False Claims Act Attorney-Client Privilege

The False Claims Act is a United States federal law originally enacted in 1863 to recover fraudulently acquired funds from government contractors.  In 1986, The False Claims Act was amended to increase... more +
The False Claims Act is a United States federal law originally enacted in 1863 to recover fraudulently acquired funds from government contractors.  In 1986, The False Claims Act was amended to increase whistleblower incentives and to permit the government to seek treble damages for allegations of fraud against the government less -
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The 60 Day Rule — Identification and Knowing Avoidance

On August 3, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion and order in Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc., et al.[1] that provides the first judicial interpretation of the requirement...more

Scope of Attorney-Client Privilege And Work Product Doctrine In Internal Investigations Clarified

The scope of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine for internal investigation reports has once again been clarified by the D.C. Circuit in a False Claims Act case against defense contractor KBR, Inc. In its...more

Internal Investigation Documents Are Protected from Disclosure in False Claims Act Case, D.C. Circuit Holds

Reversing a lower court decision, the D.C. Circuit recently concluded – for a second time – that certain internal audit documents are protected from disclosure by the attorney-client communication and work production...more

D.C. Circuit Confirms: Attorney-Client Privilege Applies to Internal Investigations of Whistleblower Complaints Conducted at the...

The ability to preserve privilege for highly sensitive internal investigations conducted at the direction of attorneys is alive and well. In a closely watched decision on the scope of the attorney-client privilege as applied...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege Again in In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.

On August 11, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted a petition by Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (“KBR”) for a writ of mandamus in order to protect KBR’s assertion of attorney-client privilege over its...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Validity of Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protection in Internal Investigations

On August 11, 2015, in United States ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton et al., No. 14-5319, slip op. (D.C. Cir. Aug. 11, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an important opinion vacating another series of...more

Appeals Court Clarifies Attorney-Client, Work Product Privileges in Internal Investigation Context: 3 Takeaways

In its latest review of the attorney-client and work product privileges in In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (“In re KBR”), the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit again rejected the district court’s restrictive...more

Appeals Court Decision Protects Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigation

In In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al., No. 14-5319 (D.C. Cir. August 11, 2015), the Court reversed a district court’s ruling that KBR waived these protections by using materials created in the course of a privileged...more

DC Circuit reaffirms confidentiality of internal investigation communications

For the second time in 14 months, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has taken the extraordinary step of issuing a writ of mandamus to stop a federal district court from requiring a federal government contractor to...more

D.C. Circuit Weighs In Once Again in KBR Privilege Fight

In the ongoing saga which has been the subject of a previous post on this blog, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has once again found that the district court erred in ordering the production of the...more

Circuit Court Affirms $237.5 Million Judgment Against Tuomey

On July 2, 2015, the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $237,454,195 judgment against Tuomey Health Care System (Tuomey) for violations of the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), which liability arose from violations of the Stark law....more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Awards Another Whistleblowing Compliance Officer - On April 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award between $1.4 and $1.6 million to a compliance officer who provided information...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - June 2015

The Unfolding FIFA Scandal: Will the DOJ Show the Banks a Red Card? - Why it matters: The worldwide soccer community has for years decried the brazen corruption that permeated FIFA, international soccer’s governing...more

Implied Waiver of Privilege in Internal Investigations: Barko Court Compels Production of Internal Investigation Documents, Again

On November 20, 2014, the District Court for the District of Columbia once again ordered Kellogg, Brown and Root (“KBR”) to produce all documents prepared as part of an internal investigation.  The District Court’s decision...more

Uncertain Privilege: Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege in False Claims Act Litigation

In a pending False Claims Act (“FCA”) case stemming from alleged violations of the physician self-referral law (the “Stark Law”), 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn, and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”), 42 U.S.C. §1320a-7b, the...more

White Collar Watch - October 2014

In This Issue: - Government demonstrates willingness to enforce Affordable Care Act provision that could cost providers millions of dollars - Words can come back to haunt you: Boilerplate pleading could lead...more

Words can come back to haunt you: Boilerplate pleading could lead to inadvertent waiver of attorney-client privilege

Recently, a federal district court in Georgia ruled that a defendant waived the attorney-client privilege in communications with counsel about the lawfulness of its conduct under the False Claims Act simply by pleading good...more

Provider Waives Attorney-Client Privilege in Qui Tam Case by Asserting Compliance with Law

A federal district court recently rejected a health care provider’s claim of attorney-client privilege and ordered the provider to produce written communications with its lawyers regarding the provider’s compliance with the...more

D.C. Circuit Court Expands Privilege in Internal Corporate Investigations

There are numerous federal regulations requiring investigations into possible fraud, related to both mandatory disclosure and simply performing some fact gathering while seeking legal advice. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Court Broadens Confidentiality of Investigations - D.C. Circuit extends privilege in internal corporate probes, but inconsistent...

You are counsel to a government contractor that is conducting an internal investigation into possible fraud. Federal mandatory disclosure obligations require an investigation, as does the need to gather facts to seek legal...more

Supreme Court to Take Up Kellogg Brown & Root Whistleblower Case

It’s impossible to understate the importance of strict adherence to procedure when initiating a qui tam action under the False Claims Act. Unfortunately under our legal system, otherwise meritorious claims can often be...more

Attorney-Client Privilege Protection in Internal Investigations Upheld by D.C. Circuit: Good News for Corporate Counsel

In a much-anticipated decision, the D.C. Circuit clarified the general test for the applicability of the attorney-client privilege in internal investigations. In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., 14-5505, 2014 WL 2895939 (D.C....more

DC Circuit Maintains Protections for Internal Investigations

Many of the privileges the law recognizes against the compelled disclosure of information exist in order to promote candor. For instance, attorney-client privilege exists because people must be able to remain open and honest...more

D.C. Circuit Clarified 4 Critical Factors Regarding Attorney-Client Privilege in Corporate Internal Investigations, Finding...

In a recent post, we discussed the D.C. Circuit’s consideration of the District Court’s decision in U.S. ex.rel Barko v. Halliburton Co. et al., Case No. 05-01276 (D.D.C. 2014), which provided an alarming perspective on the...more

Appeals Court Confirms that Results of Internal Investigation are Privileged

On June 27, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision in In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., an important ruling which confirms the application of the attorney-client...more

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