New AG William Barr May Bring A Lighter Touch On FCA Enforcement
During his January confirmation hearing, new Attorney General William Barr promised to uphold the False Claims Act. But his past statements condemning the law have some wondering how vigorous that enforcement will be.
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The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it won’t hear a much-watched case that could have limited the government’s ability to bring False Claims Act cases if it knew of the alleged misconduct. Two drug-world patent cases were also declined.
The US Department of Justice collected $2.8bn in settlements and judgments involving violations of the False Claims Act in 2018, including $2.5bn in health-care cases. Key device industry recoveries included $33.2m from Alere, $12.5m from Angiodynamics, and $30m in two separate settlements from Covidien and its subsidiary ev3.
The US Department of Justice has ordered its attorneys to ask for the dismissal of more whistleblower cases, and to avoid basing civil enforcement actions solely on guidance documents. Both could lead to fewer enforcement actions against device manufacturers.