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Part Three of a Three-Part Article
The question remains: Is the defendant in a False Claims Act matter barred from discussing the case, as are the relator and the government?
Editor’s Note: In light of the background of Parts One and Two of this article, the question remains: Is the defendant in a False Claims Act (FCA) matter barred from discussing the case, as are the relator and the government?
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