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On June 30, 2016, the Department of Justice announced that it will double the per-violation civil penalties assessed under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729. DOJ’s interim final rule will raise the minimum per-violation penalty from $5,500 to $10,781 and the maximum penalty from $11,000 to $21,563. 81 Fed. Reg. 42491 (June 30, 2016). The change becomes effective on August 1, 2016 and will apply only to claims filed after November 2, 2015.

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