Zachary Kitts is a founding partner at K&G Law Group, PLLC, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of qui tam litigation under the federal False Claims Act and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, and other complex civil litigation matters.
I recommend everyone interested in this blog check out Stewart Weltman’s Lean and Mean Litigation blog. While it does not address qui tam or false claims practice in particular, its focus on efficient litigation practices is invaluable to those interested in […]
Senate Bill 2041, also known as the False Claims Act Corrections Act of 2007, has received overwhelming bipartisan support from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has reported it out to the full Senate for consideration. “This is common sense legislation […]
An Open Letter to Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli (as well as all other Potential 2009 Candidates for Attorney General of Virginia)
Ken Cuccinelli, who has announced his intention to run for Attorney General of the Commonwealth next year, would do well to focus on the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.
Qui tam cases under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act must be filed under seal. Given that the first case was not filed in Fairfax County until February of 2007, you should not assume that your particular Circuit Court has experience with the statute, and extra precaution should be taken. This posting contains the wisdom I gathered, such as it is, in filing under seal in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County.
The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act: One Year Anniversary
March 13, 2008 marked the one year anniversary of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act’s certification under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.
LexisNexis and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) to publish new practice commentaries on the Federal False Claims Act
LexisNexis will soon be publishing updated Practice Commentaries for the Federal False Claims Act (31 U.S.C.S 3729 et seq). The Practice Commentaries are published as part of a joint project with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy(NITA), and are designed to assist practitioners without prior experience in technical areas of practice.
Qui Tam Practice Example: Documentation of a Qui Tam Claim is not to be taken lightly by potential relators
Potential qui tam relators under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act or the Federal False Claims Act should be aware of the risks inherent in blowing the whistle. The recent Virginia case of JDS Uniphase v. Jennings, 473 F.Supp.2d 697 (E.D.Va. 2007)makes it clear that there are risks involved.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has never used the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act to hold construction companies accountable when they mismanage funds or fail to deliver promised results. The Federal False Claims Act has been used to hold contractors liable for failing to deliver as promised.
The Project on Government Oversight http://www.pogo.org maintains an excellent on-line database at http://www.contractormisconduct.org which lists companies responsible for misconduct on federal contracts. Some might find it incredible that the feds do not maintain a centralized federal database of contractor misconduct; the POGO database […]
The Herndon-Monroe Park-and-ride garage in Fairfax County, Virgnia, is just one example of the type of fraud, waste, and abuse that should be pursued using the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, otherwise known as the Virginia False Claims Act.