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The Federal False Claims Act is alive and well. Since Lara Silva’s original discussion on this topic in 2011, more whistleblowers are availing themselves of this potential jackpot in civil litigation.
Since early in the 00’s many of the qui tam actions filed focused on the healthcare industry: pharmaceutical marketing practices, pricing of drugs, and durable medical equipment. Now, recently unsealed cases demonstrate that this litigation reaches to the provision of unnecessary services in various medical fields, military contracts, and the mortgage industry.
Join Lara Silva, of The Silva Law Firm, as she discusses recent amendments to the law, recent case law, and how Defendants are rigorously mounting defenses to these actions.
I. Understand the basics of the Federal False Claims Act
II. Analyze amendments to the Act that impact the parties’ rights and actions
III. Analyze recent case law
IV. Understand the impact of choice of federal venue
V. Analyze recent defense practice in the civil litigation of qui tam actions
Lara has over 16 years of Civil litigation, healthcare fraud, regulatory, and administrative law experience. As a former Assistant Attorney General for Texas, Lara has handled high-profile fraud cases for the government, including investigations, drafting subpoenas, Civil Investigative Demands, Examinations Under Oath, settlement conferences, and complex discovery management in both Federal and State court.
Co-counsel in cases filed under seal against major pharmaceutical and pharmacy companies in federal and state courts – obtained $73.0MM in recoveries for the State of Texas.
Lead counsel in U.S. ex rel. Hudnall v. Rescare, filed under the Federal False Claims Act and the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act – $2.1MM settlement
Lead counsel in a joint investigation with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Civil Medicaid Fraud Section, against Emeritus Corporation – $1.8MM settlement
Lead Counsel for Texas in U.S. ex rel. McCaslin v. Harris County Hospital District – $15.1MM settlement
Lead Counsel for Texas in U.S. ex rel. Fulp v. Marquez – over $3.2MM settlement
Lead Counsel for Texas in U.S. v. Harris Methodist HEB Hospital – $2.0MM settlement
very informative and great lecture.
Enthusiastic delivery of program content.
Excellent overview of the Qui Tam litigation area of law
I learned a lot from this class. It is in an area I don't practice, but now I'm actually warning my business clients about preparing and operating businesses looking forward to this as a possibility.
I really enjoyed the presenter's conversational style. She is knowledgeable and fun to watch.
Lara's classes are some of the best I have taken, full of great information and engaging.
An interesting topic
easy to listen to.
Great seminar. Thanks!
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