George Breen Quoted in “More Relators Push FCA Cases to the End in 2017”


George B. Breen, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences and Litigation practices and Chair of the firm’s National Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Steering Committee, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Law360, in “More Relators Push FCA Cases to the End in 2017,” by Daniel Wilson and Jeff Overley. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

While the $3.7 billion in False Claims Act recoveries made in fiscal 2017 is unremarkable in comparison to some recent record years, a look behind that figure shows some more interesting trends, including what looks to be relators’ greater willingness to pursue cases to their end without government assistance.

The U.S. Department of Justice released its fiscal 2017 FCA figures on Dec. 21, saying it had recovered a little more than $3.7 billion from related settlements and judgments for the year, about $1.1 billion less than what it recovered in 2016. …

For FCA defendants, that means they can’t simply “presume that the matter is going to go away if the government elects to decline,” Epstein Becker Green health care and life sciences practice chair George Breen said.