The Department of Justice settled and obtained judgments in excess of $2.2 billion for false claims against the government last year. And the False Claims Act (FCA) remains an effective enforcement tool about which federal contractors should be wary. Government contractors in the construction industry – both primes and subs – face a higher risk of FCA liability because of the complicated nature of construction contracts and prevailing wage obligations. Further, we have seen a substantial increase in investigations dealing with construction contracts, even mentor-protégé relationships where contractors believe they have a blanket exemption from affiliation.
Join Cy Alba and Sarah Nash, attorneys in PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts and Labor & Employment practice groups, as they discuss top FCA issues facing construction contractors and protection strategies for avoiding them. They’ll cover:
- how the False Claims Act relates to construction contractors;
- how joint ventures and mentor-protégé relationships can increase risk;
- real-world examples of FCA cases against construction firms; and
- strategies for protecting your company from an FCA claim.