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Halliburton Can’t Recover Costs Only Tangentially Related to Document Production; United States Court of...

The DC Circuit affirmed in part a district court’s decision granting Halliburton certain costs related to document production during discovery in a qui tam case, but reversed and remanded in part, finding that a significant portion of the claimed costs were either discretionary or only tangentially related to the direct task of producing the relevant […]
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Absentee Plaintiff Fails to Present Own Side of Story; United States District Court for...

The district court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss a complaint alleging improper retaliation under the FCA, because the plaintiff failed to participate in discovery, attend her own deposition, or even sign statements submitted by her attorney. Absent her participation, the court could not accept any of the statements purported to be the plaintiff’s and […]
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DOJ Investigating COVID-19 Fraud

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, the federal government is preparing to take unprecedented action to curb its effects on...

Avoiding Waivers of Privilege in Corporate Disclosures to the Government

In a per curiam, unpublished decision in In re Fluor Intercontinental, Inc., issued on March 25, 2020, the Fourth Circuit has provided some valuable guidance concerning how companies may avoid waivers of the attorney-client privilege when making disclosures to the government after privileged internal investigations. While the decision is non-precedential even within the Fourth Circuit, it […]
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COVID-19 and the False Claims Act

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, the federal government is preparing to take unprecedented action to curb its effects on...

OFCCP Clarifies Audit Response Obligations and Expectations during COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Industry Liaison Group has worked with OFCCP leadership to clarify contractor obligations and OFCCP expectations for compliance reviews that are moving forward...

Not Even COVID-19 Will Stop OFCCP

On March 20, 2020, OFCCP made clear in an announcement to the contractor community that it will continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic “while making adjustments...

Justice Department Launches Task Force to Combat Coronavirus Fraud

The Justice Department has launched a national task force to combat coronavirus related-crime. An executive order authorizes HHS and DOJ to take action against...

The SEC Weighs In on Reporting Related to COVID-19

On January 30, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton issued a statement identifying coronavirus as a potential concern, calling the threat “an uncertain issue where actual...

Bank Secrecy Act Compliance During the COVID-19 Crisis

Elizabeth Slim reminds us that Anti-Money Laundering professionals are still required to ensure that financial institutions maintain a safe and sound Bank Secrecy Act...
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