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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

Mandatory FCA Per Claim Penalties Dramatically Increased from $11,000 to $21,563

The penalties are potentially astronomical for entities with FCA exposure. In addition to treble damages, the False Claims Act (FCA) provides for mandatory penalties for each false claim submitted “of not less than...more

OIG Issues Revised Policy Statement Regarding Permissive Exclusion

On April 18, 2016, the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) issued a revised policy statement containing the new criteria that OIG intends to use in implementing its...more

OIG Issues New Exclusion and CIA Guidance

On April 18, 2016, Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson announced the publication of updated guidance on how the Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes decisions about using its permissive exclusion authority and requiring...more

Illinois Governor Initiates Fight Against Health Care Fraud Amid Growing Deficit

As Illinois' finances continue to deteriorate and the budget crisis remains unsolved, the Rauner administration recently announced an initiative to focus on identifying and recouping health care fraud in Illinois. On April 5,...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

Sixth Circuit’s Rejection of Taint Damages Theory in False Claims Act Case Reinforces that Value-Received May Substantially Offset...

In False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases, the Department of Justice and, where the government has declined to intervene, qui tam plaintiffs, routinely pursue aggressive damages theories. In its recent decision in U.S. ex rel. Wall...more

DOJ Settles with New Jersey Mortgage Lender Over False Claims Act Violations

On April 15, the DOJ announced a $113 million settlement with a New Jersey-based mortgage company to resolve allegations that the mortgage lender violated the False Claims Act. According to the DOJ, the mortgage company –...more

"New HHS OIG Criteria to Guide Resolution of Health Care Investigations"

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has issued updated guidance on the use of its so-called permissive exclusion authority under Section 1128(b)(7) of the Social Security Act...more

Did the FCA’s “Implied Certification” Theory Dodge a Bullet?

Yesterday’s argument before the Supreme Court in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar had the potential to put false claims based on an “implied certification” in the crosshairs. Instead, based on the...more

Jury Sides with Defendant in Whistleblower's Suit Alleging Defendant "Caused" False Claims

Abbott Laboratories recently won a jury verdict in a high profile qui tam lawsuit alleging that Abbott “caused” health providers to submit false Medicare payment claims for off-label use of biliary stents. U.S. ex rel....more

Maryland Appellate Court Holds Economic Loss Doctrine Bars Contractor’s Tort Claims Against Government’s Design Professional on...

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. v. Rummel Klepper & Kahl, LLP, 226 Md. App. 420, 130 A.3d 1024, 2016 Md. App. LEXIS 3 ( Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jan. 28, 2016) The City of Baltimore retained a design professional, Rummel...more

Proceed Wisely, Ninja Contractor, Because Suing Your DOT May Have Limitations

No self-respecting Ninja goes into battle without a plan, right? You need to know your environment, your opponent and the rules of the battle. For you Ninja contractors, it’s a good thing to fully understand your potential...more

Bard Whistleblower Settlement Highlights Potential Risks for Higher Education Institutions

Bard College recently entered into an agreement with the United States to pay $4 million to settle a whistleblower suit alleging violations of the False Claims Act. Bard is a non-profit liberal arts institution founded in...more

Health Care/Health Care Litigation Advisory: Update on the AseraCare False Claims Act Litigation – A Win for AseraCare and Health...

In November 2015, we published a client advisory on the closely watched AseraCare litigation and its potential impact on the falsity element under the False Claims Act (FCA). AseraCare involves allegations that a hospice...more

False Claims Act Trial Sets Precedent for Future Cases

The DOJ’s theory of falsity based on clinical disagreement alone fails as a matter of law. In a closely watched False Claims Act (FCA) proceeding by the healthcare industry and FCA practitioners, the US District Court...more

7th Circ. May Be Willing To End FCA Circuit Split

The False Claims Act’s “public disclosure bar” calls for dismissal of complaints by qui tam plaintiffs (or “relators”) whose allegations have already been publicly disclosed. The primary aim of the bar is preventing parasitic...more

Supreme Court to Hear False Claims Act "Implied Certification" Appeal

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

U.S. Supreme Court’s Upcoming Ruling on False Claims Act Case May Have Major Impact on Government Contractors

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next month in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case that could significantly broaden the scope of the statute and resolve a split among the U.S. Circuit Courts. If the Supreme...more

The Medicare Overpayment Rule: Implications for Compliance and Health Care Enforcement

As has been widely discussed, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (‘‘CMS’’) Feb. 12 published the long-awaited final rule governing the return of Medicare Part A and Part B overpayments within 60 days (the...more

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Not Considered Government Agents Under the FCA

In United States ex rel. Adams v. Aurora Loan Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 697771, — F.3d —- (9th Cir. Feb. 22, 2016), the Ninth Circuit found that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not government entities for purposes of the False...more

Federal Court in Indiana Permits City to Sue Design Subconsultant Despite Lack Of Privity

City of Whiting, Indiana v. Whitney, Bailey, Cox, & Magnani, LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150229 (N.D. Ind. Nov. 5, 2015) - The City of Whiting, Indiana (the “City”) contracted with American Structurepoint, Inc....more

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