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Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Agrees to $900 Million Dollar False Claims Act Settlement to Resolve Kickback Claims

On July 20th, on the eve of trial, Biogen Inc. agreed to pay $900 million dollars to settle claims that the company violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by allegedly paying improper consulting and speaker fees and providing lavish meals and entertainment (in violation of the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS)) to medical providers to induce… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Government Contracts

DOJ and Aerojet Settle for $9 Million in Qui Tam Cybersecurity False Claims Act Case

On July 8, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a $9 million settlement with federal government contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. for alleged violations of the False Claims Act in a case pending in the Eastern District of California. The settlement results from alleged false statements by Aerojet related to compliance with Department of Defense… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Supreme Court Signals Interest in Clarifying Pleading Requirements in False Claims Act Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court soon will decide whether to tackle a longstanding question regarding the applicability of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b) pleading standards in False Claims Act suits. To satisfy the rule’s particularity requirement, plaintiffs generally have needed to detail specific false claims submitted by defendants. The question is whether plaintiffs instead may… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims

DOJ Ramps up Resources and Renews Focus on Combatting COVID-19 Related Fraud in 2022

On March 10, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the appointment of Associate Deputy Attorney General Kevin Chambers to serve as the Director for DOJ’s COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force. In remarks delivered at the American Bar Association’s 37th National Institute on White Collar Crime earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims

DOJ Settles First False Claims Act Enforcement Action Since Launch of Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative

On March 8, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $930,000 settlement with Comprehensive Health Services, LLC (CHS) for alleged violations of the False Claims Act (FCA). This settlement marks DOJ’s first resolution of an FCA enforcement action involving cyber fraud after launching its Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative in October 2021, signaling DOJ’s eagerness to combat cybersecurity violations… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

First FCPA Settlement of 2022 – Enforcement on the Horizon

On February 17, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the first Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) settlement of the year. Seoul-based KT Corporation (KT Corp.), South Korea’s largest telecommunications operator, will pay $6.3 million to resolve charges that it violated the FCPA by providing improper payments for the benefit of government officials in… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos Found Guilty of Making False Representations to Investors

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, was convicted of three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The verdict follows a high-profile, fifteen-week trial in federal court in San Francisco.  Holmes was alleged to have defrauded investors, medical professionals, patients, and the public by exaggerating and making false statements about… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Another Circuit Weighs in on the Standard for Evaluating Government Motions to Dismiss False Claims Act Actions

In a recent opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit weighed in on what standard to apply in reviewing government motions to dismiss False Claims Act actions. Read a new “FCA Insider” blog post for analysis of this decision and its implications for future cases after this summer’s three-way circuit split on… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Department of Justice Announces Increased FCA Enforcement Through New Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative

On October 6, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new Civil Fraud Cyber Initiative to “combine the department’s expertise in civil fraud enforcement, government procurement and cybersecurity to combat new and emerging cyber threats to the security of sensitive information and critical systems.”… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Tide Is Turning Against FCA Case Dismissals

According to a July 28 article in Law360 by McGuireWoods lawyers Michael J. Podberesky, John S. Moran, Todd R. Steggerda, David Pivnick and Cassandra M. Burns, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision declining to review an appeal of a Seventh Circuit case that could have resolved a three-way circuit split regarding the proper standard for… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims

The Perils of Pleading the Fifth in the Corporate Fraud Context

“Pleading the Fifth” is one of the most commonly known phrases in our legal system, and the right against self-incrimination is one of the Constitution’s most meaningful protections. That said, in the corporate fraud context, exercising that right often entails risks and costs that may outweigh the potential benefits. As such, companies—particularly those that contract… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims

U.S. Attorney’s Office Settles with Urgent Care Providers to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Related to Credentialing Issues

On April 8, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina announced a $22.5 million settlement with a network of urgent care providers, Doctors Care, P.A. (Doctors Care), and its management company, UCI Medical Affiliates of South Carolina, Inc. (UCI), for alleged False Claims Act (FCA) violations.… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

COVID-19 Fraud Surge: Criminal Enforcement of Pandemic-Related Fraud Reaches “Unprecedented Pace,” DOJ Warns

While the spread of COVID-19 may finally be slowing, government enforcement of pandemic-related fraud is not. It is surging. And that may explain why you are hearing from the government more than usual, or will soon. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it has now charged nearly 500 defendants with crimes… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Government Contracts

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Clarify False Claims Act Falsity Standard

The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to address a circuit split regarding the standard for establishing that a statement material to a claim for payment is false under the False Claims Act (FCA); specifically, whether the FCA requires pleading and proof of an “objectively false statement,” or whether liability can be based on allegedly false… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Securities and Commodities

Responses Matter: Securities Fraud Sentence Shows the Value of a Sound Response to a Government Investigation

It’s an old lesson in government investigations, but one worth repeating. Conduct during an investigation can matter as much as the conduct under investigation – sometimes even more. High-profile prosecutions of the past have shown the severe consequences of mistakes in responding to government investigations. Martha Stewart went to prison not for insider trading but… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

DOJ Indictment Highlights Methods Utilized by State Sponsored Cybercriminal Organization to Attack Major Industry and Government Entities

For the third time in less than a month, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a major enforcement action against an international cybercriminal organization that infiltrated public and private computer networks, fundamentally compromised these systems, and sought to obtain over a billion dollars from this illicit access. This past week’s indictment, which was… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims, Government Contracts

Analysis of the DOJ’s 2020 FCA Statistics and the Trends Therein

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued its annual press release summarizing fraud-related recoveries from False Claims Act (FCA) matters in the prior fiscal year. While the headline number for FY 2020 of $2.2 billion in settlements and judgments involving fraud and false claims against the government is down about $900 million from the… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Fraud, Deception and False Claims

DOJ Accelerates Enforcement Efforts Against Cybercriminals Who Engage in Ransomware Attacks

On successive days last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) unveiled enforcement actions against international cybercriminal organizations that utilized ransomware to infect computer systems and then extort payment, often in the form of cryptocurrency, from victims worldwide.  First, the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Supreme Court to Resolve CFAA Circuit Split

Following an FBI sting, police sergeant Nathan Van Buren was convicted under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) for selling license plate information obtained from a police database. The Eleventh Circuit upheld his conviction. In April, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Van Buren v. United States, No. 19-783, to address a circuit… Continue Reading
Fraud, Deception and False Claims

Price Gouging Enforcement in the Wake of COVID-19: Where is the FTC?

The contours of price gouging enforcement continue to evolve rapidly within the rip current of the coronavirus pandemic.  As we previously reported, the Department of Justice and state attorneys general have spearheaded price gouging investigations, and private litigants have turned to the courts with price gouging-related class action lawsuits.  Yet one potential authority remains on… Continue Reading

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