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How a Civil War-era law could cost government contractors millions

July 13, 2014, The Washington Post

Covington partner Susan Cassidy is quoted regarding a recent court decision by the Fourth Circuit that is set to change how much contractors who mislead the government face in potential penalties. 

"That potential windfall acts as a strong incentive for people to file suits on behalf of the government, said Susan Cassidy, a partner at law firm Covington & Burling, which is petitioning the Supreme Court to review the Fourth Circuit’s decision. The petition is also backed by the National Defense Industrial Association."

“Even if a company had a good defense, [the court’s decision] makes the potential damages so vast that you will settle,” Cassidy said. 

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