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14 Nov 2014, 6:08 am by Ben Vernia
The author, Ben Vernia, is a former federal prosecutor and Fraud Section civil attorney with 12 years of False Claims Act experience. [read post]
17 Dec 2013, 8:22 pm by A. Brian Albritton
For example, one case in the Middle District of Florida, the Wasserman case, was filed under seal in 2004, but the government did not unseal it until 2010.Ben Vernia at False Claims Counsel blog recently wrote about one federal district court judge in South Carolina who has given notice that the court will no longer agree to these automatic extensions of the seal for qui tams. [read post]
7 May 2013, 1:06 am by Ben Vernia
Ben Vernia of The Vernia Law Firm, NYU Professor and legal ethics expert Stephen Gillers, and Gary Azorsky and Jeanne Markey, at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC provided letters in support of the propriety of the Department of Justice’s decision-making process in the case. [read post]
30 Jan 2013, 8:46 pm by A. Brian Albritton
I commend to readers the recent blog posts at Sidley's Original Source blog and Ben Vernia's False Claims Counsel blog that discuss U.S. ex rel. [read post]
26 Nov 2012, 8:04 pm by A. Brian Albritton
Ben Vernia at False Claims Counsel blog has highlighted a recent False Claims Act case involving a matter of first impression: whether a District Court may quash a Government’s Civil Investigative Demand (CID) that was issued after the underlying case was dismissed without prejudice. [read post]
29 Oct 2012, 1:03 am by Ben Vernia
An October 29 article in the Wall Street Journal’s law blog cites Ben Vernia, attorney at the Vernia Law Firm, regarding the novel approach taken by the Department of Justice in its recent False Claims Act suit against Bank of America over the mortgage underwriting practices of Countrywide, which BofA acquired in 2008. [read post]
7 Oct 2012, 9:05 am by A. Brian Albritton
In "District Court Dismisses Whistleblower's Case Against Humana for Public Disclosure," 9/30/12, attorney Ben Vernia and his blog, www.falseclaimscounsel.com, recently highlighted an interesting decision from the Southern District of Florida on the application of the "public disclosure bar" and whether the bar applies when the facts or allegations underlying the claim are publicly disclosed in newspaper articles and a lawsuit, even when those facts are innocently characterized and… [read post]