The 15th Annual Sedona Conference® on Complex Litigation: Strategic and Tactical Decision-Making in Parallel Fraud Proceedings

Overview

When:
May 2, 2013 - May 3, 2013
Where:
L'Auberge Del Mar, Del Mar, CA
Hotel:
L'Auberge Del Mar
Start:
Thursday, May 2, 7:30AM - Sign in and continental breakfast
End:
Friday, May 3, 1:00PM - Grab-and-go lunch


This conference will focus on strategic and tactical decision-making in parallel fraud proceedings, which have reached unprecedented levels today and are only likely to become more commonplace during a second Obama Administration. These simultaneous or successive criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings arising out of a common set of facts and commenced by multiple government agencies and private litigants present a host of new and complex decisions for even the most seasoned litigators.

In the health care area alone, the government’s beefed up fraud and enforcement efforts resulted in record-breaking recoveries totaling nearly $4.1 billion in 2011 (qui tam actions are also at a record high). With the increasing focus on holding both companies and individuals accountable for fraud following the financial meltdown, especially when government funds are at stake at a time when all eyes are on deficit reduction, the topics we will be addressing are both timely and essential for anyone practicing in this area. New investigative tools and increased funding for government enforcement efforts following the passing of the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA), the Affordable Care Act, and related task forces and initiatives (along with the recent Supreme Court decision addressing a putative class action alleging securities fraud in Connecticut Retirement Plans), all lead to one conclusion - now is the time to learn from the “best of class” thought leaders from a variety of perspectives about how to best handle parallel fraud proceedings – no matter which side of the V you are on.

Stellar Faculty

Co-chairs, John C. Richter, King & Spalding, and Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, have brought together an outstanding faculty that reads like a Who’s Who of practitioners, judges, in-house counsel, and enforcement officials in this area [See Faculty below]. They will engage participants in our unique, Sedona-style dialogue with panel discussions on such important topics as:

Key Topics for Dialogue

  • Government fraud enforcement initiatives, priorities, and actions
  • Understanding the new investigative techniques
  • Use of the False Claims Act by the government to recover money lost to fraud where the government is the victim
  • The rise of civil qui tam lawsuits and the impact of those filings
  • International parallel proceedings
  • Practical strategies to mitigate enforcement, sanctions, and sentences
  • Ethical considerations in parallel proceedings
  • Advising corporations, officers, directors, and employees in the context of parallel criminal, civil, and administrative actions

We have a Group Rate at the conference hotel. Hotel reservation information will be provided to invitees upon registration. Government employees receive a $250 discount. Please contact our office at info@sedonaconference.org for a discount code if you qualify. Our financial aid policy is available upon request.

We are applying for advanced accreditation for 660 minutes of MCLE instruction, including 60 minutes of ethics instruction, to those states requested by our registrants.

Agenda

May 2, 2013
Time Session Panelists
7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:30 am - 8:45 am Welcome and Overview
8:45 am - 10:15 am Government Fraud Enforcement Initiatives, Priorities & Actions
10:15 am - 10:30 am Morning Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Understanding the New Investigative Techniques
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Use of the False Claims Act by the Government to Recover Money Lost to Fraud Where the Government is the Victim
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm The Rise of Civil Qui Tam Lawsuits & the Impact of Those Filings
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Afternoon Break
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm International Parallel Proceedings
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Reception with the Faculty (guests invited)
May 3, 2013
Time Session Panelists
7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast & Sign-In
8:30 am - 10:00 am Practical Strategies to Mitigate Enforcement, Sanctions & Sentences
10:00 am - 11:00 am Ethical Considerations in Parallel Proceedings
11:00 am - 11:15 am Morning Break
11:15 am - 1:00 pm Advising Officers, Directors & Employees in Parallel Criminal, Civil & Administrative Actions
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Grab & Go Lunch (Provided)
Chair(s): 
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, VA
King & Spalding, Atlanta, GA
Panelists: 
General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Washington, DC
Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL and Washington, DC
Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., Washington, DC
United States District Court, Southern District of California, San Diego, CA
formerly of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC
Qualcomm Incorporated, San Diego, CA
WilmerHale, Washington, DC
United States District Court, Southern District of New York, New York, NY
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York, NY
Milberg LLP, New York, NY
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Washington, DC

Refund Policy

Prior to March 19, 2013

  • Full Refund, less a $75 administration fee.

March 20, 2013 - April 25, 2013

  • Credit for another Regular Season Conference (Credit expires after 3 years). No Refunds

April 26, 2013 - May 2, 2013

  • No Credits. No Refunds