DC Circ. Illuminates Civil False Claims Act

Law360, New York (December 20, 2010, 12:41 PM EST) -- The D.C. Circuit’s Dec. 3, 2010 opinion in United States v. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), provides some welcome guidance for government contractors hoping to understand their potential liability under the Federal Civil False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-33. The FCA, which has been significantly amended over the last two years, provides for civil penalties and treble damages in cases where a party receiving federal funds is found to have sought, received and/or improperly retained such funds through fraud or false statements.

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