The latest news on what’s happening in the world of the False Claims Act and the IRS, SEC and CFTC whistleblower programs.  

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| David Griscom

Ray Moss, at Moss & Gilmore wrote a nice opinion editorial in Folha de Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper. The topic: How the False Claims Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act can help fight corruption and incentivize integrity in Brazil.

| Brazil, FCA, Corruption
| Patrick Burns

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution saluting the contributions of whistleblowers to combating wast, fraud, and abuse.

| Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus, Grassley, Wyden
| David Griscom

The Calgary Chamber of Commerce in Canada gets it:  the False Claims Act is good for business.

FCA | Canada, Calgary, Chamber of Commerce, false claims act, Incentive Integrity
| Patrick Burns

If you are thinking about filing a False Claims Act case, one of the most important decisions you will make is your choice of attorney. Choose your attorney carefully and consider whether he or she has experience in qui tam lawsuits. 

FCA | video, finding a lawyer
| Patrick Burns

Sean McKessy, Chief of the SEC’s Whistleblower Office, will be leaving the agency later this month.

SEC | Sean Mckessy, IRS Whistleblower Office, Jane Norberg
| David Griscom

The team of fraud-fighters assembled by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in the Southern District of New York continues to rack up the victories.

Investigation | SDNY, Preet Bharara, Fraud, US Attorney
| Anonymous (not verified)

There is a tendency for lawyers to look gift horses in the mouth. That said, says R. Scott Oswald writing in Law360, the recent 8-0 Escobar ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court was a massive win for whistleblowers and the False Claims Act:

Top Cases | Escobar, FCA, implied certification, supreme court
| Anonymous (not verified)

In a unanimous 8-0 decision, and with an opinion authored by Justice Thomas, the U.S. Supreme court has affirmed that “FCA liability for failing to disclose violations of legal requirements does not turn upon whether those requirements were expressly designated as conditions of payment.”

Top Cases | Escobar, supreme court, Universal Health Services
| David Griscom

The ‘Big Four’ accounting firms rake in a combined total of over $100 billion dollars a year, and are supposed to give the public some confidence that the companies being audited are not involved in chicanery.

Needless to say, that’s not always true.  In fact, sometimes the Big Four accounting firms are part of the problem,

Top Cases | Accounting, Audit, FCA, Fraud