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Fourth Circuit Addresses Expanded Definition of “Original Source”


Posted on February 17, 2016 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

In 2010, the False Claims Act (“FCA”) was extensively amended to limit the public disclosure bar and to expand the ability of whistleblowers to qualify as “original sources” in qui tam litigation. This month, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals took an in-depth look at both provisions, in the case US ex rel. Moore & Co.... READ MORE

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New 7th Circuit FCA Case Is a Primer in Whistleblower Cases


Posted on June 18, 2015 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals just issued its decision in US ex rel. Nelson v. Sanford-Brown, Ltd.. This decision is sure to find its way into briefs and arguments for years to come in False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases. It touched upon many of the different ways a qui tam relator can fail to bring an... READ MORE

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FCA Cases Just Got Harder to Settle


Posted on May 28, 2015 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

On May 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Kellog Brown & Root Service, Inv. et al. v. United States ex rel. Carter, 575 U.S. ____ (2015), Case No. 12-1497. Most of the commentary on the case centers around the Court’s decision on the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act, but... READ MORE

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Another Circuit Rules on the Public Disclosure Bar


Posted on February 25, 2015 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals joined several other Circuit Courts in finding that an administrative review, and even a repayment to the appropriate government oversight entity, did not qualify as a “public disclosure” under the False Claims Act’s public disclosure bar. READ MORE

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The Fifth Circuit Draws a Public-Disclosure Roadmap


Posted on February 24, 2015 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

A clearly irate Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment granted on behalf of Shell Exploration and Development Company, for the second time, and remanded with an order that the case be assigned to a new judge. In United States ex rel. Little v. Shell Exploration the Fifth Circuit, for the second time, reversed the trial... READ MORE

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Self-Disclosure, the Public Disclosure Bar and the FCA – Uncertainty, Circuit by Circuit


Posted on February 11, 2015 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

Written by David B. Honig and Ritu Kaur Cooper. On February 3, 2015, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that disclosures to the public officials responsible for managing the subject of a False Claims Act lawsuit did not qualify as “public disclosures” for the purpose of the FCA’s public disclosure bar. US ex rel. Wilson v.... READ MORE

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False Claims Act Update – Public Disclosure and Original Source


Posted on October 29, 2014 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

Several FCA opinions have been issued since the last FCA Update. The most interesting is a District of Nevada case, US ex rel Guardiola v Renown Health. Renown Health was the parent company for two other corporate defendants that provided acute health care services. The relator was Renown’s Director of Clinical Compliance. She alleged Renown improperly billed... READ MORE

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Seventh Circuit: E-Rate Suit Survives Public Disclosure Bar


Posted on July 29, 2014 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: Drew B. Howk

The Seventh Circuit reversed a district court’s decision finding that it lacked jurisdiction over a whistleblower’s claim under the False Claim Act’s public disclosure bar. In U.S. ex rel. Heath v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., the Court held that even though the Complaint relied in part upon publicly available information, the Relator’s allegations rested upon... READ MORE

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Home Health Agency Patient Surveys Now Available for Consumers


Posted on April 24, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

Consumers can now compare results from home health agencies (HHA) patient surveys on the Quality Care Finder website.  These results are designed to create incentives for HHAs to improve quality of care, as well as to give patients additional information as to the type of care they will receive from a particular agency.  The Centers... READ MORE

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