On Wednesday, March 7, Andrew Brashier, a lawyer in our firm’s Consumer Fraud & Commercial Litigation Section, will participate in a CLE panel discussing the False Claims Act (FCA). The CLE is sponsored by the Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam Division and features notable FCA practitioners overviewing the FCA, discussing relevant cases and trends regarding the FCA, and providing diverse perspectives and practice tips regarding the FCA. This CLE is part of a series of CLEs aligned with select U.S. Attorneys’ offices across the country created to demystify the filing and government investigation inherent in FCA qui tam cases.

The FCA imposes liability on persons or companies who defraud the government or its programs and serves as the federal government’s primary tool for combatting fraud against the government. The law provides that anyone who conspires or knowingly submits false claims, whether to receive or avoid payments, is liable for the government’s damages. The government may file its own FCA lawsuit or whistleblowers (known as “relators”) may file a qui tam suit on behalf of the government. If a suit is filed by a realtor, the realtor litigates the case unless the government decides to intervene. At the end of the litigation, the realtor will receive 15-30 percent the government’s recovery.

The CLE will be held from 11:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, at the Frank M. Johnson U.S. Courthouse Complex. The CLE will be moderated by R. Scott Oswald of the Employment Law Group. Among the panelists are Andrew Brashier, from our firm; Jerusha Adams, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; Don Long, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama; Deidre Colson, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama; Thomas K. Potter III, a lawyer with Burr & Furman; and the Honorable Keith Watkins, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Anyone interested in learning more about the FCA is encouraged to attend the CLE. For more information and to register, visit http://www.fedbar.org/Sections/Qui-Tam-Section/Qui-Tam-Section-Calendar/False-Claims-Act-Today-Alabama-.aspx.

A number of lawyers at Beasley Allen are experienced with the False Claims Act and have had successful results in FCA litigation. Our lawyers are able to guide whistleblowers along the process. If you have any information and would like to speak with a lawyer, contact Andrew Brashier at Andrew.Brashier@beasleyallen.com; Archie Grubb at Archie.Grubb@beasleyallen.com; Lance Gould at Lance.Gould@beasleyallen.com; and Larry Golston at Larry.Golston@beasleyallen.com. You can also call them at 800-898-2034 or 334-269-2343.

Sources: 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq. (West); https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/civil/legacy/2011/04/22/C-FRAUDS_FCA_Primer.pdf, http://www.fedbar.org/Sections/Qui-Tam-Section/Qui-Tam-Section-Calendar/False-Claims-Act-Today-Alabama-.aspx.

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