From Initiating the Complaint to Government Intervention or Declination and Everything in Between

January 28, 2019 2:45pm

Colleen Kennedy
Chief, Affirmative Litigation Unit
United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California

Marc S. Raspanti
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

The False Claims Act empowers the U.S. Government to identify and prosecute fraud. Qui tam relators, represented by counsel help investigate and prosecute these cases. This session will consider ways in which relators’ counsel and government attorneys work together. Points of discussion will include:
  • Analyzing how relators and the government combine their efforts to achieve faster and better results
  • Distinguishing cases when the government intervenes from when the government does not intervene, and exploring the related impact on settlement
  • Understanding pervasive concerns independent of the government’s decision to intervene, e.g., relator releases, stolen documents and employment considerations