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How Is a Relator’s Recovery in an FCA Settlement Taxed?

This rarely litigated question was presented to the Seventh Circuit in Patrick v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, No. 14-2190, 2015 WL 5024985, — F.3d —- (Aug. 26, 2015). Previously, the First Circuit, in Fresenius Medical...more

The Difficulty Of Challenging FCA Fine As Excessive

Last month, in U.S. ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey, No. 13-2219, (4th Cir. July 2, 2015), the Fourth Circuit affirmed a False Claims Act verdict against a nonprofit hospital in Sumter, South Carolina. In an area of the law where...more

Ninth Circuit Eases Ability for Whistleblowers to Bring Qui Tam Actions

In an important development under False Claims Act (“FCA”) case law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has expressly abrogated former precedent limiting the ability of whistleblowers to recover funds reimbursed...more

First Court Opinion on When an Overpayment is “Identified” for Purposes of the 60-Day Repayment Law

The court’s interpretation complicates the already difficult task providers face in having sufficient time to assess and quantify potential overpayments. An August 3 decision in United States v. Continuum Health Partners...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - August 2015

Are the Circuits A-Splitting? The Ninth Circuit Declines to Follow the Second Circuit's Insider Trading Decision in U.S. v. Newman - Why it matters: On July 6, 2015, the Ninth Circuit in U.S. v. Salman declined to...more

Ignorance Is Not Bliss: The 60-Day Clock under the ACA’s “Return and Report Rule” Can Start Ticking Well Before the Exact Amount...

On August 3, 2015, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York ruled that the United States’ and state of New York’s complaints in intervention can move forward against a group of hospitals, under the federal False...more

Court Enforces Arbitration Agreement, Requiring Employees to Arbitrate Whistleblower Claims

We have frequently written about the increasing likelihood that courts will enforce arbitration agreements to resolve a broad range of issues arising out of the employment relationship. Recently, a federal court provided...more

California Lawyer 2015 Roundtable Series – False Claims Act

False Claims Act practice is evolving in subtle ways that may particularly affect cases where the federal government does not intervene. Recent decisions help clarify the law’s “first-to-file” rule and who may pursue...more

Recent Stark Developments: A Moving Target Where a Miss is as Good as a Mile

The federal physician self-referral ban or Stark law has been a part of the legal landscape for almost 25 years. The breadth of the law’s prohibitions, its strict liability formulation and draconian remedies have made it the...more

Ninth Circuit Bars Qui Tam Relator’s Whistleblower Recovery in False Claims Act Suit Over Conviction

On July 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a qui tam relator from a False Claims Act suit, holding that the False Claims Act requires dismissal of a relator convicted...more

Ninth Circuit Lowers Public Disclosure Bar

In a reversal of 23-year-old precedent, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled en banc in two consolidated cases that a False Claims Act (FCA) (31 U.S.C. § 3729, et seq.) relator may qualify as an “original...more

Recent Ninth Circuit En Banc Decision Makes It Easier for Relators to be an Original Source and the First- to-File

On July 7, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an en banc decision that potentially makes it easier for relators to prevail on pending False Claim Act qui tam suits and bring new actions in...more

Felony Conviction Bars Whistleblower from Pursuing Qui Tam Case

A relator convicted of criminal conduct is precluded from sharing in related FCA recoveries, irrespective of degree of culpability. On July 16, a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit panel upheld the dismissal from...more

Whistleblower's Criminal Conduct Prevents FCA Payout

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit prevented a False Claims Act (“FCA”) relator from receiving a share of a $19 million settlement stemming from the defendant’s alleged false billing on a nuclear cleanup...more

9th Circ. Relaxes Requirements for “Original Source” Whistleblowers

The False Claims Act makes it illegal to obtain government money through false claims. Under the Act a private party, known as a relator, may bring a civil suit on the government’s behalf against an entity that has allegedly...more

Trinity Homecare Settlement: Five False Claims Trends

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced that his office had reached a $2.5 million settlement in a federal False Claims Act (FCA) case with Trinity HomeCare and its related entities. The case,...more

Hartpence: Ninth Circuit Joins Majority of Circuits to Lower Barrier for Whistleblowers in False Claims Act Lawsuits

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a case likely heralding an increase in the number of qui tam False Claims Act lawsuits, has abrogated prior precedent and lowered the jurisdictional bar for whistleblowers in...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects FCA Implied False Certification Theory

On June 8, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected the doctrine of implied false certification in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit, U.S. ex rel. Nelson v. Sanford-Brown Ltd. No. 14-2506, 2015 WL...more

Does the False Claims Act Preempt An Attorney Relator’s Ethical Obligations?

In United States ex rel. Holmes v. Northrop Grumman Corp., No. 1:13-cv-85, 2015 WL 3504525 (S.D. Miss. June 3, 2015), the court answered this question with a resounding “no” and provided a laundry list of ethical violations...more

Growing Use of Sampling in FCA Cases

In prior years, sampling has been at issue in FCA cases largely in the context of damages. Specifically, where there were allegations of a specific course of wrongful conduct that allegedly impacted large volumes of claims,...more

Maryland’s New False Claims Act: Is It Enough?

Maryland Senate bill 374 (cross filed with House bill 405) has made its way to Governor Larry Hogan’s desk for signature. Championed by Attorney General Brian Frosh, the bill expands Maryland’s False Claims Act from its...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Relator's Complaint Under Amended Public Disclosure Bar

In United States of America ex rel. Marc Osheroff v. Humana, Inc. et al., No. 13-15278 (11th Cir., Jan. 16, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a relator’s complaint under the public disclosure bar of the False...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

CMS Delays 60-Day Rule, But Overpayment Case Law Emerging

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a one-year delay in finalizing the long-awaited and closely watched rule addressing the 60-day deadline to return Medicare and Medicaid overpayments (the...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

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