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False Claims Act Statistics, News & Analysis

D.C. Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment to Defendant Where Relator "Utterly Failed to Tie" Alleged Kickbacks to a "Specific False Claim"

We have previously blogged about the long-running Barko qui tam litigation, in which V&E is defending KBR against FCA claims brought by Relator Harry Barko. As our prior post explains, Barko’s complaint centers primarily around an allegation that a KBR procurement employee took kickbacks from a subcontractor in return for purported favorable treatment, including awarding subcontracts with insufficient competition, allowing double-billing for goods and services (without back-charging the subcontractor), concealing poor performance, and other alleged wrongdoing. In March 2017, the district court granted summary judgment to KBR.

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District Court Shreds Defendant's Hopes of Summary Judgment on Materiality Due to Government's "Mixed Signals"

In a decision earlier this Spring, the D.C. District Court denied cross-motions for summary judgment in a government-intervened implied false certification suit alleging that defendant Capitol Supply sold document shredders through the General Services Administration (“GSA”) website that did not comply with the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) because they were manufactured in China.

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Keep Your Friends Close and Your Subcontractors Even Closer: Prime and Sub Mostly Win Motion to Dismiss Against Second-Tier Sub

The D.C. District Court recently dove headfirst into the complexities of government contracting (and subcontracting) and dismissed most of a hydra-headed 77-page FCA complaint against a prime contractor and first-tier subcontractor brought by executives of a second-tier subcontractor. United State ex rel. Keaveney v. SRA Int’l, Inc., No. 13-855, 2016 WL 6988787 (D.D.C. Nov. 29, 2016). That a subcontractor’s executives brought an FCA action against the contractors that hired them is by itself worth noting. But the opinion, too, offers a mixed bag of assuaging certain worries for government contractors while highlighting new ones.

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War Dogs Brings the False Claims Act to the Silver Screen, Offers Lessons to Government Contractors

While we here at LLB toiled away at our FCA mapFCA statistics, and FCA case law analysis in preparation for our August launch, we did poke our heads out of our cave long enough to notice that the FCA had just hit the big screen! No, we are not talking about the highly acclaimed FCA video that now appears on LLB. In August, mere weeks before we launched, the movie War Dogs hit theatres across the U.S., recounting the (highly-)dramatized but true tale of two twenty-somethings who cashed in on enormous profits by contracting to support military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Operating as AEY, Inc., the unlikely duo, working from their Miami apartment, won a $300 million ammunitions contract for the U.S. Army, and—allegedly—violated the FCA along the way.

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In the Eye of the Storm: Recovering from Wind, Rain, and False Claims Act Liability After a Natural Disaster

With hurricane and tropical storm season in full force, large parts of America face, or anticipate, the prospect of recovering from a natural disaster. Images of destruction wrought by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Irene, and Sandy have etched themselves into America’s collective consciousness. In addition to the human toll, these events posed an incredible financial cost. The four hurricanes mentioned above caused approximately $208.4 billion in destruction, requiring states to compensate quickly by rebuilding infrastructure such as roads, bridges, homes, public utilities, and to provide services to those displaced by the damage.

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Once More, Unto the Breach of Contract…

The government and relators alike have long attempted to erode the distinction between breach of contract and fraud by bringing fraud cases based on conduct that, at most, gives rise to a claim for breach of contract. A recent case from the Second Circuit provides an illustrative peek into how one circuit is drawing a hard line in the sand this year when it comes to distinguishing between breach and fraud.

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