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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

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds FCA Statute of Limitation Defense and Clarifies Applicability of the First-to-File Bar in KBR...

Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States released a unanimous opinion in Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter, resolving a pair of open procedural questions that frequently arise in False...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Indefinite Tolling of False Claims Act under Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act; Holds First-to-File...

Yesterday, in Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc., et al. v. United States ex rel. Carter, 575 U.S. __ (2015), the Supreme Court settled two important questions under the False Claims Act (the FCA). In a unanimous decision...more

Supreme Court Decides Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., et al.

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc,. et al., No. 12-1497, holding that the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA) does not apply to civil claims brought under the False...more

“‘Say it ain’t so, bro!’” (Episode 14)

Previously we’ve discussed Hooli’s reverse engineering of Pied Piper’s technology and the threatened lawsuit for ownership of the technology. In Episode 14, Pied Piper faces a new threat: Endframe, a Pied Piper competitor,...more

Biogen MA, Inc. v. Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (Fed. Cir. 2015)

The Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C. § 146 pursuant to changes in the statute provided by the...more

Does the AIA Have a Prior Art Exception You Can Use?

U.S. patent applications filed after March 16, 2013, when the “First-Inventor-to-File” portion of the America Invents Act (AIA) took effect, have started to be published. Thus, it is a good time for applicants to consider...more

U.S. Brand Holders Anticipating Business in Cuba Can and Should Protect Trademarks

As we noted in our Client Alert on December 18, 2014, President Obama has announced that he will take steps to ease regulations that have largely prevented U.S. companies from conducting business in Cuba for more than 50...more

Is It Too Soon to File for Trademark Registration?

News headlines abound concerning the potential for normalizing trade relations with Cuba. U.S. companies that are likely to do business in Cuba, if and when trade restrictions are fully lifted, should take steps now to...more

Case is Transferred to California

A transfer motion is treated as a non-dispositive motion. The parties are already engaged in litigation in California, the United Kingdom and Germany. ...more

Cloud Storage Company Grounded in D. Mass.

A patent defendant specializing in “virtual” database systems recently learned how real its burden is when seeking to transfer out of the District of Massachusetts. Delphix Corp. (“Delphix”) and Actifio, Inc. (“Actifio”) have...more

The False Claims Act 2015: DOJ Policies and Judicial Decisions Likely to Lead to an Increase in FCA Claims

By all accounts, 2014 was a banner year in False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement, with the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcing a record $5.69 billion in FCA recoveries. 2015 promises to be an equally active year and is...more

You Again?: Application of the First-to-File Bar Where Subsequent Actions Are Brought By the Same Relator

The Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729, et seq., has unique procedural aspects that come into play when a private whistleblower (the “relator”) seeks to sue on behalf of the Government. One of these, the...more

Falling Foul of China's Trademark System

Fashion brand owners entering China are generally well aware of the myriad of brand protection challenges awaiting them. One such challenge is China’s rigid first-to-file trademark system which is blamed for the problem of...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument On Two Procedural Issues In False Claims Act Litigation

On January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Kellogg Brown & Root v. United States ex rel. Carter, No. 12-1497, a False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam case involving allegations of fraudulent billing...more

First Circuit Reaffirms FCA’s “First-to-File” Bar as a Broad Jurisdictional Limit

In early December 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reaffirmed that circuit’s broad interpretation of the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(5), in United States ex rel....more

Recent Developments in Cases Dealing with the False Claims Act’s First-to-File and Public Disclosure Bars

The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733, enables whistleblowers—also known as qui tam relators— to file fraud suits on behalf of the United States against private government contractors. With the assistance of qui tam...more

Finally Facing First Inventor to File Issues

It has been over three years since the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was signed into law by President Obama, and just over eighteen months since the effective date of the first-inventor-to-file changes to 35 USC § 102....more

Federal Circuit Sidesteps Constitutionality of AIA First-to-File Provision

MadStad Eng’g, Inc. v. USPTO - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit faced an issue of first impression when a named inventor on three patents challenged the first-inventor-to-file provision of the America...more

White Collar Watch - August 2014

In This Issue: - Court of Appeals asked to clarify scope of Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protections - Supreme Court to address circuit splits on wartime tolling and first-to-file bar - IRS amends...more

Supreme Court to address circuit splits on wartime tolling and first-to-file bar

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal which will likely reconcile an appellate split as to whether the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act applies in False Claims Act cases and the first-to-file bar. ...more

USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow in Seven Cities Nationwide

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will host seven roadshow events across the country to increase public understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act. The...more

District Court Applies FCA's First-to-File Rule to Determine Relator's Entitlement to Settlement Proceeds

On June 23, 2014, a U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania held that the first relator to file a qui tam complaint under the FCA is the only relator eligible to recover a portion of the settlement, notwithstanding the existence...more

Court enforces False Claims Act’s first-to-file rule to bar complaint alleging details of off-label promotion scheme about which...

In Brief - When an alleged scheme to market drugs for unapproved “off-label” uses had already been identified by an earlier complaint, a later complaint providing additional details, but alleging the same “essential...more

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