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District Court Rejects “Worthless Services” FCA Claim, Interprets First-to File Bar and Res Judicata in FCA Context

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a 2-count False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against Unisys Corporation. United States ex rel. Soodavar v. Unisys Corp., 2016 WL 1367163...more

Whistleblowers Suffer Another Implied Certification Theory Defeat — But Supreme Court Showdown Looms

Adding its voice to an issue soon to be argued before the Supreme Court, an Alabama federal court recently dismissed a False Claims Act (“FCA”) complaint, holding that complying with a federal disclosure regulation was not a...more

"Supreme Court Permits Use of Statistical 'Representational Evidence': Implications for the FCA"

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. In an opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the majority held that class...more

DOJ Briefing Attempts to Avert Fourth Circuit Ruling on Use of Statistical Sampling in FCA Cases

On March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a brief in an eagerly anticipated case that addresses the use of statistical sampling in FCA cases for the first time at the appellate level. The case is United...more

Some Good Georgian Res Judicata

Usually, when res judicata comes up in our cases, we are trying to fend it off. Luckily, non-mutual offensive res judicata is rarely recognized, so plaintiffs usually fail when trying to preclude the drug or device...more

Olympus to Pay $632.2 Million to Resolve Allegations of Kickbacks

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, the United States’ largest distributor of endoscopes and related medical equipment, recently agreed to pay $623.2 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims, according to a...more

Sixth Circuit Rules That EHR Security Breaches Do Not Violate False Claims Act

On March 7, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that security breaches of individual electronic health records (“EHRs”) do not violate the HITECH Act and cannot support False Claims Act allegations. ...more

Relators Recover Over $1 Billion in Non-Intervened Cases in Fiscal Year 2015

In fiscal year 2015, more than $1 Billion of the Government’s False Claims Act (FCA) recovery was derived from cases in which the Government declined to intervene. This significant recovery far exceeds the typical, annual...more

First District Tells Relators: Know Your Role in State Whistleblower Actions

Last week, the Florida First District Court of Appeal issued a decision of first impression confirming the controlling role that the Attorney General’s office plays in the life, or death, of a whistleblower action in Florida....more

If Uncle Sam Knows, Doesn’t Everyone? Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal Under Public Disclosure Bar, But Opens Door for...

On Feb. 29, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) suit, holding the relator, Cause of Action, failed to establish subject matter jurisdiction given the FCA’s public disclosure bar (Cause of...more

Ninth Circuit holds that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not officers, employees, or agents of the United States under 31 U.S.C. §...

On February 22, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an FCA claim brought by relators alleging that various lenders and loan servicers made false certifications to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, concluding that claims...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Whistleblower Argument that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are Federal Instrumentalities under the False Claims...

Liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) is premised on the submission of a claim for money or property either to a federal government “officer, employee, or agent” or, under certain circumstances, to a nongovernmental...more

What Must the Government Prove to Establish that a Defendant Recklessly Interpreted a Statute or Regulation in Violation of the...

If you read one thing... - Learn what evidence the government or the relator must establish to prove that the defendant “recklessly” interpreted a statute or regulation in violation of the FCA. - Understand...more

Guest Post - Narrowing the Scope of What Constitutes Off-Label Promotion

Here is another guest post, one expressly not emanating from the Dechert side of the blog. Rather it is written by Reed Smith's Elizabeth Graham Minerd. As always with our guest posts, she is entitled to all the credit from...more

A Relator by Any Other Name Not as Sweet: The Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Suit Based on Facts Learned by Relator’s...

The Fourth Circuit recently held that a relator is prohibited from pursuing a False Claims Act (FCA) claim based on facts learned by relator’s counsel in a previous FCA suit. In United States ex rel. May v. Purdue Pharma...more

False Claims Act: 2015 Year-in-Review

In 2015, the Justice Department (DOJ) continued to give high priority to False Claims Act (FCA) investigations, bringing in nearly $3.6 billion in settlements and judgments. More than 630 qui tam suits were filed. DOJ's...more

Public disclosure bar prohibits "bounty-hunting" relators from filing duplicative FCA claims

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued an opinion that underscores the importance of the "public disclosure bar" in False Claims Act (FCA) litigation. The court affirmed a lower court’s...more

False Claims Act Update: A Statistical Review of 2015 and Key Events for 2016

As reported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a December 2015 press release, the False Claims Act (FCA) remains the federal government’s primary means for combating fraud. In 2015, the DOJ recovered $3.583 billion in FCA...more

Nashville Pharmacy Services, LLC Settles FCA Allegations

Last week the Department Of Justice announced a settlement agreement with Nashville Pharmacy Services, LLC (“NPS”) and NPS majority owner Kevin Hartman. Under the agreement, NPS and Mr. Hartman will pay up to $7.8 million to...more

First Circuit Permits Supplementation of Complaint to Cure First-to-File Jurisdictional Defects

The FCA first-to-file bar provides that if an action involving the same subject matter is already pending, “no person other than the Government may intervene or bring a related action based on the facts underlying the pending...more

First Circuit Applies Kellogg Brown & Root to Allow Relator to File Motion to Supplement Previously Dismissed Complaint

In United States ex rel. Gadbois v. PharMerica Corp., — F.3d —- (1st Cir. 2015), the First Circuit, in a matter of first impression, held that a relator’s complaint was not subject to dismissal under the first-to-file bar...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review the Validity of 'Implied Certification' Liability Under the False Claims Act

On December 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7, to review the so-called “implied certification” theory of liability under the...more

DOJ Recovers $3.5 Billion in False Claims Act Cases in FY2015 and Pays Record Amount to Qui Tam Relators

Late last week DOJ announced that in FY2015 it obtained more than $3.5 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving allegations of false claims against the government. Once again, health care fraud...more

Supreme Court To Address Permissibility and Scope of Implied Certification Liability Under the False Claims Act

On Friday, December 4, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case raising the questions of whether implied certification liability is permissible under the False Claims Act and, if so, under what circumstances. Because many of...more

When Government Walks in Industry’s Shoes, FCA May Not Apply (and Vice Versa)

In November, an Illinois federal judge blocked a former bank employee from collecting his claimed relator’s share of a potential settlement between the FDIC (acting as the bank’s receiver) and the bank’s former directors. In...more

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