Mark Hanna Speaker at ABA False Claims Act Conference

June 7, 2014

Mark Hanna spoke at the ABA's 10th National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement Conference in Washington, DC.

Mark was a presenter on a panel on "Recent Developments on Damages and Penalties. Among other cases, he discussed the Fourth Circuit's decision in U.S. ex rel. Bunk v. Gosselin World Wide Moving, N.V., 741 F.3d 390 (4th Cir. 2013), in which the Fourth Circuit reversed the District Court's finding that a $24 million civil penalty was unconstitutional. Murphy Anderson lawyers Michael T. Anderson, Ann Lugbill and Mark Hanna represent the relators in Bunk.

In addition to civil penalty issues, the panel discussed how damages are calculated in False Claims Act litigation, a hotly-contested issue on which courts have split in determining whether damages should be calculated in terms of the diminishment in value to the government or on the full value of the government contract.