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Federal False Claims Act Defense

Recent legislative developments and an aggressive Department of Justice have led to a rise in the number of False Claims Act cases at the state and federal level across the United States. The Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 (FERA) and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) have amended the False Claims Act (FCA) and have created new incentives for employees to become whistleblowers and retain qui tam attorneys.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, $5 billion was collected in judgments and settlements in 2012.

Each year, state and federal governments levy millions of dollars in fines against companies found liable for defrauding the government and the public. Managing liability exposure and reducing the risk of steep fines and damaged reputations require a criminal defense law firm with government experience. The Columbia, South Carolina, law firm of Sherri Lydon defends clients with an essential blend of in-depth government knowledge and assertive white collar criminal defense strategies. Lydon Law Firm represents clients using multipronged defense strategies that include:

  • Minimizing and eliminating government incentives to intervene
  • Forcing government disclosure of fraud claims
  • Decreasing company exposure
  • Challenging the breadth of liability
  • Negotiating reduced fines and fees

Comprehensive Cost Benefit Analysis

As a former federal prosecutor, founding Sherri Lydon is especially familiar with government fraud arising under the FERA, ACA and FCA. Clients often face qui tam claims alleging kickbacks, ghost patients, duplicate claims, hospise ineligibility issues and other health care fraud violations. In many qui tam cases, the legal benefits of a trial may be outweighed by the public relations considerations associated with a public trial. As such, Ms. Lydon advises clients regarding all of the potential legal, financial and reputation-based consequences of the charges while guiding them to optimum resolutions.

For a review of the legal options available in a case, you may call 803-753-1592 or email Lydon Law Firm.