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During the nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 15th, then United States Attorney General nominee William Barr backpedaled on earlier statements he had made about the False Claims Act being “an abomination.” Instead he testified that, with Barr at its helm, the Department of Justice would continue to vigorously enforce the statute. But recent actions by the DOJ suggest that although the DOJ may continue to prosecute certain relators’ FCA cases, other relators may find themselves on the other side of a government motion to dismiss. For corporations facing not only treble damages but millions of dollars in attorneys’ fees spent on defending against FCA cases, this may be viewed as welcome relief. In FY 2018 alone the DOJ collected over $2 billion from qui tams. Indeed, many companies find themselves embroiled in multiple FCA cases at a time. Most of the qui tams over the last few years have been in the healthcare industry. Now that military spending is ramping up, the expectation is qui tams in the defense industry will also increase.
By Jonathan S. Feld, Jason Ross and Amelia Marquis
When used for work, mobile devices routinely contain employers’ proprietary and confidential data. The struggle between Government requests for access to such data and constitutional protections — including the Government’s ability to compel the turnover of biometric “keys” to unlock mobile devices — create areas of concern.
By Telemachus P. Kasulis
Two criminal appeals before the Second Circuit require the Court of Appeals to decide whether the violation of a fiduciary relationship is required to create insider trading liability or if a breach of contract is sufficient.
By Matthew D. Feil and Andrew M. Serrao
Will Prosecutors Take Advantage?
The recent decision in United States v. Blaszczak may signal a change in how prosecutors in the Second Circuit, and perhaps in other jurisdictions, pursue insider-trading cases.
Former Barbados Government Official Convicted on U.S. Money Laundering Charges Following Insurance Company of Barbados FCPA Settlement