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2018 YEAR IN REVIEW – THE FALSE CLAIMS ACTJanuary 2019© 2019 Haynes and Boone, LLP 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW: THE FALSE CLAIMS ACT1haynesboone.comTABLE OF CONTENTSClients and Friends,The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq. (FCA), continued to be a significant focus of government and whistleblower activity in 2018. This Year in Review highlights several key developments, including: The recovery by the government of more than $2.8 billion in settlements and judgments in FCA cases in 2018. The aftermath of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Escobar and the varying interpretations of “materiality” under the FCA. Significant judicial decisions regarding the first‑to‑file rule, the public disclosure bar, and pleading requirements for FCA cases, among other issues.In 2018, Haynes and Boone represented healthcare providers, defense contractors, and individuals in FCA investigations and lawsuits. We successfully resolved matters before lawsuits were filed, negotiated favorable settlemen...