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U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ)

SAN FRANCISCO – The recent arrest of an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner on charges he tried to hawk a sealed qui tam complaint to the target company is causing whistleblower lawyers who worked with Jeffrey Wertkin while he was at the U.S. Department of Justice to take a fresh look at their own cases.

Jeffrey Wertkin of Akin Gump Strauss & Feld.

The lawyers said Wertkin’s role at the Justice Department was pivotal in False Claims Act litigation. Wertkin’s input was a critical factor in whether whistleblower actions were taken up or declined by the government, they said, and he also helped lead a trial in a groundbreaking fraud case that the DOJ did decide to pursue.

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