Rachel Geman Presents “Anatomy of a False Claims Act Case” for Lawline

Rachel Geman Presents Anatomy of a False Claims Act Case for Lawline

Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman will be presenting a Lawline course on “The Anatomy of a False Claims Act Case & How the FCA Works in a Whistleblower World” on October 11, 2017 at 10am EST. The program will cover cases in which the government declines to intervene, the expansion of whistleblower programs and claims, and additional recent developments. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds “Implied Certification” Liability in False Claims Act Cases

U.S. Supreme Court

In an important and unanimous opinion in Universal Health Services, Inc. V. United States et al. Ex Rel. Escobar et al., the Supreme Court has upheld the “implied certification” theory of federal False Claims Act (FCA) liability. Thus, liability under the FCA does not require that a defendant certified compliance with a law or rule that is an express condition of payment from a government program. [Read more…]

U.S. Education Dept Proposes New Student Debt Forgiveness Rules

US Education Dept Proposes New Student Debt Forgiveness Rules

Defrauded students would have their loans forgiven; new rules would also bar mandatory arbitration clauses

In what could lead to a stunning victory for students defrauded by mercernary and predatory “for-profit” colleges, the U.S. Department of Education has released proposed rules that would forgive student loans in situations where colleges committed fraud and other misconduct. There has been a wave of lawsuits and judgments recently where so-called “fraudster colleges” are beginning to be held accountable for their improper and illegal conduct in forcing sudents into crippling student loan debt, often via deceptive manipulations, outrageous missed-class and missed-exam fees, and false promises of post-graduate employment success via wildly distorted alumni job rates. [Read more…]

Corinthian Colleges Hit with Over $1 Billion Judgment Over Fraudulent Conduct

Corinthian Colleges Hit with Over $1 Billion Judgment Over Fraudulent Conduct

$820 million to affected students, $350 million in civil penalties

MarketWatch reports that a California judge has ordered the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges for-profit college chain to pay over $1 billion against claims the company misled investors and students. Unfortunately, as the journal notes, former students will probably not see any of that money, as the company filed for bankruptcy last year and declared its total assets were less than $20 million. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman Discusses Latest Trends and Developments in Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuits

Rachel Geman on Qui Tam Suits

Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman will be speaking in a live webcast on January 13, 2016 titled “Latest Trends and Developments in Qui Tam Lawsuits and the Statute of Limitations.” Other featured event panelists include Kayla Stachniak Kaplan and Jennifer Wollenberg (Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP), Robert Sadowski (Sadowski Katz LLP), and Ian Samson (Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack). [Read more…]

Lexi Hazam Discusses Latest Developments in Whistleblower Law

Lexi Hazam Discusses Latest Developments in Whistleblower Law

In a roundtable discussion published in this month’s edition of California Lawyer magazine, Lieff Cabraser attorney Lexi Hazam reviews the latest developments in whistleblower law, including how the law is evolving in cases where the whistleblower must pursue the action without the assistance of the federal government.

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