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Whistleblower Filed Too Early & Too Late for Share of $322M SCAN Scam Recovery

During his days as a data encounter manager at SCAN, Jim suspected the company had been double-billing Medicare and Medicaid for years. He expressed his concerns within SCAN. When he refused a job reassignment, he was fired....more

Supreme Court Clarifies the First to File Bar

The first to file bar is a limitation on the rights of members of the public to commence certain litigation under the FCA. In essence, the first to file bar prevents a member of the public from commencing an action based...more

9th Circ. Relaxes Requirements for “Original Source” Whistleblowers

The False Claims Act makes it illegal to obtain government money through false claims. Under the Act a private party, known as a relator, may bring a civil suit on the government’s behalf against an entity that has allegedly...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

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

Successful Rule 9(b) Defense of False Claims Act Whistleblower Litigation

The lure of significant monetary awards continues to stimulate high-risk whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act (FCA), and these claims are increasingly common in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. The...more

BC Court of Appeal Overturns Ruling that BC Government Liable to Logging Company for Failure to Consult

In Moulton Contracting Ltd. v British Columbia, 2015 BCCA 89, the BC Court of Appeal recently overturned the trial judge’s decision (reported at 2013 BCSC 2348, and summarized in an earlier update here) which had awarded...more

Split Decision on Ormat’s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees’ Claims of Cash Grant Fraud

The opinion of March 24 from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat’s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims Act. The ex-employees are alleging...more

Second-Place Bidder On Public Works Contract Could Proceed With Tortious Interference Claim

Between 2009 and 2012, American Asphalt South, Inc. (“American”) outbid Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. (“Allan”) or Doug Martin Contracting, Inc. (“Martin”) on 23 public works contracts totaling more than $14.6 million to apply...more

Provincial Licence Doesn’t Promise Adequate Consultation with First Nations

In its recent decision in Moulton Contracting Ltd. v. British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (Court) held that the Province of British Columbia (Province) can contractually exclude liability for losses...more

Federal District Court in New Jersey Holds that Economic Loss Rule Does Not Bar Contractor’s Tort Claims Against Architect Where...

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey contracted HDR Architects and Engineers, P.C. (“HDR”) to design a medical school building. After the project went to bid, the Bedwell Company (“Bedwell”) contracted with...more

Federal Circuit’s Metcalf Decision a Big Win for Contractors

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) the supervising court for the Court of Federal Claims and the Boards of Contract Appeals, among others) clarified important legal principles...more

Qui tam relators target – and gain access to – internal investigation on ground that attorney-client privilege does not apply

In Brief - A federal district court recently held that documents relating to a government contractor’s internal compliance investigations regarding fraud were not protected by the attorney-client privilege because...more

Eighth Circuit Addresses Scope of False Claims Act Liability

Last month, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the scope of “fraud-in-the-inducement” liability under the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733, and, in doing so, reversed the dismissal of a claim related...more

Southern District Of New York Again Endorses DOJ Mortgage Fraud Theory

On September 24, U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman largely denied a bank’s motion to dismiss a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) in which the government alleges...more

Texas Federal District Court Allows Government’s FCA/FIRREA Mortgage Suit To Proceed

On September 10, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas denied a mortgage lender’s motion to dismiss the federal government’s claims that the lender and two of its executives knowingly made false...more

Tropp v. Conair et al.

Brief in Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment On the Ground of Non-Infringement

Brief in opposition to defendants' post-Akamai motion for summary judgment on the ground of non-infringement....more

Tropp v. Conair et al.

Brief in Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment Based on 28 U.S.C. § 1498

From the preliminary statement: Plaintiff David Tropp (“Tropp”), owner of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,021,537 and 7,036,728 (the patents-in-suit), submits this memorandum of law in opposition to the motion by Travel Sentry and...more

7th Circuit Determines Qui Tam False Claims Act Case Against ITT Should Go Forward

This week we look at the 7th Circuit's decision in Leveski v. ITT Educational Services, Inc., in which the court reinstated a False Claims Act qui tam action against ITT and removed the imposition of $395,000 in sanctions...more

Second Highest Penalty in FCPA History Comes with a Caution from the Bench about the Limits of the Act’s Jurisdiction

In Brief - The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act covers a nearly boundless range of business conduct by issuers and their agents in an ever more global world. Yet the contrast in sentences handed down in two recent FCPA...more

First Circuit Oral Argument Considers the Proper Standard Governing the False Claims Act’s “First-to-File” Rule

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently heard oral arguments in United States ex rel. Heineman-Guta v. Guidant Corp., et al. (12-1867). During oral argument, the panel considered, among other issues,...more

Canadian Government Announces Proposed Amendments to Anticorruption Law

Amendments aim to improve enforcement of Canadian foreign corruption law by expanding jurisdiction, creating a books and records offense, eliminating the facilitation payments exception, redefining "business" and enforcement...more

Fourth Circuit Holds False Claims Act Relators to Strict Pleading Standard: Ruling Will Be Particularly Useful in Defending...

On January 11, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion reaffirming the requirement that False Claims Act relators plead presentment of a false claim with particularity. United States...more

Precision Required for Government Tort Claims Act

The Government Claims Act in California establishes the manner in which negligence and tort claims must be made against the Government. [Govt. Code, Section 900 et seq.] Failure to follow the rules set forth in the statute...more

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