The federal False Claims Act, the big gun used by private citizens to sue on the government's behalf companies or individuals defrauding the government, may soon be retooled, triggering a confrontation between business and the trial bar. The House and Senate have similar bills pending final action that would make the most substantive changes in the law in 22 years. Backers say the bills are meant to correct Supreme Court and lower court decisions that have misinterpreted and weakened the anti-fraud tool.
Clash Between Trial Bar and Business Expected Over False Claims Act
The National Law Journal
August 11, 2008