The Department of Justice announced that it recovered more than $3 billion in settlements and judgements from False Claims Act matters in Fiscal Year 2019. The release may be found here. In addition to describing in detail significant cases, the press release covers:
- $2.6 billion in healthcare related recoveries
- 633 qui tam suits filed
- Research and grant misconduct by universities leading to more than $100 million in settlements
- Penalties and damages imposed against individuals/company executives
This annual press release is an important tool for companies to understand FCA enforcement trends. Among other things, the press release offers a broad window into the state of False Claims Act risks and provides an opportunity for companies to review their compliance programs and address emerging issues or gaps that may exist.