Scollick Decision Provides Surety Industry with Important Insights for Avoiding FCA Liability
The recent decision granting summary judgments in favor of a group of surety defendants in the closely watched federal case of Scollick v. Narula finally provides important judicial insights into the surety industry’s obligations under the False Claims Act. Attorneys Matthew Baker and William Groscup of Watt Tieder will provide timely comments and guidance on the implications for bond producers and surety underwriters.
Matt Baker is a partner in Watt Tieder’s McLean, Virginia office concentrating his practice in the areas of construction, government contracts, surety, and commercial litigation. Matt has assisted clients with disputes arising from a wide range of vertical and horizontal construction projects including transit and light rail, highway and utility projects, marine construction, airports, buildings, embassies, and schools. Matt has further represented clients in connection with a variety of matters including payment disputes, changes clause claims, design defects, delay claims, False Claims Act (“FCA”) litigation, and indemnity claims. Matt is also a frequent speaker, panelist, and author on topics involving the intersection of the law and the construction and surety industries.
Bill Groscup counsels and advises owners, general contractors, subcontractors and sureties with respect to contract administration, claim preparation, dispute resolution and litigation both domestically and abroad. His experience includes contract drafting and negotiations, claim advice, strategies for contract administration, dispute resolution and litigation on a wide spectrum of commercial construction projects, including power plants, mass transit systems, tunnel projects, overseas military bases, railway bridges, and luxury hotels.
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