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Justice Department Intervenes in Whistleblower Suit Against Symantec

Jaclyn Jaeger | July 29, 2014

The Department of Justice recently intervened in a lawsuit against Symantec over allegations that the software company submitted false claims to the government on a General Services Administration software contract.

The case, United States ex rel. Morsell v. Symantec, was filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allow private parties to sue on behalf of the government for the submission of false claims for government funds and to receive a share of any recovery. The FCA also permits the government to intervene in such lawsuits, as it has done in this case.

“This lawsuit demonstrates the government’s commitment to ensuring that the companies it does business with act with integrity,” Stuart Delery, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, said in a prepared statement.

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