The False Claims Act (FCA) and International Trade

Martin Behr

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In this webinar attendees will learn about False Claims Act in details - how you and your company may suffer if you or your company has or is violating federal (and state and local) law & how you can use your knowledge to make a lot money and help U.S. governments right wrongs.

Why Should You Attend:

Whistle-blowers can get handsomely rewarded for telling the U.S. Government about wrongdoing. The whistleblowers (also known as relators) engage in private action. Most whistle-blowers tend to be employees reporting on the compliance practices of their employers. However, given the nature of imports and exports, competitors are also uniquely situated to engage in whistle-blowing against their rivals.

The power of applying the FCA to customs and other violations does not end with its stringent penalty regime. When a statute so authorizes, a private citizen (like a competitor, embittered employee or, say, angry girlfriend) may bring a "qui tam" lawsuit against a company or person believed to have violated the law.

Learning Objectives:

There is a new reality concerning trade violations. The U.S. government is likely to bring criminal charges whenever possible in conjunction with the use of civil law statutes. This is designed to increase the risk and severity of penalties for trade violators. You will learn about the False Claims Act – and how you and your company may suffer if you or your company has or is violating federal (and state and local) law. For would-be whistleblowers, learn how you can use your knowledge to make a lot money and help U.S. governments right wrongs.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Customs Fraud
  • Common Customs Violations
  • Civil and Criminal Laws Enforcing Customs Violations
  • Favorite Criminal Statutes Commonly Used in Enforcement of Customs Violations
  • How FCA Claims Begin
  • What is a "Qui Tam" Action?
  • Why Qui Tam Actions?
  • Implications of Criminalization
  • The Result of FCA Lawsuits
  • Potential FCA Defenses
  • Recent False Claims Act Cases
  • Preventing Problems

Who Will Benefit:

Importers, exporters, prosecutors, customs officers, customs brokers, insurance companies, surety companies, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare companies, defense contractors, financial companies, banks, transportation providers (rail, air, ocean, trucking), legal, paralegals, manufacturers, investigators, accountants, CPAs, financial advisors, international trade consultants, federal and state and local government contractors, warehouse operators, sales departments embittered employees.

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Speaker: Martin Behr , Partner, Law Office of Martin K Behr

Presently, Martin is an instructor with City University of New York's Baruch College Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS), where he teaches import, export, and other international trade courses. In 2013, Martin received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award from Baruch CAPS. Martin has also taught international trade courses at Fashion Institute of Technology and Pace University in New York City. Martin is also of counsel to GRVR Attorneys (, which specializes in customs and international trade matters.

Martin is a former U.S. Customs officer (senior inspector and import specialist), who was stationed at land (Champlain-Rouses Point, NY), air (JFK International Airport and Newark Liberty) and sea (Newark) ports of entry. While with U.S. Customs at the Port of New York/Newark, he was also a member of the agency's export control branch.

Martin is also a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Defense, assistant prosecutor with the Office of Hudson County (NJ) Prosecutor, and an executive with a global FMC-licensed Ocean Transportation Intermediary. Martin was also a trade consultant with Unz & Co.

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