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Charles Baek

Charles Baek

Charles Baek is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where he practices in the Government Contracts Group. He also is a member of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Group.

Charles represents government contractors in both litigation and counseling matters. His practice focuses on False Claims Act (FCA) investigations, contract claims/disputes under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), federal regulatory and ethics compliance and due diligence, and bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO). His practice also includes state contracting due diligence and litigation before the Court of Federal Claims.

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DoD Prohibits FY17 Funds For Contractors with Restrictive Confidentiality Agreements

Posted in Department of Defense
On November 14, 2016, the Department of Defense issued a class deviation prohibiting DoD agencies from awarding FY 2017 funds to companies that require employ­ees or subcontractors to sign internal confiden­tiality agreements or statements that restrict them from lawfully reporting waste, fraud, or abuse. As described here, the deviation comes at a time of increased… Continue Reading

Court Dismisses Counterclaim Against FCA Whistleblower for Disclosing Confidential Information

Posted in False Claims Act (FCA)
On May 9, in United States ex rel. Cieszynski v. LifeWatch Servs., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed the defendant health care company’s counterclaim against a former employee, ruling that Matthew Cieszynski’s disclosure of protected patient information fell within the public policy protections for whistleblowers.  In the underlying False Claims… Continue Reading