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Insights in Government Enforcement and Investigations

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

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 These new guidelines, which have been incorporated into the U.S. Attorney Manual (recently renamed the Justice Manual), formalize DOJ’s established practice of decreasing FCA penalties sought when a company voluntarily discloses and actively cooperates with DOJ’s investigation into its conduct.

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  • 15
  • May
  • 2019

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Federal Cybersecurity Regulations Pose New FCA Risk to Defense Contractors

Defense contractors who falsely claim that they are compliant with federal cybersecurity acquisition regulations may face liability under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) in light of a recent decision from the Eastern District of California. The case, United States ex rel. Markus v. Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc.,1 demonstrates the substantial liability risk that defense contractors face as they struggle to meet the government’s cybersecurity standards.

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  • 24
  • April
  • 2019

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

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”). The lawsuit, United States ex rel. Medrano and Lopez v. Diabetic Care Rx, LLC dba Patient Care America, et. al., No. 15-CV-62617 (S.D. Fla.), was originally brought by two former employees of Diabetic Care Rx, LLC d/b/a Patient Care America (“PCA”) acting as relators, but as permitted under the FCA, the United States has intervened in the matter.

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  • 27
  • March
  • 2019

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

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. While cases involving defense contractors and Medicare or Medicaid providers tend to dominate FCA headlines, the University’s settlement serves as a reminder that the FCA applies to all recipients of federal grants and awards.

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