Recent Events

The False Claims Act Today- Buffalo, N.Y.


On September 19, 2017, Buffalo became the latest stop for “The False Claims Act Today,” the Qui Tam Section’s ongoing seminar series that offers a region-by-region view of FCA practice via discussion with local attorneys, judges, and government officials—all for Continuing Legal Education credit.

The panel featured heavy hitters including the Hon. Frank P. Geraci, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for W.D.N.Y.; Kathleen Lynch, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the district; Brian Feldman, a former AUSA who now represents FCA defendants; and Randall Fox, formerly of the New York Attorney General’s office and now representing FCA relators.

Attendees got a quick primer on the FCA; heard about recent developments in the Second Circuit; learned the factors weighed by AUSA Lynch in deciding whether to intervene in qui tam cases; listened to insights from Chief Judge Geraci about his approach to sealed cases; and witnessed a free-wheeling panel discussion that offered tips on all sides of FCA practice.

After the formal program, panelists engaged in a Q+A period with the attendees and moderator Scott Oswald from The Employment Law Group, P.C., who organizes these seminars and is vice chair of the Qui Tam Section.

The Section is teaming up with local FBA chapters to offer additional sessions of “The False Claims Act Today” in jurisdictions across the U.S. Events for 2018 are already in the works. If you are interested in bringing the series to your region, contact Scott Oswald at soswald@employmentlawgroup.com.

The False Claims Act Today- Sacramento


On May 15, 2017, the Qui Tam Section continued its CLE series “The False Claims Act Today,” which convenes local attorneys, judges, and government officials to discuss the venerable federal statute and its practice in their jurisdiction—and offers Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for those who attend.

The second in this ongoing series was hosted in the Eastern District of California with tremendous support from the FBA’s Sacramento chapter.  The event featured experienced practitioners from both sides of the bench, as well as the local ACE coordinator and a federal judge.  Attendees learned how the US Attorney’s office vets False Claims Act (FCA) cases and ultimately decides whether to intervene. The CLE also provided a primer on the FCA; a discussion of important cases, including recent developments in the Ninth Circuit; practice tips; and a panel discussion that covered all sides of FCA practice.

Blanca Fromm Young of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP represented defense counsel in a discussion of the statutory framework of the FCA and obstacles for bringing an FCA claim, including the heightened pleading standard. Brooks Cutter of Cutter Law P.C. represented relator’s counsel in a discussion on the history of the FCA, including theories of liability and the elements parties must meet. Colleen Kennedy, Assistant U.S. Attorney and ACE Coordinator for the Eastern District of California, provided practice tips and explained how her office handles intake, investigation, and litigation of FCA cases. And Judge Kimberly Mueller provided invaluable insight into the Court’s approach to sealed cases— including factors she considers when deciding whether to grant seal extensions.

After the formal presentation, panelists engaged in a question-and-answer period with the attendees and moderator Scott Oswald from The Employment Law Group, P.C. Lunch was provided and attendees earned 1.5 CLE credits for the event.

The Qui Tam Section is planning additional sessions of “The False Claims Act Today” in jurisdictions across the U.S. in conjunction with local FBA chapters. Events already are scheduled for Buffalo in September 2017 and Cincinnati in October 2017. Plans for CLE events for 2018 are already in the works. If you are interested in bringing the series to your region, contact Scott Oswald, the Section’s CLE chair, at soswald@employmentlawgroup.com.

 

 

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