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July/August 2006      MCLE Test and Answer Sheet

Test Number 150: Whistle Stop

 
 

Instructions for Obtaining MCLE Credit

The Los Angeles County Bar Association certifies that this activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1 hour. To apply for credit, please follow the instructions.

1. Study the CLE article.

2. Answer the test questions by marking the appropriate boxes. Each question has only one answer.

3. Photocopies of this answer sheet may be submitted; however, this form should not be enlarged or reduced. Mail the answer sheet and the $15 testing fee ($20 for non-LACBA members) to:

Los Angeles Lawyer
MCLE Test
P.O. Box 55020
Los Angeles, CA 90055 

Make checks payable to Los Angeles Lawyer.

4. You can also fill in the test form and submit it directly to LACBA by clicking "Submit." To submit your test answers online you will need to pay by credit card. After submitting your answers you will be presented with a screen requesting payment information. This information will be submitted in a secure mode which will allow you to safely transmit your credit card number over the Internet. If you prefer not to pay by credit card, please print this answer sheet and submit your responses by regular mail.

5. Within six weeks, Los Angeles Lawyer will return your test with the correct answers, a rationale for the correct answers, and a certificate verifying the CLE credit you earned through this self-assessment activity.

6. For future reference, please retain the CLE test materials returned to you.

 
  Test Sheet
 
 

Mark your answers to the test by clicking next to your choice.  All questions must be answered.  Each question has only one answer. This test is worth 1 hour of ethics credit.*

1. Either the federal government or a private party can start an action under the federal False Claims Act.
 True.
  False.

2. The 1986 amendments to the FCA made it harder to bring whistle-blower lawsuits.
 True.
  False.

3. Since 1986, the Department of Justice has recovered less than $3 billion from actions filed under the FCA.
 True.
  False.

4. The FCA has proved to be an ineffective tool in combating fraud committed against the government.
 True.
  False.

5. Congress passed the FCA:
 A. After World War II.
 B. During the War of 1812.
 C. After World War I.
 D. During the Civil War.

6. The FCA imposes liability for false claims and for false statements made in support of false claims.
 True.
 False.

7. It is too early to assess the full impact of the United States ex rel. Totten v. Bombardier Corporation decision.
 True.
 False.

8. In the Totten case, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals held that the defendants could be held liable for false claims submitted to Amtrak.
 True.
 False.

9. All courts that have interpreted Totten have found that its reach is expansive.
 True.
 False.

10. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was questioned about the Totten decision at his Senate confirmation hearing.
 True.
 False.

11. Effective presentment occurs when a claim for reimbursement is submitted to a federal grantee.
 True.
 False.


12. Chief Justice Roberts has described the Totten case as:
 A. A "difficult" one.
 B. A "no brainer."
 C. A "waste of time."
 D. None of the above.

13. To date, the Totten majority opinion has been strictly adopted by all federal courts.
 True.
 False.

14. The Department of Justice submitted an amicus brief in Totten.
 True.
 False.

15. Judge Merrick B. Garland based his dissent in Totten partly on the plain language of the FCA.
 True.
 False.

16. In United States ex rel. Maxfield v. Wasatch Construction, Judge Paul Cassell wholeheartedly adopted Totten.
 True.
 False.

17. Cases similar to Totten are currently under review before courts of appeals in the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits.
 True.
 False.

18. Several cases similar to Totten and filed subsequent to it were brought against healthcare providers.
 True.
 False.

19. In United States ex rel. Sialic Contractors Corporation v. Sequel Contractors, Inc., Judge Gary Klausner held that Totten did not preclude an action under the FCA against the subcontractors who paved John Wayne Airport.
 True.
 False.

20. United States ex rel. DRC, Inc. v. Custer Battles, LLC involved alleged false claims submitted to the Coalition Provisional Authority, the agency established to rebuild Iraq.
 True.
 False.

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If you do not wish to complete this transaction over the Internet you should print this page and send it to the address listed in Step 3 of the instructions at the top of this page.
 
Before clicking the Submit button, please verify that all questions have been answered. An error message will appear if not all questions are answered.

* The Los Angeles County Bar Association has been approved as a continuing legal education provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. This self-assessment activity will qualify for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour.


 
   
 

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