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The False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §3729 et seq., which is more than 150 years old, was originally intended to protect the federal government from fraud perpetrated by war profiteers. Over the years, its scope has expanded to any recipient of federal dollars, especially health care companies. Since 1986, the federal government’s recoveries have exceeded $59 billion in FCA settlements and judgments. DOJ, Fraud Statistics – Overview, at 1 (http://bit.ly/2GlIAvp). In 2018 alone, the total recovery was over $2.8 billion, most of which was health-care related. DOJ, Fraud Statistics – Overview, at 1, 3.
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