Cincinnati law firm Helmer Martins announces publication of the 2018 Cumulative Supplement to James B. Helmer, Jr.’s, treatise: False Claims Act: Whistleblower Litigation. This treatise, now in its Seventh Edition, is published by Bloomberg BNA.

The 2018 Cumulative Supplement includes discussion of cutting edge topics pertinent to all attorneys, scholars, and business leaders who wish to stay current in the fast-paced field of False Claims Act litigation, including discussion of:

  • Strained judicial interpretations of the Escobar materiality standard
  • The split deepens among the circuits on the appropriate statute of limitations
  • Substantial increases in FCA monetary penalties
  • The most recent FCA recoveries
  • The growing trend of the government objecting to dismissal of relators
  • Recent interpretations of the amended original source provision
  • Use of statistical sampling to establish liability
  • Air Force qui tam litigation and Touhy requests

Both the Seventh Edition of False Claims Act: Whistleblower Litigation and the new 2018 supplement are available for purchase from Bloomberg BNA.

Mr. Helmer is Senior Partner and President of the Cincinnati office of Helmer, Martins, Rice & Popham. See his profile for more information. Approximately two thirds of his practice, which is exclusively devoted to litigation, involves the representation of employees blowing the whistle on fraudulent Government contractors. Mr. Helmer has obtained several multi-million dollar jury verdicts and has been trial counsel in over 300 published legal decisions. His False Claims Act cases have returned over $1 Billion to the taxpayers and have resulted in 15 criminal indictments. Mr. Helmer is also the co-author of Representing the Terminated Employee in Ohio (2d ed. Anderson 1997).

In 1985 and 1986, Mr. Helmer’s testimony before the House of Representatives and the United States Senate was pivotal in the 1986 Amendments to the False Claims Act. Congress and President Reagan accepted all of the suggestions Mr. Helmer made for modernizing the statute which has become known as the government’s primary weapon against fraud on the taxpayers. In 2008, he argued Allison Engine Co. v. United States ex re. Sanders before the United States Supreme Court against former Solicitor General Theodore Olson. The Supreme Court ruled by a 9-0 decision in favor of Helmer’s client but then interpreted the False Claims Act in a restrictive manner. As a result, Mr. Helmer returned to testify before two Congressional Committees in 2008 concerning the clarification of the False Claims Act. Congress overwhelmingly passed the Amendments championed by Mr. Helmer and President Obama signed them into law on May 20, 2009 – Mr. Helmer’s birthday.

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