Phillips & Cohen partners John Phillips and Peter Chatfield weigh in on the possible implications of William P. Barr becoming US Attorney General for the enforcement of the False Claims Act.
“There is concern about Barr,” said Peter Chatfield, a Washington, D.C., attorney with Phillips & Cohen who represents healthcare whistleblowers. His broader worry is that “the trend with the current administration is to be more hands-off, allowing bad-faith actors more leeway than they deserve.”
Last month, under close questioning during his confirmation, Barr said he would take no actions to undermine the whistleblower law.
“It’s been a spectacular success, and I expect Barr now will understand that the actual legal experience with the law is very different than what he predicted in 1989,” said John Phillips, a Washington attorney who helped craft the whistleblower law.
Read the full article, “New Justice Dept. policies, new AG may mute False Claims Act whistleblowers,” on Modern Healthcare’s website (subscription required).