Revamping The False Claims Act

Law360, New York (August 5, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT) -- The new amendments to the federal False Claims Act [1] broaden the scope of parties potentially liable for treble damages, narrow available defenses and otherwise strengthen one of the government’s most successful civil weapons in its fight against suspected fraud on the United States.

The amendments went into effect on May 20, 2009, when President Obama signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 (“FERA”).

Although Congress’s stated goal in enacting FERA was to protect federal bailout money from fraud, the impact of the new...
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