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Supreme Court Considers Circuit Split On The “Implied Certification” Theory Under the False Claims Act

On April 19, 2016, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument on the viability and breadth of the “implied certification” theory of the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The implied certification theory supports FCA...more

Special Alert: Second Circuit Reverses SDNY Judgment; Rules Fraud Claim Based on Contractual Promise Cannot Support FIRREA...

On May 23, in an opinion delivered by Circuit Judge Richard Wesley, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the District Court for the Southern District of New York’s (SDNY) July 30, 2014 judgment ordering a bank and its...more

Cook County Circuit Court Dismisses 201 False Claims Act Lawsuits

At a hearing yesterday, Cook County Circuit Judge James Snyder granted the State of Illinois’ (State) Motion to Dismiss 201 Illinois False Claims Act (FCA) cases filed by the law firm of Stephen B. Diamond, PC (Relator)...more

Recent Decision Underscores the Importance of Keeping Detailed and Accurate Daily Logs

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals’ (ASBCA) recent decision in Dick Pacific Constr. Co., Ltd, serves as an important reminder to federal construction contractors that keeping consistent and detailed daily logs is...more

Federal District Court in Florida Considers Damages (Including Delay Costs and Attorneys Fees) and Defenses Available Under the...

United States ex rel Jack Daniels Construction, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 172189 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 28, 2015) - This action arises from the construction of the Joint Intelligence...more

Qui Tam Defendant’s Confidentiality-Breach Counterclaim Fails

What if a whistleblower discloses the protected health information (PHI) of privately insured patients in making the claim that his employer submitted false Medicare claims? And what if that violates a confidentiality...more

District Court Holds that Interest in Protecting Whistleblowers under the False Claims Act Can Outweigh Companies’ Confidentiality...

A magistrate judge in the Northern District of Illinois recently dismissed a company’s breach-of-contract counterclaim against a whistleblower for violating the company’s privacy policy and confidentiality agreement....more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2016

Employee Who Needed To Assist Disabled Son Could Proceed With "Associational Disability Discrimination" Claim - Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., 246 Cal. App. 4th 180 (2016) - Luis...more

Escobar Oral Arguments: Justices Imply Outcome – False Claims Act Implied Certification May Survive

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held oral arguments in the case of Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7, which is set to decide the viability of implied certification under the FCA. As discussed...more

Biblical Name No Shield Against Fraud Charge

On May 2 a New Orleans federal jury found that Psalms 23 DME, LLC—its Biblical name notwithstanding–was part of a fraud scheme that illegally billed Medicare $3.2 million. In 2013 the government indicted Psalms 23 owner...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - May 2016

Spotlight on the False Claims Act - Why it matters: This month we discuss two interesting court cases involving the False Claims Act (FCA). On April 19, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Universal Health...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Implied Certification Theory of the False Claims Act

We recently wrote about an important case, Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, up for consideration by the Supreme Court which could have a large impact on government contractor liability under the...more

District Court Rules Pending False Claims Act Case Should Not Be Stayed Due to Bankruptcy Proceedings

On April 26, 2015, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida declined to stay a pending False Claims Act (FCA) case due to the defendants’ filing of bankruptcy....more

False Claims Act “Implied Certification” Update: Supreme Court Oral Argument Forecasts Continued Vitality of Controversial...

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on April 19, 2016, in United Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7, a case expected to resolve the current split among federal appellate courts on the so-called...more

Second Circuit Rejects Broad Certification as Basis for False Claims Act Liability in Financial Industry

Today, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims against Wells Fargo, finding a general certification of compliance with “any laws or regulations” too broad to support an FCA action and...more

Statistical Sampling in FCA Case Under Review by 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

The issue of using statistical sampling in federal False Claims Act (FCA) cases has come to the fore in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, following a U.S. District Court decision denying its use in a case brought in South...more

Attorneys Pay Heavy Price for Block-Billing

Lawyers are aware of the increasing sensitivity—and hostility—of clients to block-billing: lumping more than one activity into a single time entry. A new Fifth Circuit decision shows that courts can be equally sensitive—and...more

Failure to Disclose Best Pricing: Pharmaceutical Companies Settle FCA Claims for $784 Million

The Department of Justice announced late last month that pharmaceutical manufacturers Wyeth and Pfizer would pay $784 million to resolve a False Claims Act investigation and qui tam lawsuit arising from Wyeth’s failure to...more

Tenth Circuit Elaborates Upon FCA’s Materiality Requirement

The FCA’s implied certification theory is based on the concept that every time a payee submits a claim to the government it has impliedly certified compliance with all contractual, statutory, and regulatory obligations, and...more

Justices Grapple with Limits of False Claims Act Liability in Implied Certification Cases

Last week the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case in which the Court is considering the validity of the so-called implied false certification theory. This theory attaches FCA liability when a...more

Implied Certification Liability under the FCA Could Expose Companies to Unforeseen Liability

The Supreme Court on April 19, 2016, heard oral arguments in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, a case which will impact all government contractors—especially defense companies—as well as any health...more

Implied Fraud Under the False Claims Act Hangs in the Balance

On April 19, 2016, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a hotly anticipated False Claims Act (FCA) case: Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar. The Court will decide whether the...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Significant False Claims Act Case

Our colleagues Jackie Baratian and Jason Popp summarize...the oral argument for Universal Health Services v. United Sates ex rel. Escobar heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 19th, laying out the various...more

Government Contractors Not Protected by New Jersey Tort Claims Act’s Pre-Suit Notice Provisions

On April 14, 2016, the New Jersey Appellate Division, in a precedential decision, determined that injured parties are not obligated to serve pre-suit tort claims notices under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act (“TCA”) on private...more

Automated People Mover at LAX – Submittal Instructions Issued for Operating System Suppliers

On April 18, 2016, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) reached an initial milestone in its Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) by issuing instructions for how automated people mover operating system suppliers can...more

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