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Where Does Attorney General William Barr Stand on the False Claims Act?

William Barr was confirmed as Attorney General by the Senate a few months ago, after testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing on January 15, 2019. Immediately following the hearing, The National Whistleblower Center ("NWC") Whistleblower Protection Blog reported with a sigh of relief that Barr had committed to "diligently enforce" the False Claims Act. This post also included a statement from NWC Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn, calling this a "major victory for all whistleblowers," since Barr was historically opposed to the qui tam provision in the False Claims Act that enables whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the government if they have independent knowledge that fraud is taking place. More

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Attorney General Nominee Historically Opposed to False Claims Act Whistleblower Provision

William Barr, currently an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis who is nominated for the position of Attorney General, has historically been opposed to the False Claims Act qui tam whistleblower provision which allows private citizens to sue in the name of the United States government. More

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