CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Assembly Bill 1196

The Civil Justice Association of California opposes Assembly Bill 1196 (Blumenfield), a bill that would expand California's False Claims Act in a way that could unfairly expand goverment's lawsuit power against private citizens and businesses.

The False Claims Act allows individuals and prosecutors to sue companies or contractors who overcharge or defraud the government. It is already quite strict.

There are two primary provisions of concern in this bill. The first is that the bill expands the definition of "claim" for a False Claims Act to include "any record or statement used to conceal, avoid, or decrease an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the state or any political subdivision."

The other main problem with the bill is that it un-does the statute of limitations for any government claim. This provision effectively nullifies any statute of limitations for government prosecutions of companies which contract with the government.

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