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Disclosure Considerations and Tax Reform

by Bracewell LLP on

The impact of tax reform is on the minds of many. While there are currently many unknowns, municipal issuers and conduit borrowers (collectively, “obligated persons”) should consider whether changes in tax law could impact...more

The Expanding False Claims Act Materiality Requirement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

There is a renewed focus on the government’s activities for purposes of the False Claims Act (FCA) materiality analysis and as demonstrated by a number of recently issued decisions, the roster of relevant government actors is...more

A Dialogue With Corporate Counsel: Skadden’s Seventh Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Seminar

Panelists examined major enforcement actions from 2017 and identified key trends. Aggressive Enforcement With a Decrease in High-Dollar Settlements. Panelists noted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues its...more

Escobar: Year One

Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016) was a landmark case in FCA jurisprudence. In Escobar, the Supreme Court held that the implied false certification theory can be a basis for...more

Fifth Circuit Decision in Highway Guardrails Case Provides Important Guidance on Materiality in False Claims Act Cases

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently decided a case that could have a substantial impact on False Claims Act (“FCA”) jurisprudence with respect to the element of “materiality.” In U.S. ex rel. Joshua...more

Federal Government Will Seek Dismissal of False Claims Act Cases That Lack Merit

by Ruder Ware on

A top official in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a major change in the federal government’s position on claims brought under the False Claims Act (FCA). Michael Granston, the director of DOJ’s Civil...more

Change in Policy or Same Old Story? DOJ Suggests it Will Dismiss Unmeritorious Qui Tam Suits

An early report from the Health Care Compliance Association’s Health Care Enforcement Compliance Institute states that DOJ will be moving to dismiss False Claims Act cases that it concludes lack merit. DOJ has not yet posted...more

Third Circuit Confirms Government Knowledge Can Defeat Scienter and Materiality Requirements for False Claims Act Liability

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In Spay v. CVS Caremark Corp., the Third Circuit became the latest court of appeals to hold that, in False Claims Act litigation, scienter can be lacking when the government has knowledge of "the facts...more

Fifth Circuit Ruling Shows Government’s Actions Are Key Under Escobar

by Alston & Bird on

Government contractors continue to closely follow the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark False Claims Act decision in Universal Health v. U.S. ex rel Escobar. Most recently, in U.S. ex rel Harman v. Trinity...more

Fifth Circuit Relies on Escobar in Vacating $663 Million FCA Judgment

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a $663 million judgment, concluding that the Supreme Court’s opinion in Escobar doomed the plaintiff’s FCA claims on the issue of materiality....more

Federal Court Strikes DOJ's Risk Adjustment False Claims Act Case - For Now

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 5, a federal district court in California dealt a significant setback to the government’s efforts to extend False Claims Act (FCA) liability to Medicare risk adjustment submissions....more

Dismissal of Medicare Advantage FCA Suit Marks Significant Defeat for Government

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently dismissed a complaint-in-intervention filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in U.S. ex rel. Swoben v. Secure Horizons. As previously reported,...more

Under What Circumstances Can a Private Qui Tam Plaintiff Overrule Government Agency Experts' Use of Administrative Discretion to...

• How have appellate courts applied the Supreme Court’s ruling in Escobar? • If the government is aware of the relator’s allegation, but does not undertake any administrative action to address the defendant’s alleged...more

Are You Ready for "New GAAP" Revenue Recognition? SEC Disclosure Considerations

by Jones Day on

"NEW GAAP" REVENUE RECOGNITION - In 2014, the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued new revenue standards under Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - September 2017/ Volume 9 / Issue 3

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between May 2017 and August 2017....more

Lessons From a Year of Escobar

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

It has been one year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, which resolved a circuit split as to the validity of the implied false certification theory...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 33

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New and Updated C&DIs on Omission of Financial Information from Draft Registration Statements - Since the adoption of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

Trading in Opaque Markets: Fraud, Materiality and Compliance

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the final segment of an occasional series regarding a group of criminal and civil securities fraud actions involving trading in opaque markets and the lessons that can be drawn the prosecutions. ...more

Trading in Opaque Markets: Fraud, Materiality and Compliance

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the third segment of an occasional series regarding a group of criminal and civil securities fraud actions involving trading in opaque markets and the lessons that can be drawn them. Litvak II - Before Shapiro...more

Implied False Certification Theory Fails in FCA Case Against Billing Agent

A court in the Southern District of New York (“SDNY” or the “Court”) recently released an important decision applying the Supreme Court’s landmark Escobar ruling to a qui tam action involving percentage fee arrangements for...more

Sixth Circuit: Technical Physician Signature Deficiencies not "Material" to Reimbursement Claims

by Jones Day on

The District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee held on June 22, 2017, that the timing requirements related to a physician's certification of need for home health services were not "material" to the Centers for...more

Federal Circuit Finds Regeneron Transgenic Mouse Patent Invalid For Inequitable Conduct With Intent Inferred From Litigation...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a 38 page decision with a 19 page dissent by Judge Newman, the Federal Circuit determined that Regeneron’s transgenic mouse patent is unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. The decision was rendered in Regeneron...more

Materiality – “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda?”

by Allen Matkins on

John Jenkins recently took note of this letter from the SEC’s Office of Investor Advocate commenting on a proposal by the Financial Accounting Standards Board to amend the definition of “materiality” in Concepts Statement No....more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In Regeneron v. Merus, a divided panel affirms a determination of unenforceability for violation of the duty of disclosure. What is interesting about the case is that neither the district court nor the majority reviewed...more

Ninth Circuit Ruling Weakens Materiality Standard under the FCA

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

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