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District Court Allows DBE False Claims Act Case to Proceed

Posted in Construction Law, Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBE), False Claims Act

Last week, I posted about how whistleblowers continue to receive large settlements related to DBE fraud. A somewhat recent case from the federal court in Maryland shows how whistleblowers are ferreting out DBE fraud on construction projects receiving any form of federal funding. The Case The case involves a bridge painting project in Maryland that… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Continue to Receive Large Settlements in DBE Fraud Cases

Posted in Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBE), False Claims Act

It has been awhile since I last blogged about fraud involving the Department of Transportation’s disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) program.  Trust me, the problem has not gone away. If anything, prosecutions and civil claims filed under the False Claims Act alleging DBE fraud have become so frequent, I could not write a blog post about… Continue Reading

Is the False Claims Act Big Labor’s New ‘Area Standards’ Weapon?

Posted in False Claims Act

In early March, the United States Federal Court for the Southern District of Ohio unsealed a complaint filed by the Painters and Allied Trade’s Council No. 6 against a painting contractor under the False Claims Act.  (A copy of the complaint can be viewed here: Complaint)  The Complaint is brought against a non-union painting subcontractor performing… Continue Reading

The Hidden Dangers of Failing to Follow DBE Rules (Part 2): The False Claims Act

Posted in Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBE), False Claims Act

Mega-law firm Wilmer Hale recently published a its 2013 False Claims Act Year in Review.  The report is an insightful read for any business dealing with the federal government.  However, two statistics in particular should stand out for the construction industry: False Claims Act suits hitting an all-time high of 753 in 2013, and Government… Continue Reading