Andrew A. Rainer, Partner, Brody Hardoon Perkins & Kesten, LLP to Speak at the Knowledge Group’s Event
The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Andrew A. Rainer, Partner, Brody Hardoon Perkins & Kesten, LLP will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast. For further details, please visit: https://theknowledgegroup.org/event-homepage/?event_id=2288
Over the course of his career, Andrew Rainer has served as an Assistant Attorney General, as an Assistant District Attorney, as Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, and as an active trial lawyer. He is an AV-rated lawyer who has served as lead counsel in dozens of jury trials, and has helped craft numerous multimillion-dollar settlements. Mr. Rainer brought the first whistleblower suit against a government contractor for fraud on Boston's Big Dig, helping the federal and state governments recover almost $50 million. He has over 25 years of experience representing companies, government entities, and individuals in environmental and public health litigation.
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Over the years of the Obama administration, there was an impressive uptake in activity under the False Claims Act (FCA), reflecting increases in both annual recoveries and the number of whistleblower cases. In fiscal year 2016, for instance, the Justice Department recovered over $4.7 billion in settlements and judgements from FCA cases. This figure was the third highest annual recovery in the history of FCA. Interestingly, of the $4.7 billion recovery, $2.5 billion came from the health care industry, and $1.7 million from the financial services industry. With this as background, many people are anticipating what changes will Trump leadership bring to FCA enforcement, particularly in light of the Trump administration’s efforts to abolish Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new President’s policies concerning fraud and stronger enforcement are also becoming subjects of interest.
In addition to the change in administrations, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Escobar decision last summer is already having an impact on the scope, implementation, and interpretation of the FCA. In addition to validating the “implied certification” liability theory, the Escobar Court also announced a rigorous “materiality” standard that courts must now apply. In the months following the Escobar decision, numerous courts have focused on the “materiality” requirement for FCA allegations and scienter showings. Thus, while Escobar has expanded the reach of the implied certification theory to all jurisdictions, it also has provided defendants with added protections and dispositive motion arguments.
In this two-hour live webcast, a panel of key thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group will provide an overview to help you understand the critical elements of Qui Tam & False Claims Act and the potential changes it might undergo in the succeeding years. Speakers will also provide an in-depth discussion of FCA and give significant insights on the potential impacts of the current administration.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
Recent Developments in Qui Tam Litigation
Impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Escobar
Defensive Techniques Using Heightened Materiality Standard
Plaintiff Perspective on Post-Escobar Landscape
Fraud Claims Act Enforcement Under President Trump
What’s In and Out for 2017?
About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/
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