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How the Substantial Increase in False Claims Act Penalties Affects the Litigation Landscape

Posted in False Claims
Effective August 1, the penalty range for violations under the civil False Claims Act nearly doubled, pursuant to a Department of Justice interim final rule published on June 30th.  In a “Feature Comment” published in The Government Contractor, C&M attorneys analyze how the dramatic increase in FCA penalties impacts the landscape of litigation.  The article… Continue Reading

Joint DOJ-FTC Memorandum Puts Defense M&A Deals in the Crosshairs

Posted in Legal Developments
On April 12, the DOJ and FTC issued a joint statement titled “Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry,” which reiterates the analytical framework for reviewing defense industry mergers and acquisitions set forth in the DOJ/FTC 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines, and emphasizes that the antitrust agencies will continue to give substantial weight to the DOD’s own internal assessment of such… Continue Reading

DOJ IG Notes Issues With Implementation of Statutory Debarment Authorities

Posted in Suspension & Debarment
In a June 2012 audit report, the Department of Justice Inspector General notes widespread problems with DOJ’s administration of two types of statutory debarments. The lengthy report, along with the responses from various DOJ divisions, highlight the continued attention being paid to suspension and debarment by federal agencies and the significant efforts being made to… Continue Reading

DOJ Renews Effort on Parallel Civil, Criminal, Regulatory and Administrative Proceedings

Posted in False Claims
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently issued a DOJ-wide memorandum urging federal government attorneys to coordinate when conducting parallel civil, criminal, regulatory and administrative proceedings. Holder wrote that parallel criminal and civil investigations would deter future offenses and maintain program integrity, while also acting to “secure the full range of the government’s remedies (including incarceration,… Continue Reading