DOJ Atty Warns FCA Targets On Discovery Tactics

Law360, Washington (March 1, 2019, 10:39 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice attorney spearheading government pushback on unattractive whistleblower suits warned targets of False Claims Act litigation on Friday against pursuing immense discovery to make litigation seem onerous, saying the tactic won't make the DOJ toss cases.

Michael Granston, director of the DOJ's civil fraud section and author of a January 2018 memo that has led the DOJ to end whistleblower suits because of burdensome discovery and other issues, issued the admonition during a keynote speech at an FCA conference staged by the Federal Bar Association in Washington, D.C.

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