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Hospital Mergers: Is the FTC’s Winning Streak Over?

Following a winning streak dating back to its 2007 win in Evanston, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has suffered two losses over the last month in two of its three pending hospital merger challenges. On June 14, 2016, a...more

HIPAA Does Not Preempt Statutory Right to Ex Parte Interviews of Treating Physicians in Tennessee Health Care Liability Actions

A key tool for the defense of medical providers in Tennessee facing malpractice liability has been held to be not preempted by federal law. On June 3, 2016, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, in Caldwell v. Baptist Memorial...more

The Supreme Court’s Escobar Decision on Implied Certification Liability: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly for Government Contractors,...

On Thursday, June 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion finding that implied certifications can form the basis for liability under the False Claims Act (the “FCA”). The press coverage...more

Supreme Court Hands Down Opinion in Universal Health Services v. Escobar

The Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated opinion in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar et al. yesterday—a case addressing the viability of the implied certification theory in FCA...more

SCOTUS Gives Fed Contractors Mixed Bag

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion that refines and re-defines liability for contractors accused of defrauding the Federal Government under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) in Universal Health Services, Inc. v....more

What does the Escobar Decision Mean for Healthcare Providers?

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court in Universal Health Servs., Inc. v. United States ex rel Escobar, No. 13-317, — S. Ct. — (June 16, 2016), confirmed that the implied certification theory may serve as a basis for...more

Supreme Court ruling potentially expands false claims liability for healthcare providers

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled recently that the implied false certification theory may form the basis for liability under the False Claims Act (FCA), resolving a split of among the federal...more

Supreme Court Case Expands False Claims Act Liability

Summary of Decision - On June 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided a case which could have significant impact on healthcare providers. In Universal Health Services Inc. v Escobar, the Court expanded...more

Universal Health Services: contractors take note - Supreme Court approves implied certification theory of False Claims Act...

In a unanimous ruling handed down last week, the US Supreme Court settled an existing circuit split in favor of those seeking to expand the False Claims Act’s reach by recognizing the “implied certification” theory as a valid...more

Supreme Court Rejects Government's FCA Implied Certification Theory

The Supreme Court of the United States in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. Escobar et al., weighed in on and embraced the implied certification theory of liability within the False Claims Act (FCA)....more

Supreme Court Endorses FCA Implied False Certification Theory of Liability with Limitations

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated False Claims Act (“FCA”) opinion in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar. The June 16, 2016, Court decision resolves a...more

Universal Health Services v. Escobar

On Thursday of last week, the Supreme Court for the first time addressed the “implied certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act. The Court ruled unanimously that the theory is valid in certain...more

SCOTUS Upholds Implied Certification for Some Cases But Imposes “Rigorous Materiality Requirement” for FCA Liability

The decision in Universal Health upholds implied certification but strengthens False Claims Act defendants’ ability to mount a materiality defense. On June 16, 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in...more

Supreme Court Adopts Implied False Certification Theory in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar But Imposes...

On June 16, 2016, a unanimous Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar (“Escobar”). The Court ruled that under certain circumstances the theory of “implied...more

Supreme Court Upholds Implied Certification Theory of Liability under False Claims Act in Limited Circumstances

The False Claims Act (FCA) is the federal government’s chief weapon to combat false or fraudulent claims made to the government and has resulted in billions of dollars of recoveries. In recent years, broad interpretation of...more

The Supreme Court Weighs In on the Implied Certification Theory of False Claims Act Liability

The Supreme Court has handed the Department of Justice and qui tam relators a bigger hammer to wield against government contractors with its opinion in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar,...more

Supreme Court Issues Important Decision Addressing False Claims Act Liability

Last week, the Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated opinion in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, holding that a failure to comply with regulations can be the basis for False Claims Act (FCA)...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholds Implied Certification Theory of False Claims Act Liability, Articulates New Limits

Last month, Lindsey provided readers of the Drug and Device Law blog with an overview of United Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, a False Claims Act (FCA) case that was bringing the implied certification theory...more

Universal Health: The Supreme Court Approves Implied Certification; Focus on Materiality Provides a Mixed Blessing to Defendants...

On June 16, 2016, a unanimous Supreme Court blessed the implied false certification theory of False Claims Act (FCA) liability, resolving a circuit split on the theory’s legitimacy. The Court held that implied certification...more

Health Alert (Australia) June 20, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales 17 June 2016 - Mace v Justice and Forensic Health Network; The Geo Group Australia Pty Ltd v AAI...more

FCA’s “Implied Certification” Theory Survives

We previously reported on the viability of the “implied certification” theory of FCA liability based on oral argument before the Supreme Court in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar. We concluded that the...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Backs ‘Implied Certification’ Liability under False Claims Act

Federal contractors may be subject to liability under the federal False Claims Act for violating regulatory requirements not expressly stated in their contracts, according to U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health...more

Supreme Court Upholds Implied Certification Theory and Emphasizes Importance of Materiality Requirement Under the False Claims Act

On June 16, 2016, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the use of the “implied certification theory of liability” in False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases. See Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel....more

No Longer Implied: Supreme Court Expressly Recognizes Implied Certification as a Theory of Liability Under the False Claims Act

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-anticipated decision on the viability of the “implied certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act (FCA). In Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex...more

U.S. Supreme Court Implied Certification Case Both Expands and Limits False Claims Act Liability

Court Recognizes Theory but Reaffirms the “Rigorous” Materiality and Scienter Requirements, Making Clear that the FCA is No Remedy for “Minor or Inconsequential” Infractions The Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated...more

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