Meanwhile, Sixth Circuit Remains Firm On Rule 9(b) In False Claims Act Litigation

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This article continues discussion of Rule 9(b) in False Claims Act litigation from Ninth Circuit Weakens Rule 9(b) in False Claims Act Litigation, also published today.

While the Ninth Circuit has joined the minority position on fraudulent scheme complaints, the Sixth Circuit has reiterated the standard adopted in Bledsoe II, requiring False Claims Act (“FCA”) relators to plead actual, representative examples of false claims to meet the particularity requirements of Rule 9(b) when alleging a fraudulent scheme. In a September 1, 2010 decision in U.S. ex rel. SNAPP v. Ford Motor Co., the Sixth Circuit again considered and affirmed dismissal of a qui tam suit on Rule 9(b) grounds. The Sixth Circuit had previously considered the case in 2008, but had remanded to the district court to decide whether the dismissal was warranted in light of Bledsoe II.

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