Our team includes former senior government officials who have held positions with direct responsibility for enforcement of the False Claims Act on behalf of the United States, as well as experienced litigators with a record of success in defeating or resolving FCA cases in private practice. Our FCA litigators work closely with lawyers in our Government Contracts Litigation Practice, who have deep experience with the intricacies of federal procurement law and matters of administrative suspension and debarment, as well as members of our Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice on precedent-setting FCA decisions from the federal appellate courts.
We have represented clients in a range of industries in response to investigations by the Department of Justice and obtained favorable resolutions of matters without a formal action being filed. We approach our engagement with the Department of Justice with the benefit of many of our lawyers having been responsible for FCA enforcement matters during their own government service.
WilmerHale also has a record of success in defending against qui tam litigation—an increasing part of the FCA docket. We have obtained dismissal of cases on threshold questions of jurisdiction under the FCA’s public-disclosure and first-to-file bars, for failure to plead fraud with particularity under Rule 9(b), on grounds that the challenged conduct was not precluded by the relevant terms of procurement, and on grounds that the relator had released his right to bring FCA claims against our client. To be sure, certain cases may warrant settlement, and WilmerHale has substantial experience negotiating settlements directly with the government, when settlement discussions with relators prove unproductive.