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Peter Hutt represents clients in False Claims Act and fraud litigation. He has testified before Congress concerning proposed amendments to the False Claims Act. He has litigated more than 20 qui tam matters brought under the False Claims Act, including matters alleging Iraqi procurement fraud, cost misallocation, quality assurance deficiencies, substandard products, defective pricing, health care fraud, and false certifications. He has conducted numerous internal investigations and frequently advises clients on whether to make disclosures of potential wrongdoing. Chambers notes, Mr. Hutt is "a very good lawyer with a breadth of expertise."

Mr. Hutt also represents clients in the full range of contract and grant matters, including contract formation, contract disputes and claims, terminations, cost allowability and allocability issues, contract financing issues, price reduction issues, subcontracting, compliance issues, and small business issues. He has litigated significant contract matters in the Court of Federal Claims and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

  • Represented international construction company in False Claims Act investigation concerning quality assurance, supply chain management, defective pricing, and mischarging allegations.
  • Convinced Department of Justice to decline intervention in qui tam action alleging false statements concerning eligibility for small business credits.
  • Represented major services provider in False Claims Act matter concerning alleged labor category violations.
  • Obtained dismissal of qui tam action alleging fraud in connection with Iraqi procurement contracts, United States ex rel. Mayberry et al. v. Custer Battles LLC et al., No. 1:06-cv-364 (E.D. Va. 2008).
  • Counseled multiple contractors concerning whether actions fell within scope of the Mandatory Disclosure Rule.
  • Tried a $80 million claim concerning surplus pension assets under CAS 413, Appeal of ICI Americas, Inc., ASBCA No. 54877 et al. (2007).
  • Won summary judgment on False Claims Act case alleging TINA violations, United States ex rel. Sanders v. Allison Engine Company, 364 F. Supp. 2d 699 (S.D. Ohio 2003).
  • Tried a $100 million breach claim in Court of Federal Claims, Hughes Communications Galaxy, Inc. v. United States, 47 Fed. Cl. 236 (2000).
  • Advised a non-profit entity on negotiating novel cooperative agreement with NASA and on intellectual property matters.
  • Successfully converted several default terminations into convenience terminations.
  • Litigated a significant claim concerning accounting treatment of refunds of state taxes.
  • Represented a contractor proposed for debarment based on qui tam action, and obtained removal from excluded parties list within two weeks.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Procurement Fraud Committee of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Vice Chair and former Chair
  • Sidwell Friends School, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Boy Scout Troop 8 in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Trustee
  • Chambers USA, Government Contracts (2019-2020) 
  • Recognized by the Washingtonian as a "Top Lawyer" in the Whistleblower - Defense category (2015).