Webcast: The False Claims Act: 2018 Mid-Year Update for Government Contracting

September 10, 2018

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. While the U.S. Department of Justice has recently issued statements indicating some new thinking about FCA enforcement, newly filed cases remain at historical peak levels and the DOJ has enjoyed seven straight years of more than $3 billion in annual FCA recoveries. As much as ever, any company that deals in government funds—especially in the 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 your industry sector;
  • 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, including the continued evolution of how lower courts are interpreting the Supreme Court’s Escobar decision.

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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.

Jim Zelenay is a partner in the Los Angeles office where he practices in the firm’s Litigation Department. He is experienced in defending clients involved in white collar investigations, assisting clients in responding to government subpoenas, and in government civil fraud litigation. He also has substantial experience with the federal and state False Claims Acts and whistleblower litigation, in which he has represented a breadth of industries and clients, and has written extensively on the False Claims Act.

Jonathan Phillips is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office where he focuses on compliance, enforcement, and litigation in the health care and government contracting fields, as well as other white collar enforcement matters and related litigation. A former Trial Attorney in DOJ’s Civil Fraud section, he has particular experience representing clients in enforcement actions by the DOJ, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Defense brought under the False Claims Act and related statutes.

Erin Rankin is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office, where she is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. She represents clients on government contracts matters relating to contract claims and terminations, suspension and debarment proceedings, internal investigations, and due diligence.