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A former federal prosecutor and current co-chair of the firm’s Compliance & Government Investigations Practice Group, Lisa Rivera’s practice focuses on advising healthcare providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device companies and other clients on matters related to civil and criminal healthcare fraud and abuse, as well as government investigations and enforcement.

Last week, the District Court for the Eastern District of California denied the defendant’s motion for summary judgment of a False Claims Act (FCA) count against Aerojet Rocketdyne (Aerojet) for allegedly fraudulently inducing the government to enter into federal contracts when the company knew it was not compliant with cybersecurity requirements.

The order contains important lessons for government contractors in the emerging area of FCA liability based on noncompliance with cybersecurity obligations. While the litigation is ongoing and may ultimately be resolved in Aerojet’s favor, the order demonstrates the growing importance of cybersecurity compliance.

Continue Reading Government Contractors Face False Claims Act Liability for Cybersecurity Non-Compliance

There is a new weapon in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) already powerful False Claims Act (FCA) arsenal.  In October 2021, the DOJ announced a new Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, under which it will pursue FCA liability against government contractors in the cybersecurity space.  According to the announcement from Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, the