May 07, 2013

On May 7, 2013, statements, testimony, and letters from legal experts were submitted at a joint hearing of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees rejecting Republican allegations that Tom Perez, head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, inappropriately entered into a quid pro quo agreement with the City of St. Paul in which the Department declined to intervene in two False Claims Act cases in exchange for St. Paul withdrawing a separate case before the Supreme Court.

Cohen Milstein Partners Gary L. Azorsky and Jeanne A. Markey, co-chairs of the Whistleblower/False Claims Act practice group, at the request of Committee Staff, submitted a letter to the Committees entered into the record at the hearing disputing Republican claims that the Department of Justice gave up the opportunity to recover as much as $200 million:  “In fact, in declining to intervene in these actions, it ‘gave up’ no rights or opportunities at all.’”