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False Claims Act Statistics, News & Analysis

Cisco’s $8.6 Million False Claims Act Settlement Signals Viability of Cybersecurity Claims Under the False Claims Act 08-22-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, August 22, 2019

On July 31, 2019, Cisco Systems, Inc. (“Cisco”) agreed to pay $8.6 million to settle a False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower allegation that it sold video surveillance equipment to government agencies knowing the equipment was susceptible to cyber-attack.1

Leading FCPA Prosecutor Fry Wernick Joins V&E as Partner 06-17-2019

Ephraim “Fry” Wernick, former Assistant Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit and a veteran federal prosecutor, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.

Opioid Manufacturer Files for Bankruptcy after Settling with DOJ 06-12-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, June 12, 2019

On June 5, the Department of Justice announced that opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics (Insys) agreed to settle the government’s criminal and civil investigations into an illegal marketing scheme for Subsys, an opioid spray used by adult cancer patients. 

Supreme Court Extends the Statute of Limitations for Claims by Relators 05-31-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, May 31, 2019

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. United States, ex rel. Hunt,1 has altered the landscape for False Claims Act (FCA) claims by expanding the period for private-party relators to bring FCA lawsuits.

New Guidelines Reward Voluntary Self-Disclosure of FCA Violations and Cooperation with DOJ 05-30-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, May 30, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced this month its latest initiative to incentivize companies to voluntarily self-disclose potential False Claims Act (“FCA”) violations and to cooperate with DOJ during FCA investigations.1

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.

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.

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.

Leading FCPA Prosecutor Fry Wernick Joins V&E as Partner 06-17-2019

Ephraim “Fry” Wernick, former Assistant Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit and a veteran federal prosecutor, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.

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.

Cisco’s $8.6 Million False Claims Act Settlement Signals Viability of Cybersecurity Claims Under the False Claims Act 08-22-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, August 22, 2019

On July 31, 2019, Cisco Systems, Inc. (“Cisco”) agreed to pay $8.6 million to settle a False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower allegation that it sold video surveillance equipment to government agencies knowing the equipment was susceptible to cyber-attack.1

Opioid Manufacturer Files for Bankruptcy after Settling with DOJ 06-12-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, June 12, 2019

On June 5, the Department of Justice announced that opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics (Insys) agreed to settle the government’s criminal and civil investigations into an illegal marketing scheme for Subsys, an opioid spray used by adult cancer patients. 

Supreme Court Extends the Statute of Limitations for Claims by Relators 05-31-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, May 31, 2019

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. United States, ex rel. Hunt,1 has altered the landscape for False Claims Act (FCA) claims by expanding the period for private-party relators to bring FCA lawsuits.

New Guidelines Reward Voluntary Self-Disclosure of FCA Violations and Cooperation with DOJ 05-30-2019

V&E Government Investigations Update, May 30, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced this month its latest initiative to incentivize companies to voluntarily self-disclose potential False Claims Act (“FCA”) violations and to cooperate with DOJ during FCA investigations.1

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.

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.


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