Potential Uses of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act

Eli Lilly Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion to Settle Qui Tam Claims Brought by the United States and 26 States–Unfortunately, Virginia is Not Among Them

For the first time, a qui tam settlement has topped the $1 billion mark.  Late last week, Eli Lilly announced that it had agreed to pay a total of $1.4 billion to the United States and to a collection of participating […]

A New Year, A New President, and Lots of New Money–How We Can Prevent the Same Old Fraud?

The year 2009 will bring a new President to the White House who has promised lots and lots of new federal money to fund various state and federal projects.  Some have gone so far as to say that President-elect Obama […]

Q & A: Is It Necessary for the Virginia Attorney General to File A Complaint Under Seal?

Q:  Is It Necessary for the Virginia Attorney General to File A Complaint Under Seal when the Office initiates a case on its own, without a relator? A:  In a word, no.  The answer to this question raises a larger issue, however–namely,  […]

The Marine Habitat and Waterways Improvement Fund and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act

One loyal reader recently pointed out that this blog might have unintentionally drifted from one of its stated goals–namely, to give practice examples of the myriad situations in which Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act might be useful. Today’s example concerns […]

Proof that one Medicare provider with a laptop can steal more than ten men with guns

In Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather, Don Corleone says something along the lines of, “One lawyer with his brief case can steal more than ten men with guns.”  Today the Washington Post has an excellent front page story by Carrie Johnson […]

The Utility of Private Law Enforcement: Academic Support from the University of Chicago

THE UTILITY OF PRIVATE LAW ENFORCEMENT — EVIDENCE FROM THE WORLD OF ACADEMIA An article published by two professors at the University of Chicago should be of some interest to readers of this blog.  See, Blowing the Whistle: Which External Controls Best […]

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.