Peter B. Hutt II

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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False Claims Act: Weakening The Public Disclosure Defense

Editor: Please give us a little background on the False Claims Act. Hutt: The False Claims Act is, and has been for more than 20 years, the principal tool used by the government to combat fraud in federal programs, including defense contracting, Medicare and Medicaid. Almost everyone would...

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Beware The Indefatigable Qui Tam Plaintiffs' Bar

Over the past three years, the qui tam plaintiffs' bar has enjoyed great success in expanding the False Claims Act and weakening the defenses available to defendants under the statute. First, they were successful in convincing Congress to enact FERA in May 2009, which greatly expanded the reach of...

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