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The False Claims Act (“FCA”),[i]  has been around since 1863 and has been repeatedly amended by Congress.  The FCA can result in liability to the government for treble damages, plus civil penalties up to $10,000, for each false claim for any person who knowingly presents, or causes to be presented, a false or fraudulent claim for payment to the government.[ii] Because a “claim” against the government includes any request for the payment of money, any invoice or application...
Most Americans are aware that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents discrimination by employers against employees “because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”  In a highly-anticipated decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers several northeastern states, recently overturned its own precedent and became the second federal appellate court to find that Title VII protects individuals who are discriminated against...
The cost of civil litigation in the U.S. continues to increase.  If you are a business owner or officer, you can expect that your company will likely face numerous disputes that could or do result in litigation.  Often initial estimates of the legal costs are modified – heavily – as the case progresses. There can be different reasons for the modifications, but one of the primary reasons given is that no one knows how the other side will litigate the case. Will they be very...
In Virginia, when a property owner fails to pay assessments to the community association, the association has the option of filing a judgment lien or a memorandum of lien against the owner’s property as a means of securing the debt. The benefit of a lien is that it attaches to the property of the debtor, which increases the likelihood that the secured debt will be paid. A lien will prevent the property owner from selling the property or refinancing without first paying the...
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