Webcast: 2017 Mid-Year Update: The False Claims Act and Government Contractors (defense, technology, and others)

August 9, 2017

​The False Claims Act (FCA) is well-known as one of the most powerful tools in the government’s arsenal to combat fraud, waste and abuse anywhere government funds are implicated. The U.S. Department of Justice has made clear that vigorous FCA enforcement is here to stay,  with newly filed cases remaining at historical peak levels and the DOJ  on pace to recover more than $3 billion from FCA cases for the seventh straight year.  More than ever, any company that deals in government funds—including companies in the education, health care and life sciences, government contracting and financial services sectors—needs to stay abreast of how the government and private whistleblowers alike are wielding this tool, and how they can prepare and defend themselves.

Please join Gibson Dunn for a 90-minute discussion of the latest developments in FCA, including:

  • The latest trends in FCA enforcement actions and associated litigation involving government contracting;
  • Updates on the Trump Administration’s approach to FCA enforcement;
  • Notable legislative and administrative developments affecting the FCA’s statutory framework and application; and
  • The latest developments in FCA case law following the Supreme Court’s Escobar decision.

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Karen Manos is a partner in the Washington D.C. office and Chair of the firm’s Government Contracts practice group. She has experience on a broad range of government contracts issues, including civil and criminal fraud investigations and litigation, complex claims preparation and litigation, qui tam suits under the FCA, defective pricing, bid protests, cost allowability, the Cost Accounting Standards, and corporate compliance programs.

Joseph West is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and focuses his practice on contract counseling, compliance/enforcement, and dispute resolution. He previously Co-Chaired the firm’s Government Contracts practice group, and he has represented both contractors (and their subcontractors, vendors and suppliers) and government agencies.

John Chesley is a partner in the Washington, D.C. Office. He represents corporations, audit committees, and executives in internal investigations and before government agencies in matters involving the FCPA, procurement fraud, environmental crimes, securities violations, antitrust violations, and whistleblower claims. He also litigates government contracts disputes in federal courts and administrative tribunals.

Erin Rankin is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office, where she is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. She has broad experience representing clients on government contracts matters relating to contract claims, bid protests, suspension and debarment proceedings, voluntary disclosures and government investigations.