WPL to Host Webinar to Help Construction Professionals Address Civil False Claims Act Changes

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The webinar, entitled “Reduce Risk from Federal and State Civil False Claims Acts: Recent Changes are Cause for Concern,” is suited for various professionals in the construction community, including contractors, subcontractors, consultants, architects, engineers, public and private owners, and construction managers.

WPL Publishing soon will sponsor a webinar to help construction professionals minimize the risks they face from civil False Claims Act changes.

In the past two years, there have been major changes in the civil False Claims Act and how it is enforced. These changes have resulted in increased risks for all construction companies doing business with government agencies or whose projects are funded with government money. The 90-minute webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), is designed to help construction professionals address False Claims Act changes. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/6adar8d.

This webinar will outline changes to federal and state False Claims Act statutes and related regulations, the increased enforcement resources on this subject, the resulting explosion of new cases, changes in enforcement practices, related cost and pricing issues affecting construction companies, and the growing importance of compliance and ethics programs for companies at risk. Event attendees also will take away some practical tips on key issues that have attracted enforcement agency attention.

This course also will explore the following:

  • Changes to the False Claims Act that make it easier for enforcement agencies to bring actions against companies in the construction industry.
  • Specific cases targeting companies in the construction industry.
  • The growing trend of combining civil False Claims Act enforcement against companies with criminal prosecution of individuals who are involved.
  • The increased dangers of suspension/debarment proceedings against companies as well as individual executives and board members.
  • Recent trends in the auditing of companies’ compliance and ethics programs.
  • Practical tips on how to avoid becoming enmeshed in one of these very expensive and distracting investigations.
  • How an effective compliance and ethics program can be used to generate agency good will and increase new business opportunities.
  • Specific cost-accounting and pricing issues that can prove troublesome and become the subject of false-claims investigations.

Addressing attendees will be Holland & Knight LLP Partner Christopher Myers and Patrick McGeehin, senior managing director in FTI Consulting Inc.’s Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice. Mr. Myers, a former federal prosecutor, has represented clients in a broad range of complex matters affecting heavily regulated industries, including healthcare and life sciences, government contracts, financial institutions, educational institutions, and publicly traded and privately held companies both in the United States and abroad. Mr. McGeehin consults on government contract and litigation support matters, and provides contract claims assistance and litigation support services relating to both the calculation of and approach to damages. These damages include breach of contract, lost profits, requests for equitable damages in delay and disruption cases, and fraud-related issues.

Following their presentations, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.
Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/6adar8d.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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