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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 Joseph F. Savage, Jr. and Marielle Sanchez
Elections have consequences, and the election of President Trump has resulted in a significant shift in law enforcement priorities. Corporate enforcement activity is at lows not seen in decades, despite an overall increase in federal criminal cases. This is a product of a change in priorities, both in terms of types of offenses and types of offender. So, for the time being, there will be almost unprecedented opportunity to achieve favorable resolutions for corporate clients.
By Harry Sandick and Danielle Quinn
A defendant who pleads guilty is usually required to waive a host of constitutional and statutory rights, such as the right to a jury trial, the right to confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses, the right to testify and present evidence. However, many defendants are also required to waive their right to appeal in order to receive a favorable plea agreement with the government.
By Robert J. Anello and Kostya Lantsman
Business has gone global. So too has business-related crime. In the interconnected business environment, white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions frequently present cross-border issues and affect U.S. foreign relations. Indeed, in some recent high-profile cases, the Trump administration has implied that it sees law enforcement — or the lack of it — as one of the tools in its foreign policy arsenal.
By Surya Kundu
Seventh Circuit Distinguishes Between Truth and Truthiness