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Heightened Oversight May Lead to Rise in False Claims Act Actions Related to Assistance Programs Under the CARES Act

Just as a rise in federal enforcement actions accompanied the federal stimulus package passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, we expect enhanced federal enforcement to accompany the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) may increase its use of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) as an enforcement mechanism, particularly against businesses seeking relief under the small business assistance provisions of the CARES Act. Increased pressure and stressors on workers navigating the COVID-19 crisis may also lead to a rise in whistleblower filings under the FCA related to CARES Act programs. Continue

Ropes & Gray attorneys regularly provide insightful perspective on key legal issues.To read more, visit our Alerts archive.


Independent Investigation 

Ropes & Gray conducted an independent investigation into the abuse of hundreds of elite and Olympic gymnasts and other children by Larry Nassar. To read the report and for more information, please visit nassarinvestigation.com.

Heightened Oversight May Lead to Rise in False Claims Act Actions Related to Assistance Programs Under the CARES Act

Just as a rise in federal enforcement actions accompanied the federal stimulus package passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, we expect enhanced federal enforcement to accompany the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) may increase its use of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) as an enforcement mechanism, particularly against businesses seeking relief under the small business assistance provisions of the CARES Act. Increased pressure and stressors on workers navigating the COVID-19 crisis may also lead to a rise in whistleblower filings under the FCA related to CARES Act programs. Continue

Ropes & Gray attorneys regularly provide insightful perspective on key legal issues.To read more, visit our Alerts archive.


Independent Investigation 

Ropes & Gray conducted an independent investigation into the abuse of hundreds of elite and Olympic gymnasts and other children by Larry Nassar. To read the report and for more information, please visit nassarinvestigation.com.

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