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PubKCompliance News for August 20, 2018 [Podcast]

A biweekly podcast covering news and opinion related to government False Claims Act cases, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement, and related legal issues. This week’s...

Defendants Cannot Show that CMS Guidance Allows for Reimbursement of Travel that Never Occurred;...

The Fifth Circuit denied the defendants’ appeal of a lower court’s decision granting the government’s motion for summary judgment in a Medicare fraud case,...

World Bank Debars Well-Known British Transportation Expert for Corruption

The World Bank has debarred for six years British-born James Tinnion-Morgan, a leading New Zealand-based traffic expert. The bank determined that Tinnion-Morgan improperly influenced the tendering processes of two World Bank-funded mass-transportation projects in Vietnam, solicited bribes, and failed to disclose his business relationship with a bidder. The projects included a $272 million project involving […]
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Smart Steps for Contractors Facing Federal Suspensions, Stopped Work, Delays or Disruptions

Construction and many other contractors who cannot telework may be receiving stop-work orders or facing other unique challenges on their government contracts in the...

COVID-19: Looming False Claims Act Liability for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

In response to the economic crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act on March...

Failure to State Which Federal Healthcare Program was Defrauded Only First of Many Pleading...

The district court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss allegations of an illegal kickback scheme and violations of federal and state false claims statutes, finding that the complaint failed the particularity standard. The court found the complaint failed to provide the requisite level of detail and instead was rife with conclusory allegations and missing details. […]
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Escalated Reporting Provides Temporal Proximity Needed to Show Causation in Retaliation Claim; United States...

The district court dismissed a majority of claims in a qui tam case alleging healthcare fraud, finding the relator failed to plead his allegations...

The Surety Company’s Guide To Mitigating False Claims Act Risks

David Robbins and Jason Crawford of Crowell & Moring examine the potential impact of United States ex rel Scollick v. Narula on the potential...

Arrest of Harvard Professor Reinforces Heightened Scrutiny of Federal Grant Recipients with Connections to...

On January 28, 2020, Charles Lieber, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was arrested and charged in connection with...

Evidence Too Thin to Show Pharma’s Speaker Events Were Actually Kickbacks; United States District...

The district court granted the defendants motion to dismiss a qui tam complaint alleging the company engaged in an improper physician kickback scheme, finding...