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All others: $125
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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The S.C. Bar CLE Division, the S.C. Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section and the Charleston School of Law are pleased to present a joint spring seminar focusing on federal False Claims Act (FCA) litigation. “Current Trends in False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation” is designed to update you on emerging issues arising in the context of federal FCA lawsuits involving a variety of industries and federal government contractors. Panelists from the plaintiff's perspectives include the former U.S. Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the District of South Carolina, as well as seasoned Relator’s counsel. Panelists from the defense perspective include former Assistant U.S. Attorneys and experienced FCA trial counsel. The Hon. Richard M. Gergel, U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina, will provide judicial insights on FCA litigation. With attorneys from all over the country participating in this seminar, it is sure to provide both beginning and seasoned practitioners a wealth of valuable information in the ever-changing area of FCA-related litigation.

This seminar is an intermediate level program.

AGENDA
8:30 a.m. Registration

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9 a.m. Ten Practical Tips for Relators – Doing Your Best to File a Winning Qui Tam Case
Marc S. Raspanti, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, Philadelphia, PA

9:30 a.m. Medicare Part C and Part D FCA Cases: The Next Frontier
Pamela C. Brecht, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, Philadelphia, PA

10 a.m. Observations from the Bench – FCA Cases
The Hon. Richard M. Gergel
U.S. District Judge, District of South Carolina, Charleston

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: FCA/Qui Tam Suits: Plaintiff’s Perspective
Moderator: Joseph P. Griffith Jr., Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, Charleston
Pamela C. Brecht, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
James C. Leventis Jr., AUSA, Columbia
William N. (Bill) Nettles, Law Office of Bill Nettles, Columbia
Charles H. (Chet) Rabon Jr., Rabon Law Firm, PLLC, Charlotte, NC
Marc S. Raspanti, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Elizabeth C. Warren, AUSA, Columbia
        
11:45 a.m. Lunch (provided)
Sponsored by Deborah B. Barbier, Pamela C. Brecht, Joseph P. Griffith Jr., Richard A. Harpootlian, Matthew R. Hubbell, Herbert W. Louthian Jr. and Marc S. Raspanti

12:15 p.m. FCA Defenses: Rule 9(b)
Bradley B. Banias, Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC, Charleston

12:30 p.m. FCA Defenses: First-to-File Bar
Joseph P. Griffith Jr., Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, Charleston

12:45 p.m. FCA Defenses: Breach of the Seal
Margaret N. Fox, Griffin & Davis, LLC, Columbia

1 p.m. FCA Defenses: Public Disclosure Bar
Beth B. Richardson, Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, Columbia

1:15 p.m. Antikickback/Stark Case Update
J. Brady Hair, Law Offices of J. Brady Hair, N. Charleston

1:45 p.m. Break

2 p.m. The Role of Criminal Counsel in Pending Qui Tam-FCA Litigation
Trey R. Kelleter, Vandeventer Black, LLP, Norfolk, VA

2:30 p.m. Federal Debt Collections Procedures Act and the FCA: The Government’s Pre-Judgment Remedies
Thomas P. Gressette Jr., Walker Gressette Freeman & Linton, LLC, Charleston

3 p.m. Panel Discussion: FCA/Qui Tam Suits: Defendant’s Perspective
Moderator: J. Brady Hair, Law Offices of Brady Hair, N. Charleston
Beattie B. Ashmore, Beattie B. Ashmore, P.A., Greenville
Joseph P. Griffith Jr., Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, Charleston
Matthew R. Hubbell, Hubbell Law Firm, LLC, Charleston
A. Camden Lewis, Law Offices of Lewis Babcock, L.L.P., Columbia
Sandra Louise Weikel Miller, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, Greenville

4 p.m. Adjourn

All registrations must be pre-paid. Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds, less $25 administrative fee, will be made for cancellations received in writing to the CLE Registrar at registrar@scbar.org by 5 p.m., one week prior to the seminar. Cancellations will not be accepted within one week of seminar date. One-time transfers to seminars of like value or to the live webcast of the seminar (if available) will be accepted for a $25 administrative fee in lieu of cancellations within one week of seminar. Requests to transfer to the live webcast must be received by 1p.m. the day prior to the program. Designated substitutes may take the place of registrants unable to attend.

If you have a disability, please call ahead to let us know how we may accommodate your needs.

 

Locations
  • Charleston
    In-Person Seminar
    Charleston School of Law
    394 Meeting St. Room D101 or M101, Charleston, SC 29403