Every two years, attorneys prosecuting or defending qui tam whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act and other whistleblower laws gather for the Whistleblower Law Symposium.
We have written much about “qui tam” whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act. Since last year’s passage of the Dodd-Frank law, whistleblowers who help expose (1) violations of the securities laws or (2) commercial bribery of foreign government officials, now can receive rewards of 10-30% of money sanctions imposed under the new SEC Whistleblower Program. The new IRS Whistleblower program pays whistleblowers 15-30% of amounts recovered. These cases also help stop fraud against taxpayers and investors.
On October 21, an unusual group of national experts on these claims will gather for the Whistleblower Law Symposium, which our firm organizes every two years. Not only do we have senior attorneys from the Department of Justice and experienced whistleblower lawyers discussing qui tam cases, but the Director of the IRS Whistleblower Office Steve Whitlock will participate and explain the tax whistleblower program. Senior SEC attorneys also have stated that they wish to be part of our seminar to discuss the new SEC Whistleblower Program, and are seeking approval to participate.
This conference is broader in scope than any whistleblower law conference in the country of which I am aware, as we have a national faculty of lawyers on both sides of these cases, as well as some of the top government officials involved.
Registration is still open for those who want to register online here:
Please feel free to call or email me with any questions. The Agenda is below.
Pursuing and Defending the New Financial Whistleblower Claims Created by Dodd-Frank and the IRS Whistleblower Law, and Qui Tam Cases Under the False Claims Act
Whistleblower Law Symposium
October 21, 2011State Bar of Georgia Headquarters 104 Marietta Street Atlanta, Georgia
Michael A. Sullivan Finch McCranie, LLP, Atlanta
8:30 Brief Introduction to the False Claims Act Michael A. Sullivan, Finch McCranie, LLP, Atlanta
8:40 Hot Topics in Qui Tam Cases in Health Care-and Will This Industry Continue to Generate More Than 80% of False Claims Act Recoveries?
Richard L. Shackelford, King & Spalding, LLP, Atlanta (Moderator)
Daniel P. Griffin, Miller & Martin, PLLC, Atlanta John E. Floyd, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP, Atlanta Marlon Wilbanks, Wilbanks & Bridges, LLP, Atlanta
9:35 Federal Priorities and Procedures in Qui Tam Cases-and What to Expect From Federal Government Attorneys When You Have a Qui Tam Case Edgar Bueno, United States Attorney’s Office, Savannah Charles W. Byrd, United States Attorney’s Office, Columbus Christopher J. Huber, United States Attorney’s Office, Atlanta Michael J. Moore, United State Attorney for Middle District of Georgia G. Mark Simpson, Simpson Law Firm, LLC, Atlanta Michael A. Sullivan
10:45 How States Coordinate with the Federal Government In Cases Under the State and Federal False Claims Acts-Current Priorities and Recent Results Daniel R. Miller, Berger & Montague, P.C., Philadelphia (former Deputy Attorney General, Delaware Department of Justice, & Past President, National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NMFCU))
Charles M. Richards, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Office of Attorney General (Georgia), Atlanta Lelia P. Winget-Hernandez, Virginia Office of Attorney General, Richmond (invited)
11:40 Practical Issues in Pursuing and Defending Qui Tam Cases After the 2009-2010 Amendments to the False Claims Act-and How Is the “Public-Private Partnership” Model Working?
Jason E. Bring, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP, Atlanta Steven H. Cohen, Cohen Law Group, Chicago Richard H. Deane, Jr., Jones Day, Atlanta Neil V. Getnick, Getnick & Getnick, LLP, New York (Moderator)
Lunch Presentation & Remarks: Rep. Edward Lindsey, Legislative Sponsor of the Georgia State False Medicaid Claims Act
1:15 Billions in Tax Whistleblower Claims Already Submitted? Update from the IRS Whistleblower Office Director on the New IRS Whistleblower Program Stephen A. Whitlock, Director, IRS Whistleblower Office, Washington Michael A. Sullivan (Moderator)
2:10 The New SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs: A Summary for Attorneys Pursuing and Defending the New Financial Whistleblower Claims Created by Dodd-Frank
From the SEC:
Sean X. McKessy, Chief, SEC Office of the Whistleblower, Washington (invited)
Stephen L. Cohen, Associate Director, SEC Division of Enforcement, Washington (invited)
From the CFTC:
Richard Foelber, Chief, CFTC Office of Cooperative Enforcement, Washington (invited)
David Marshall, Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, Washington Tony G. Powers, Rogers & Hardin, LLP, Atlanta Jordan A. Thomas, Labaton Sucharow LLP, New York (former Assistant Director, SEC Division of Enforcement and National Coordinator of SEC’s Cooperation Program)
Michael K. Wolensky, Schiff Hardin, LLP, Atlanta