Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal
Reform (ILR), made the following statement today urging Congress to
reform aspects of the False Claims Act (FCA):
"The FCA is an important tool, but in an era of exploding government
regulations, it needs to be updated. To be effective, the FCA should be
upgraded to focus more on preventing fraud from happening in the first
place, rather than solely relying on after-the-fact litigation.
"We support reexamination of this issue and will work with Congress on
smart, commonsense reforms to improve the FCA's role in preventing
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution
and Civil Justice will hold a hearing this afternoon on oversight of the
FCA. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP's David W. Ogden, a
former United States deputy attorney generl, will testify on behalf of
ILR. A copy of his testimony is available here.
ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative,
political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state,
and local levels.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation
representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all
sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and
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