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Susan Schneider Thomas, Shareholder, Berger & Montague, P.C. to Speak at the Knowledge Groupís Event


New York, NY, April 19, 2017 --(PR.com)-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Susan Schneider Thomas, Shareholder, Berger & Montague, P.C. will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “The Future of Qui Tam & False Claims Act: What's In and Out of 2017? Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (ET).

For further details, please visit: https://theknowledgegroup.org/event-homepage/?event_id=2288

About Susan Schneider Thomas

Susan Schneider Thomas is a shareholder in the Qui Tam/Whistleblower Group at Berger & Montague, P.C. in Philadelphia. The Firm has a nationwide practice in various areas of complex litigation, including class actions for antitrust violations, securities fraud, consumer fraud, labor issues, products liability and environmental torts, as well as whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act and the IRS and SEC whistleblower statutes. Ms. Thomas has been involved in the Qui Tam/Whistleblower Group for more than 15 years and has participated in many of the Firm’s successful recoveries of more than $3 billion for government entities and nearly $500 million in awards to the whistleblower clients. Her particular areas of focus include healthcare and defense contractor fraud and schemes to avoid payment of customs duties.

About Berger & Montague, P.C.
Berger & Montague, P.C. has a nationwide practice in various areas of complex litigation, including class actions for antitrust violations, securities fraud, consumer fraud, labor issues, products liability and environmental torts, as well as whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act and the IRS and SEC whistleblower statutes. The Firm’s main office is in Philadelphia, although we have attorneys working from other cities as well. We are known for aggressive, unrelenting pursuit of our clients’ interests, sometimes spanning more than a decade of battles through the courts, combined with high standards of professionalism, intellectual excellence, subject-matter expertise and innovative solutions to seemingly intractable situations.

Event Synopsis:
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 have 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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Thomas LaPointe, Jr., Executive Director
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Therese Lumbao, Director
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tlumbao@knowledgecongress.org

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