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Kentucky Court Of Appeals Slashes Punitive Award Against Grant Thornton

A couple of months ago, the Kentucky Court of Appeals in Grant Thornton LLP v. Yung cut a trial court’s award of punitive damages from $80 million to $20 million—reducing the punitive/compensatory ratio to 1:1....more

St. Louis Jury Returns Another Jaw-Dropping Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

In recent years, St. Louis has done much to earn a place on the American Tort Reform Association’s list of judicial hell holes. Not content to rest on its laurels, the St. Louis circuit court grabbed the headlines again last...more

The Administrative Procedure Act - Challenging FBAR Penalties

Over the past 10 years, thousands of U.S. taxpayers with a wide variety of circumstances have been forced to pay extraordinarily high penalties for failure to disclose foreign bank accounts. For years, tax experts said that...more

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

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

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

Reflections on the Twentieth Anniversary of BMW v. Gore

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in BMW of North America. Inc. v. Gore, the first time the Court had ever held that a punitive damages award was unconstitutionally excessive under the Due...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

A Case to Watch: Highway Contractor Appeals $663M False Claims Act Judgment

On August 31, 2015, highway contractors Trinity Industries, Inc. and Trinity Highway Products, LLC (collectively, Trinity) appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit a $663,360,750 final judgment entered...more

A Case to Watch: Highway Contractor Appeals $663M False Claims Act Judgment

On August 31, 2015, highway contractors Trinity Industries, Inc. and Trinity Highway Products, LLC (collectively, Trinity) appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit a $663,360,750 final judgment entered...more

Will the Zwerner FBAR Fine Pass Constitutional Muster?

Last week, a federal jury in Miami found that Carl Zwerner had willfully failed to disclose his foreign bank account to the Treasury Department for calendar years 2004, 2005 and 2006. Zwerner now potentially owes the United...more

FBAR Penalty to Face Excessive Fines Clause Test

Last week, a federal jury in Miami found that Carl Zwerner had willfully failed to disclose his foreign bank account to the Treasury Department for calendar years 2004, 2005 and 2006. Zwerner now potentially owes the United...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - May 2014

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice Group to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. In This...more

Fourth Circuit Oral Argument Considers Questions Concerning Constitutionally Problematic FCA Fines

The Fourth Circuit recently heard oral argument in United States ex rel. Bunk v. Gosselin World Wide Moving (12-1369). During oral argument, the panel explored, among other issues, how to calculate fines under the FCA when...more

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