The Charity & Security Network will host a special online briefing for nonprofit organizations (NPOs) on use of the False Claims Act, a law meant to protect whistleblowers, to sue NPOs working in Palestine and other complex environments. Legal expert Brian Waagner of the Husch Blackwell law firm in DC will describe the law, the current cases and ways NPOs can defend themselves.
This spring, the Charity & Security Network learned of several lawsuits filed in U.S. courts against NPOs that receive USAID funding. The New York-based Zionist Advocacy Center (TZAC) alleged that three groups provided "material support" to groups on the U.S. terrorist list, in violation of the anti-terrorist certification in grant agreements. Two cases were settled without trial. The third, against the Carter Center, was dismissed at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice.
TZAC says it has two additional cases against international NGOs pending under seal.
The webinar will address the following questions:
- What is the False Claims Act? How does it work?
- How is it being used against nonprofit organizations?
- What arguments can be used to defend against False Claims Act suits?
- What are red flags that a case may be pending?
- What can organizations do to protect themselves?
Plus your questions and comments!