During the past five years there have been very dramatic increases in state and federal false claims act and whistleblower litigation, whether measured by numbers and size of claims, size of settlements or size of judgments. For example, in the last fiscal year, there were $4.9 billion of federal recoveries, of which $439 million went to whistleblowers who initiated such claims (known as qui tam plaintiffs). The federal claims spanned the pharmaceutical, health care, defense, government procurement, mortgage, financial, and educational industries.
False Claims Act actions can arise from false claims submitted under federal, state or local programs, supply contracts, service agreements or other vendor arrangements. The federal and state false claims acts have built in whistleblower claims arising from retaliatory discharge. There are also many other state and federal statutes with built in whistleblower claims. There are also other common law whistleblower and tort claims, such as defamation, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and breach of contract.
In this California breakfast briefing, our experienced false claims act and whistleblower attorneys will cover recent developments in California related issues that should be of great interest to California executives, managers, in house counsel, and human resources executives, including the following:
- Recent developments under the California False Claims Act
- Defense issues under the California False Claims Act
- Remedies under the California False Claims Act
- Whistleblower claims under the California False Claims Act
- Whistleblower claims under other California statutes
- Defending California common law whistleblower claims
- Pre-litigation in house response to allegations
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