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D.C.’s Tax Fraud Qui Tam Statute Has Been Passed.  Who’s Next?

On January 13, 2021, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the False Claims Amendment Act of 2020 into law. Unless it is opposed by a joint Congress during their 30-day review period, which is not expected, it will soon become effective. The Amendment, passed by a 12-1 supermajority vote of D.C’s Council members, makes four […]

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The Department of Justice Needs Individuals to Report Drug Pricing Fraud for False Claim Act Enforcement

One available use of the False Claims Act is to stop pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) from artificially inflating drug prices.  Skyrocketing drug prices directly caused by schemes concocted by major players in the health care space are invariably passed along to federal health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE for military […]

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$2.2 Billion in Fraudulently-Taken Monies Returned to the Taxpayer in Fiscal Year 2020.  DOJ Paid the Individuals Who Reported the Fraud $309 Million.

This past year, the Justice Department went after companies that cheated taxpayers out of $2.2 Billion.  Those monies were recovered on behalf of defrauded taxpayer-funded programs, grants, and contracts.  That $2.2 Billion figure represents only one single year of fraud recoveries under the False Claims Act.  Well over 70 percent of these taxpayer cheats were […]

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Chinese Earrings at Center of $400,000 False Claims Act Settlement for Unpaid Customs Duties by Former Jewelry Importer

TSI Accessories Group, Inc., a former jewelry importer, agreed to pay $402,637 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by failing to pay customs duties on sterling silver earring imports from China. The amount of customs duties owed depends on the item’s value—the more expensive the item is, the lower the duty […]

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Federal Judge in Texas Rules That Lying About Eligibility For 8(a) Business Development Program Violates False Claims Act; Whistleblower’s Qui Tam Case Can Move Forward

Another court has joined the growing chorus of judges who are singing the same tune on set-aside fraud:  when a government contractor lies about its eligibility for a set-aside contract, it violates the False Claims Act, and can be sued by either the Department of Justice or a whistleblower. The new case is United States […]

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Jonathan Tycko receives “Go-To Thought Leader” Award from National Law Review for his writings and thought leadership on the False Claims Act

The National Law Review’s “Go-To Thought Leadership Awards” recognizes 71 exceptional legal authors in practice areas ranging from Aviation Law to the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program Implementation. Award recipients are selected from a pool of over 20,000 legal news articles published by the National Law Review (NLR) in 2020. Those honored wrote relevant, consistent and well-thought-out […]

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Mortgage Company Agrees to Pay $24.9 Million to Settle Fraud Allegations Related to Federal Mortgage Insurance

Guild Mortgage Company (Guild) of San Diego, California, agreed to pay the U.S. government $24.9 Million to settle allegations that Guild violated the False Claims Act by knowingly breaching material program requirements when underwriting and originating mortgages insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The settlement resolves allegations that […]

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Court of Appeals Issues Important Decision on Application of the False Claims Act to Set-Aside Contracts

On December 3, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in United States v. Strock (Strock), a ruling that will significantly strengthen the hand of the government, and of qui tam whistleblowers, in False Claims Act cases against companies awarded government set-aside contracts but do not meet the […]

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Two Former Senior Department of Justice Prosecutors Join Tycko & Zavareei LLP to Enhance Whistleblower Practice

Renée Brooker and Eva Gunasekera, former prosecutors in senior leadership positions at the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Fraud Section (DOJ), have joined boutique law firm Tycko & Zavareei LLP (https://www.tzlegal.com/) as Partners, and will represent whistleblowers in Qui Tam litigation under the False Claims Act and whistleblower-reward programs of the SEC, CFTC, and IRS.  The combination […]

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