The False Claims Act is the primary vehicle used by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to confront persons or companies that defraud government programs. Since 2008, the federal FCA has recovered more than $13 billion in fines from companies that have knowingly presented a false claim or false demand to the federal government.
If you are a government contractor, receive payments from the federal government, or operate a government program, you have exposure to federal FCA liability. For companies accused of violating the False Claims Act, the stakes can be enormous. Consequences can include monetary penalties, exclusion from government programs, and criminal prosecution. In addition to the federal FCA, most states have their own FCAs, which differ from the federal FCA in significant ways, while also having their own fines and penalties.
Venable has a proven record of success helping clients prevent FCA violations, avoid prosecution, and reduce fines and penalties should they arise. Our FCA team consists of highly experienced attorneys who have spent years defending against federal and state FCA prosecutions, dealing with whistleblowers, and counseling companies on compliance. Our attorneys have significant government experience and first-hand knowledge of how federal and state enforcement agencies make enforcement decisions.
Venable is committed to providing all clients with exceptional client service. We work effectively with clients' in-house audit and compliance personnel when there is a need to promptly review pertinent documents or interview personnel to determine if violations have occurred.
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