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False Claims Act Settlements Often are Business Deals

Jul.22.2013 — Federal Times

Washington, D.C.-based attorneys partner Andy Liu and counsel Jonathan Cone, provide insight as to why government contractors sometimes have a tough decision on whether to settle a case or go to trial, and why it may have less to do with what side of the law the contractors are on, and more to do with cost-benefit analysis. The attorneys note, "investigative and legal costs alone can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars before a case even gets to trial. Plus, contractors can risk debarment or suspension." Liu explains, "attorneys always insist upon provisions in any settlement deal indicating that the client contractor denies the allegation that gave rise to the case."

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