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Qui Tam Litigation and Healthcare Fraud Update

(467 Ratings)

Produced on: September 17, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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. 


Learning Objectives:

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 Silva

The Silva Law Firm

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.

Case Highlights

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


  • Saint Mary’s University School of Law JD May 1998
  • Hebrew University School of Law Jerusalem,1996
  • Southwest Texas State University
  • Graduated Cum Laude Bachelor of Science in 1992

Professional Membership

  • State Bar of Texas – Litigation, Health Law, and Family Law sections
  • Austin Health Law Association
  • Speaker Rounds for Texas Health Law Conference
  • Coordinator for Mills Elementary Roaring Readers Program
  • Legal Representative – Center for Legal and Social Justice 


Richard L.

very comprehesive

Malcolm W.

Well done

Aarti P.

very informative and great lecture.

Julie A. B.

Enthusiastic delivery of program content.

Sylvia K.

Excellent overview of the Qui Tam litigation area of law

George W.

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.

Anna L.

I really enjoyed the presenter's conversational style. She is knowledgeable and fun to watch.

kiran H.

Lara's classes are some of the best I have taken, full of great information and engaging.

Deon F.


Bruce N.

An interesting topic

pamela s.

nice voice

Judd M.

easy to listen to.

Rex R.

Very useful.

Nancy G.

Great Speaker!

Eiji K.

Thank you!

Christopher L.

Great seminar. Thanks!

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