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The use of the FCA is part of a larger DOJ strategy to develop multi-faceted solutions for this public health emergency.
The False Claims Act (FCA) (31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733) is often at the forefront of civil fraud cases. The statute serves as the government’s primary civil remedy to redress false claims for healthcare benefits, government funds and property under government programs and contracts relating to such areas as Medicare, defense and national security, food safety and inspection, federally insured loans and mortgages, small business contracts, and disaster assistance. FCA violators can be hammered with staggering monetary damages and penalties. One false claim alone carries a penalty ranging from $10,957 to $21,916 (82 FR 9131), and cases warranting the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will likely involve thousands, if not millions, of claims. Defendants can also be ordered to pay treble the amount of the government’s damages. Between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017, the DOJ obtained more than $3.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil FCA cases. More than 64% of these recoveries ($2.4 billion) involved the health care industry, including drug companies, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and physicians.
By Ryan McConnell and Stephanie Bustamante
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to due diligence, but some methods are significantly cheaper and more aligned to the business than others.
By Chris Ott
Cryptocurrency theft remains a major concern for traders and investors given that billions of dollars of cryptocurrency are stolen every year. These cutting-edge problems intersect in interesting ways with companies' existing fraud and anti-money laundering concerns, but it all starts with the cryptocurrency "wallet."
By Harry Sandick and Jacqueline Bonneau
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
The U.S. Supreme Court last year continued to express concern about government overreach, and otherwise handed down decisions favorable to defendants. Although the Court rendered only one major criminal law decision in that term, many other cases it decided hold important lessons for defense counsel.
By Janice Inman
‘Clerical Error’ Must Be Altered to Reflect the Plea, Not the Indictment