We were sent the following CLE opportunity to pass along to our members:

The qui tam section of the Federal Bar Association has gathered a distinguished panel of Southern District of Texas judges and attorneys to discuss the False Claim Act on Thursday, February 21. The goal is to demystify and explain the substantive elements of qui tam actions.

The number of False Claims Act cases filed in the U.S. is increasing. In fiscal 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice recovered more than $3.5 billion in civil settlements and judgments under the FCA—most arising from complaints filed by whistleblowers, who received almost $600 million in rewards during the same period.

The Houston program will provide an overview of the False Claims Act; a discussion of relevant Supreme Court cases, practice tips, recent developments in the Southern District of Texas, and a panel discussion to provide diverse perspectives on FCA practice.
• Title: The False Claims Act Today
• Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
• Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm
• Location: Locke Lord, 600 Travis Street, #2800, Houston, TX. 77002
• Organized by the Qui Tam Section of the Federal Bar Association with support from the Southern District of Texas Chapter

Panelists include:
• Judge Nancy Atlas; Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
• Andrew Bobb; Assistant US Attorney, Deputy Civil Chief, Southern District of Texas
• Scott McBride; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Defense’s Counsel
• Mitch Kreindler; Kreindler & Associates, Relator’s Counsel
• Moderated by: R. Scott Oswald, The Employment Law Group and Chair of the FBA’s Qui Tam Section
Online registration is available at: https://www.fedbar.org/Sections/Qui-Tam-Section/Qui-Tam-Section-Calendar/Qui-Tam-Section-the-False-Claim-Act-Today.aspx

The False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability on persons and companies who defraud governmental programs. It is the federal Government’s primary litigation tool in combating fraud against the government. The law includes a qui tam provision that allows people who are not affiliated with the government to file actions on behalf of the government (informally called “whistleblowing”).

Coming from Washington, DC is Scott Oswald, managing principal of The Employment Law Group, P.C. and Vice Chair of the FBA’s Qui Tam Section. Scott has extensive expertise in FCA and qui tam cases. He is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America, a top 100 Super Lawyer in Washington, D.C., and one of the “Top Ten Employment Lawyers” in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area by Top Ten Leaders.

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