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PPP Loans May Trigger a Qui Tam Wave

May 28, 2020 Media Mentions

On May 28, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly published an article, "PPP Loans Expected to Trigger Qui Tam Wave." In response to the 2020 financial crisis due to COVID-19, the Paycheck Protection Program was launched. Litigation attorneys express it may be too soon to know the extent of the litigation wave to come. Verrill litigation attorney Phil Bixby was quoted in the article, suggesting that a COVID-19 vaccine and the recovery of the economy may play a role in False Claims Act activity.

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