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CLE: 4524 Litigating Whistleblower Claims: What You Need to Know for 2021 and Beyond
March 31, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
This dynamic and interactive panel conversation will focus on the nuts and bolts of whistleblower litigation, including the importance of vetting a potential False Claims Act case, the interactions between employment law and whistleblower litigation, in-house investigations and defending against fraud claims, and the role of the government in pursuing whistleblower claims. In the wake of the global pandemic, panelists will also address the potential for fraudulent claims on state and federal healthcare and Covid-response programs, red flags for companies and whistleblowers to consider in identifying and combatting fraud, and recommendations for working with the US Attorney’s Office on False Claims Act matters.
Friday, March 31, 2021
11:00am – 12:30pm
Meet the Speakers:
Gera Peoples is a partner at Akerman LLP and Deputy Chair of the firm’s Fraud and Recovery Practice. A former Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Peoples focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including class actions, contract litigation, ERISA litigation, False Claims Act and qui tam actions, healthcare litigation, and antitrust disputes. He has experience defending clients in qui tam cases against healthcare fraud and government contract fraud claims brought by whistleblowers in federal courts, and representing clients in civil and criminal investigations involving healthcare fraud by federal and state agencies.
Lindsay Saxe Griffin has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida for six years, and in 2019 became the district’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (“ACE”) Coordinator. She handles national and local civil investigations under the Controlled Substances Act, health care fraud investigations under the False Claims Act, and defensive matters under Title VII and the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Reuben Guttman is a founding member of Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC, where his practice focuses on representing whistleblowers in complex litigation matters. He has tried and/or litigated claims involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, environmental derelictions, antitrust, business interference and other common law torts or statutory violations. The International Business Times has called Mr. Guttman “one of the world’s most prominent whistleblower attorneys,” and his work on behalf of whistleblowers has resulted in the recovery of the government’s recovery of billions of dollars in False Claims Act cases.
Whitney Untiedt (moderator) is a seasoned trial attorney at Freidin Brown, where she represents whistleblowers in healthcare, education, and government contract False Claims Act matters, and advocates for victims in complex civil litigation cases including product liability, medical malpractice, and severe injury claims. Selected as the 2016 Attorney of the Year by the Daily Business Review, Ms. Untiedt is widely recognized in Florida and across the country for her legal acumen; she sits on the Board of Trustees for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and serves on the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar.