Speaking Engagement

False Claims Act Primer 2024

D.C. Bar Government Contracting Issues of the Day Series

Online Webinar

Blank Rome partner Elizabeth N. Jochum will serve as a panelist for False Claims Act Primer 2024, a D.C. Bar Government Contracting Issues of the Day Series webinar being held Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EDT.


The False Claims Act (“FCA”), codified at 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 – 3733, is the federal government’s primary litigative tool for combating fraud. The FCA imposes liability on persons and companies (typically federal contractors) who defraud governmental programs. Over the last ten years, there have been record increases in cases filed under the FCA and record recoveries by the federal government under the Act. From 1986 to the end of fiscal year 2018, FCA recoveries totaled more than $62 billion. Since 2009, the federal government has recovered at least two billion dollars each year under the FCA.

Experienced faculty will provide a basic understanding of the civil False Claims Act, describe false claims, offer strategies for detecting false claims, and explain how to defend against FCA actions brought by the federal government or private parties known as qui tam relators. Topics include:

  • Elements of liability
  • Statute of limitations
  • Qui tam provisions
  • First-to-file bar
  • Public disclosure bar
  • Potential damages
  • Recent cases and DOJ guidance


  • Cormac T. Connor, Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Todd M. Garland, Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Elizabeth N. Jochum, Blank Rome LLP

CLE credit is available.

For more information and to register, please visit the program webpage.