Maureen C. McDonald,Attorney,Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP to Speak at TKG’s Speaking Opportunity -Implied Certification and Materiality in FCA Lawsuits

Top Quote TKG/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Maureen C. McDonald, Attorney, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP will speak at TKG’s webcast entitled:“Implied Certification and Materiality in FCA Lawsuits:Everything You Need to Know and Do”This event is scheduled for June 05, 2019 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm (ET). End Quote
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    About Maureen C. McDonald
    Ms. McDonald advises clients on various government contracts and complex commercial matters. She assists with transactional government contracts due diligence, False Claims Act investigations and litigation, and other procurement and contracts issues.

    Prior to joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Ms. McDonald worked for a government contractor as both a procurement specialist and a contracts administrator. She also worked as a summer intern for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of General Counsel, General Law Division.

    Ms. McDonald received her J.D. in 2015 from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she was managing editor of The Catholic University Law Review. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    About Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
    With 21 offices, 85 practices and over 900 lawyers and professionals, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is among the world’s largest law firms, yet it strives to provide every client with focused and consistent attention. Recognized by BTI Consulting Group as a Client Service A-Team and as one of the top 30 law firms in the U.S., Akin Gump is known for its strength in litigation and high-stakes appellate work, leadership in groundbreaking transactions and depth in public policy. Akin Gump is committed to creating, expanding and protecting its clients’ assets and interests.

    Through its network of domestic and international offices, Akin Gump advises companies across myriad industries in both mature and emerging markets. Akin Gump professionals possess a sharp understanding of the intangible factors in economic and political infrastructures, combining it with first-hand government experience at the highest levels around the world.

    Event Synopsis:
    In the wake of the Escobar case, issues on the uniformity of implied certification and materiality standards in False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuits have emerged. As the impact of the Stephens Institute ruling on the mandatory use of the two-part falsity test on implied certification is hugely affecting the litigation landscape, the lack of consensus among the courts on the nature of the test being advisory rather than mandatory has been causing ambiguity to both defendants and plaintiffs. This, along with the more stringent requirements in proving the materiality of a claim, is changing the FCA litigation landscape.

    With the recent developments on the ever-evolving FCA litigation landscape, government contractors should be able to keep abreast of the changing tides and mitigate the increased risks and liabilities in the post-Escobar landscape. Being well-versed with a comprehensive knowledge of the latest trends and updates is vital to developing effective litigation procedure and strategies

    In this LIVE webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders will help businesses and their counsel understand the important aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion of Implied Certification and Materiality in FCA Lawsuits. Speakers will also offer best practices in developing and implementing effective litigation strategies in light of the recent changes and updates on FCA litigation.

    Key topics include:
    - FCA Litigation Trends in 2018
    - Implied Certification and Materiality in FCA Lawsuits: Examining the Nooks and Crannies
    - Notable Cases and Rulings
    - Risks and Pitfalls
    - Practical Litigation Tips and Strategies
    - 2019 Outlook

    About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
    The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit:

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