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“Don’t mistake payments for approval, U.S. attorneys say”

Claire M. Sylvia, a partner at Phillips & Cohen, tells Bloomberg BNA’s Federal Contracts Report that “the government’s continued payment when it is on notice of an alleged violation” does not demonstrate that the violation does not matter.

‘‘[Whistle-blowers’] attorneys agree with the statements of interest, which have stressed that the question of materiality involves looking at a range of factors in each case, including whether the violation goes to the essence of the bargain with the government,’’ Sylvia said.

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Reproduced with permission from Federal Contracts Report 107 FCR 5/30/17. Copyright 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>

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