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Whistleblower’s Dismissal with Prejudice Not the End of the Road for Qui Tam Action

[10/30/18]

Posted on October 30, 2018 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The Fifth Circuit ruled that a whistleblower’s voluntary dismissal with prejudice cannot affect the Government’s ability to pursue related litigation. When the Government has not yet intervened, and thus is not a yet a party, a case cannot be dismissed with prejudice as to the Government by a whistleblower. Background In Vaughn, ex rel.... READ MORE

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Not So Fast! District Court Holds Qui Tam Relators Cannot Reach into the Government’s Pockets in Criminal Forfeiture Proceedings

[10/19/18]

Posted on October 19, 2018 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The Eleventh Circuit recently held that a qui tam relator cannot intervene in criminal forfeiture proceedings when the Government chooses to criminally prosecute fraud rather than intervene in a qui tam action. In United States v. Couch,[1] a former employee (“Relator”) of a pain management clinic in Alabama tried to recover amounts she believed... READ MORE

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A Timely Split – Eleventh Circuit Strays from Common Application of the False Claims Act’s Statute of Limitations

[04/17/18]

Posted on April 17, 2018 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

On April 11, 2018, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals split from the Fourth and Tenth Circuits when it issued an order effectively granting relators in qui tam actions an additional three years to file. The court ruled that § 3731(b)(2)’s three-year limitation, which has traditionally only been applied when the United States is... READ MORE

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Government Traps, Zaps and Zingers

[01/15/18]

Posted on January 15, 2018 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

In an opinion loaded with linguistic hooks, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently reinforced the Supreme Court’s holding in Escobar, enthusiastically highlighting the importance of materiality and scienter in FCA cases. Background In U.S. ex rel. Ruckh v. Salus Rehabilitation, LLC, et al., Relators were successful in a... READ MORE

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Fifth Circuit Addresses Pre-Suit Disclosure and Causation Requirements for FCA Theories of Liability

[10/17/17]

Posted on October 17, 2017 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The Fifth Circuit recently addressed pre-suit disclosure and causation requirements for FCA theories of liability in United States ex rel. King v. Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., 871 F.3d 318 (5th Cir. 2017). Two former employees (“Relators”) of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. filed a qui tam suit claiming that Solvay induced false Medicaid claims through a variety... READ MORE

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Fourth Circuit Says Attorney General Holds “Unreviewable Veto Power” Over Qui Tam Settlements and Sends Statistical Sampling Issue Back to the Trial Court

[02/17/17]

Posted on February 17, 2017 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The Attorney General of the United States has an unreviewable veto power over qui tam settlements, according to the Fourth Circuit’s recent published decision in United States ex rel. Michaels v. Agape Senior Community.[1] In the same decision, the court declined to decide an issue raised by the relators over the trial court’s refusal... READ MORE

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FCA Cases Just Got Harder to Settle

[05/28/15]

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

[02/11/15]

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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Qui Tam Complaints to Be Reviewed by Criminal Division

[10/01/14]

Posted on October 1, 2014 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, announced recently that all new qui tam complaints would be “shared by the Civil Division with the Criminal Division as soon as the cases are filed.” Fraud prosecutors will now review all qui tam complaints to determine whether to open a parallel criminal investigation. READ MORE

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Fifth Circuit: Telecom Corporations Not Subject to FCA Claims on E-Rate Allegations

[07/08/14]

Posted on July 8, 2014 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: Drew B. Howk

The Fifth Circuit rejected the government’s attempt to expand the FCA’s reach to include non-government funds overseen by a non-governmental entity simply because the government had the ability to exert a modicum of control over the entity. READ MORE

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