Avoiding False Claims Act Liability in Government Contracts Responding to COVID-19

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The federal government’s $2 trillion legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic authorizes a massive distribution of federal funds to provide relief to private companies and individuals, and to contract for the provision of such relief. Further federal relief packages are expected, to provide additional funding for the COVID-19 response effort. With so much federal funding at stake, and being distributed in emergent, challenging, and ever-changing circumstances, improper claims for funds—both intentional and unintentional—are inevitable. An article by Venable LLP addresses how those entering into contracts with, or seeking grants from, the federal government for such funding can insulate themselves from liability under the False Claims Act for such improper claims.

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