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False Claims Act Statistics, News & Analysis

The Trouble With Emojis: Emerging Legal Issues and Proposed Business Responses 06-27-2019

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideEmojis — the picture symbols that are so commonplace in texts and instant messages — pose a growing legal threat to businesses. This program will explore the communication disconnects and legal problems arising from emojis, including case studies and quizzes to test your knowledge of emojis’ meanings, and will offer targeted responses to help protect businesses from legal liability.

Government’s Filing of Complaint Against Private Equity Company Signals New Focus on Private Equity and Other Investors 04-24-2019

V&E False Claims Act Update, April 24, 2019

In a new development in False Claims Act (“FCA”) litigation, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has filed a complaint-in-intervention naming, among other defendants, California-based private equity firm, Riordan, Lewis & Haden, Inc. (“RLH”). 

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: University’s False Claims Act Settlement Highlights Importance of Proper Accounting Practices for Federal Award Recipients 03-27-2019

V&E False Claims Act Update, March 27, 2019

On March 21, 2019, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that the University of Wisconsin-Madison (the “University”) agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations that it had violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”) by failing to properly credit rebates and discounts to costs allocable to federal grants and awards obtained by the University. 

The Trouble With Emojis 03-08-2019

V&E High-Tech Law & Litigation Update, March 08, 2019

Like the Tribbles on the classic television series Star Trek, emojis are cute and fun, but they can cause major trouble if not handled correctly.

2018 False Claims Act and Whistleblower Developments 02-20-2019

V&E False Claims Act Update, February 20, 2019

Whistleblower activity has consistently increased over the past decade, with 2018 being no exception. Although the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reported a decrease in False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower actions and recoveries in 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) both reported year-on-year increases in tips received and payments to whistleblowers.

At Solicitor General’s Request, Supreme Court Closes Door in Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Campie 01-17-2019

V&E False Claims Act Update, January 17, 2019

Following the Solicitor General’s recommendation, on January 7, 2019, the Supreme Court rejected Gilead Sciences’ (“Gilead”) petition for review of a Ninth Circuit decision allowing a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case against Gilead to move forward.

Solicitor General Wants to Close Door, Open Window For False Claims Act Defendants 12-10-2018

V&E False Claims Act Update, December 10, 2018

The United States Solicitor General recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case arising out of the Ninth Circuit in which it recommended that the Court leave in place a lenient standard of materiality articulated by the Ninth Circuit.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ron Tenpas Joins Vinson & Elkins 10-15-2018

Tenpas Adds Depth to Firm’s National Environmental and White Collar Practices

Ronald J. Tenpas, former Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner.

Florida Waiver Ruling Reinforces Substance Over Form 01-29-2018

First published by Law360, January 29, 2018

In December 2017, a federal magistrate judge in Florida determined[1] that law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP had waived work-product protection over witness interview notes and memoranda compiled during an internal investigation of its publicly traded client, General Cable Corp., by “orally download[ing]” such materials to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 

KBR Defeats FCA Litigation at Fourth Circuit 08-07-2017

In a major win for Vinson & Elkins client KBR, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has rejected False Claims Act (FCA) litigation accusing KBR of overbilling the government for water purification services provided in Iraq.

KBR Wins Significant FCA Ruling at D.C. Circuit 02-20-2017

KBR recently won a significant victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which rejected claims under the False Claims Act that the company overbilled the U.S. government for services provided in Iraq.

Former AUSA Michael S. Dry Joins V&E as Partner 01-08-2017

Michael S. Dry, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and most recently the Deputy Chief of its Criminal Division, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.

KBR Defeats FCA Litigation at Fourth Circuit 08-07-2017

In a major win for Vinson & Elkins client KBR, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has rejected False Claims Act (FCA) litigation accusing KBR of overbilling the government for water purification services provided in Iraq.

KBR Wins Significant FCA Ruling at D.C. Circuit 02-20-2017

KBR recently won a significant victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which rejected claims under the False Claims Act that the company overbilled the U.S. government for services provided in Iraq.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ron Tenpas Joins Vinson & Elkins 10-15-2018

Tenpas Adds Depth to Firm’s National Environmental and White Collar Practices

Ronald J. Tenpas, former Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner.

Former AUSA Michael S. Dry Joins V&E as Partner 01-08-2017

Michael S. Dry, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and most recently the Deputy Chief of its Criminal Division, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.

The Trouble With Emojis: Emerging Legal Issues and Proposed Business Responses 06-27-2019

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideEmojis — the picture symbols that are so commonplace in texts and instant messages — pose a growing legal threat to businesses. This program will explore the communication disconnects and legal problems arising from emojis, including case studies and quizzes to test your knowledge of emojis’ meanings, and will offer targeted responses to help protect businesses from legal liability.

Government’s Filing of Complaint Against Private Equity Company Signals New Focus on Private Equity and Other Investors 04-24-2019

V&E False Claims Act Update, April 24, 2019

In a new development in False Claims Act (“FCA”) litigation, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has filed a complaint-in-intervention naming, among other defendants, California-based private equity firm, Riordan, Lewis & Haden, Inc. (“RLH”). 

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: University’s False Claims Act Settlement Highlights Importance of Proper Accounting Practices for Federal Award Recipients 03-27-2019

V&E False Claims Act Update, March 27, 2019

On March 21, 2019, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that the University of Wisconsin-Madison (the “University”) agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations that it had violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”) by failing to properly credit rebates and discounts to costs allocable to federal grants and awards obtained by the University. 

The Trouble With Emojis 03-08-2019

V&E High-Tech Law & Litigation Update, March 08, 2019

Like the Tribbles on the classic television series Star Trek, emojis are cute and fun, but they can cause major trouble if not handled correctly.

2018 False Claims Act and Whistleblower Developments 02-20-2019

V&E False Claims Act Update, February 20, 2019

Whistleblower activity has consistently increased over the past decade, with 2018 being no exception. Although the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reported a decrease in False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower actions and recoveries in 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) both reported year-on-year increases in tips received and payments to whistleblowers.

At Solicitor General’s Request, Supreme Court Closes Door in Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Campie 01-17-2019

V&E False Claims Act Update, January 17, 2019

Following the Solicitor General’s recommendation, on January 7, 2019, the Supreme Court rejected Gilead Sciences’ (“Gilead”) petition for review of a Ninth Circuit decision allowing a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case against Gilead to move forward.

Solicitor General Wants to Close Door, Open Window For False Claims Act Defendants 12-10-2018

V&E False Claims Act Update, December 10, 2018

The United States Solicitor General recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case arising out of the Ninth Circuit in which it recommended that the Court leave in place a lenient standard of materiality articulated by the Ninth Circuit.

Florida Waiver Ruling Reinforces Substance Over Form 01-29-2018

First published by Law360, January 29, 2018

In December 2017, a federal magistrate judge in Florida determined[1] that law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP had waived work-product protection over witness interview notes and memoranda compiled during an internal investigation of its publicly traded client, General Cable Corp., by “orally download[ing]” such materials to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 


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