PITTSBURGH, PA – Michael A. Morse, Pamela C. Brecht and Marc S. Raspanti, partners in the law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, presented on “Qui Tam Litigation: A Practitioner’s Symposium” sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and the White Collar Crime Southeast Region Subcommittee. The seminar took place on September 25, 2015 at Alston & Bird, LLP in Charlotte, NC.
This seminar presented a panel of nationally recognized experts to discuss strategic considerations, recent developments and experienced viewpoints on qui tam and FIRREA litigation.
Mr. Morse discussed Recent Trends and Developments in the Law. He serves as Chair of the Qui Tam Practice Group at Pietragallo. He is also a member of the Government Enforcement, Compliance, and White Collar Litigation Group as well as the Health Care and Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Morse has developed a nationwide practice representing whistleblowers, under federal and state false claims acts, who report fraud committed against the government by corporations and individuals. He represents whistleblowers from across the United States who have exposed fraud against the federal and state governments in the areas of: pharmaceutical sales and marketing; health care; defense contracting; finance; federal stimulus; construction; research; collection; and government procurement.
Ms. Brecht spoke on The Investigation of Potential Claims and the Filing of a Qui Tam Complaint. Ms. Brecht is an active member of the Qui Tam Practice Group, with experience also in employment law, white collar criminal litigation, and labor relations. She has been or is currently involved in litigating some of the most complex Qui Tam cases filed in the United States. Her cases have included alleged fraud by a large multi-state Medicaid managed care contractor, FCA violations by three of the largest hospital corporations in the country, and complex financial relationships among healthcare providers, as well as pharmaceutical fraud. She is also part of the team that is advancing one of the first national cases alleging fraud against the Medicare Part D program.
Lastly, Mr. Raspanti was the moderator and speaker on the topic of Global Settlements and Relator Share/Attorney Fee Issues. He is the founder of the firm’s national Affirmative Qui Tam Practice Group as well as the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group. Since 1989, Mr. Raspanti has litigated or is currently litigating some of the most complex and important cases in the history of the federal False Claims Act. He has served as lead counsel for whistleblowers in false claims cases that have resulted in over $2 billion in recoveries for federal and state taxpayers.