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Seventh Circuit Rejects FCA Implied False Certification Theory

On June 8, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected the doctrine of implied false certification in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit, U.S. ex rel. Nelson v. Sanford-Brown Ltd. No. 14-2506, 2015 WL...more

U.S. Judge Limits False Claims Act Claims Involving Vague Medicare Regulations

A Missouri federal judge has issued a summary judgment order that could serve as an important limitation on the U.S. Department of Justice’s expanding use of the False Claims Act and penalties aimed at recovering funds from...more

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Finds Public Owner Waived Written Change Order Requirement By Conduct

Coast Paving & Sealcoating, Inc. v. N. Allegheny Sch. Dist., 111 A.3d 220 (Pa. Commw. Mar. 6, 2015). - North Allegheny School District (“Owner”) hired East Coast Paving & Sealcoating, Inc. (“Contractor”) to pave...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Interprets Stricter Requirements for Payment Bond Claimants

Arizona has long protected the rights of subcontractors and material suppliers to seek recovery from the payment bond surety on public bonded projects. Arizona’s Little Miller Act, A.R.S. § 34-223, provides that claimants...more

Provider Alleges Retaliatory Use of Medicare Payment Suspension

A federal court has ordered discovery regarding the circumstances of a Medicare payment suspension by CMS only one week after failed settlement negotiations between a cardiology practice and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to...more

When the Federal Govt acts badly, but not badly enough to show bad faith – what’s a contractor to do?

In the prior issue of this newsletter, we included an article on the high standard of proof and the practical considerations for a federal government contractor claiming that the federal government acted in bad faith in its...more

Under Construction - June 2015

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the summer edition of our Under Construction newsletter. In this issue, we highlight several hot topic items affecting the construction industry such as what happens when the...more

West Virginia Employment Update: The Mountain State is Becoming Much More Attractive to Employers

For the past several decades, West Virginia has not fared particularly well when employers were faced with tough decisions regarding whether to close or open new facilities in the state.  One of the factors that undoubtedly...more

Does the False Claims Act Preempt An Attorney Relator’s Ethical Obligations?

In United States ex rel. Holmes v. Northrop Grumman Corp., No. 1:13-cv-85, 2015 WL 3504525 (S.D. Miss. June 3, 2015), the court answered this question with a resounding “no” and provided a laundry list of ethical violations...more

Supreme Court Decides Qui Tam First-to-File Issues

Whether you are on the defense side or the relator side of the qui tam world, you can count the Supreme Court’s opinion in Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex. Rel. Carter as a win and a loss. Since...more

Supreme Court Says Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act Does Not Toll the False Claims Act's Statute of Limitations

In a unanimous Supreme Court decision issued May 26, 2015, Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter (KBR), Case No. 12-1497, the United States Supreme Court addressed two significant False Claims...more

Supreme Court Looks to Socrates' Trial to Rule in Favor of Whistleblowers

On May 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision favoring whistleblowers in False Claims Act cases, basing its decision in part on the status of the trial of Socrates. ...more

Second-Lowest Bidder for Public Contracts May Sue Lowest Bidder Who Paid Less Than Prevailing Wages

Public agencies have little, if any, discretion when awarding public contracts because they are required to award the contract to the lowest bidder, subject to certain minimum qualifications. These limitations are designed...more

When Govt. Failure to Issue Final Decision on Certified Claim Is a Deemed Denial

A recent decision from the United States Court of Federal Claims (COFC) sets forth the standard for when the government’s failure to make a decision on a certified claim will be considered a deemed denial. In Rudolph and...more

KBR v. Carter–Supreme Court Holds that the First-to-File Bar Only Applies to Pending Cases

On Wednesday the Supreme Court, in Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter, No. 12-1497 (2015), held that the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (“WSLA”) only tolls the statute of limitations...more

Supreme Court Update: Wellness International Network, Ltd. V. Shariff (13-935); Commil USA, LLC V. Cisco Systems, Inc. (13-896)...

This past week the Court released important decisions in the areas of bankruptcy law (Wellness International Network, Ltd v. Shariff (13-935), patent law (Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (13-896), and the False Claims...more

Supreme Court: Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act does not apply to civil claims; ruling may also mean more criminal...

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Carter. This case concerned the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA), a statute that suspends the statute...more

Supreme Court of New Jersey Determines When Statute of Repose Begins to Run for a Mechanical System Serving a Project Completed in...

State v. Perini Corp., 2015 N.J. LEXIS 388 (N.J. April 30, 2015) - The Supreme Court of New Jersey held that for an improvement supplying critical utilities to multiple buildings constructed as part of a multi-phase...more

Supreme Court Reins In Qui Tam FCA Limitations But Allows Revival of Cases Initially Barred Under First-To-File Rule, Kellogg...

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected efforts of False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam relators to use the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA) to extend the statute of limitations for their actions. In...more

"Supreme Court Decision in FCA Case Both a Win, Setback for Health Care Providers"

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare unanimous decision in a False Claims Act (FCA) case that cuts both ways for the health care industry. In an opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the Court held in...more

Supreme Court Decision Has Good News and Bad News for Those Facing False Claims Act Litigation

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued an opinion in a federal False Claims Act (FCA) case that resolves two important procedural points litigants face: the tolling of the six-year statute of...more

Supreme Court Strengthens False Claims Act’s Statute of Limitations, Narrows First-to-File Bar

The U.S. Supreme Court recently resolved two important questions under the False Claims Act (FCA), holding that (1) the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA), 18 U.S.C. § 3287, applies only to criminal cases, and (2)...more

Employer Antiretaliation Liability to Employees that Blow the Whistle against Former, Unrelated employers?

Does the False Claims Act’s antiretaliation provision, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h)(1), apply to an “employer that fire[s] an employee after discovering that the employee was a whistleblower and relator in an ongoing qui tam action...more

Supreme Court Renders Good News-Bad News Whistleblower Decision

Yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is good news and bad news for both whistleblowers and government contractors, including health care providers–a win for whistleblowers on one important issue, for contractors on...more

SCOTUS: No Unlimited Suspension of the Statute of Limitations Under the False Claims Act; “First-to-File” Doctrine Does Not Bar...

In an opinion released May 26, 2015, Kellogg Brown & Roots Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that whistleblowers cannot extend the statute of limitations for war-related...more

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