreme Court Decides Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, holding that an unaccepted offer to satisfy a named plaintiff’s individual claim does not render a case moot. The Court also held that sovereign...more

Sixth Circuit Joins Sister Circuits In Using Arm-Of-The-State Analysis To Define “Person” Under The False Claims Act

The FCA imposes liability on “any person” that makes a false statement in violation of the Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729(a)(1). Although the Act itself does not define “person,” the Supreme Court has said only that a person cannot...more

A New Arrow in the Quiver for Physicians Facing Dual Civil and Criminal Fraud Investigations

At a time when doctors face increased pressure from competition, reduced fee schedules, and greater scrutiny from insurance company Special Investigative Units (“SIUs”) and State Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutors...more

Government Can Be Estopped from Going Back on Precondemnation Promises

When the government promises to do one thing and then does another, it usually has myriad excuses. Sometimes it claims that its staff (the people with whom the opposing side are typically interacting) cannot bind the agency....more

Constitutionality of 8(a) Program Reaffirmed

Earlier this year, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reaffirmed the facial constitutionality of the 8(a) Program in response to a challenge by a small business owner, and he also rejected an...more

Kingdomware Vs. the VA: Supreme Court Case to be Dismissed?

If you are already aware of the Kingdomware case, you will likely be surprised to hear that on November 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order to the parties in the Kingdomware case to submit briefs on whether the...more

DOL ALJ Orders Government Contractor To Produce Documents To OFCCP

On October 23, 2015, a Department of Labor (“DOL”) administrative law judge (“ALJ”) ordered a government contractor, Convergys Customer Management Group, Inc. (“Convergys”), to submit its affirmative action program along with...more

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