The False Claims Act with Jack Siegal

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Unscrupulous contractors have been ripping off the federal government for as long as there has been a federal government. President Lincoln, tired of being sold lame mules and rancid rations, signed the Federal Claims Act into law during The Civil War. In the last two decades the government, with the help of whistleblowers, has raked in more than $20 billion.

Joining me to discuss this important civil statute is Jack Siegal of McGlinchey Stafford in Boston. Jack’s practice focuses on financial services litigation, complex commercial disputes, government investigations and white-collar defense, securities litigation, regulatory proceedings, and compliance. 

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I hope you enjoy the interview, and especially how I managed not to include Jack’s answer to whether my dog could be sued for violating the FCA. “Nope. Not a person,” he said, with zero hesitation. I want to thank Jack for immediately taking on the role as Shiloh’s advocate, and for speaking with me about this important law.  –Tom Hagy