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Eleventh Circuit Sets Up Circuit Split on False Claims Act Statute of Limitations Issues

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

When a qui tam relator files a lawsuit alleging violations of the federal False Claims Act (FCA), the statute imposes one of two potential deadlines. Specifically, the FCA’s statute of limitations provisions require that a...more

Self-Disclosure and the FCA Statute of Limitations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Most practitioners are aware that the statute of limitations under the False Claims Act (FCA) is six years after the date on which the violation is committed. 31 U.S.C. § 3731(b)(1). That is, unless the FCA’s tolling...more

FCA's "First to File" Bar Retains Some Teeth

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Health care providers are under constant threat of lawsuits brought by whistleblowers under the federal civil False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729, et seq. (FCA), the statute under which the government obtains most judgements...more

Nebraska Federal Court Applies First-To-File Rule To Reinsurance Breach Of Contract Disputes, Transfers Case To Connecticut

by Carlton Fields on

The District of Nebraska recently ruled in favor of Charter Oak Oil Co. (“Charter Oak”)’s attempt to dismiss a breach of contract case by Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Co. (“AUCRA”) based on the first-to-file...more

Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A LOOK BACK... A LOOK AHEAD - While the uncertainty associated with legislative efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) dominated most of the headlines for the healthcare industry last year,...more

Seasick Trademarks Walking the Plank? Don’t Let Yeezy Make You Queasy

by Knobbe Martens on

Successful brands from the United States, and particularly those branded by U.S. celebrities, are often received with similar enthusiasm in other parts of the world. Recently, YEEZY shoes designed by Kanye West made their...more

False Claims Act Circuit Splits—FCA Issues That May Soon Reach The Supreme Court Or Lead To Congressional Amendment

• Under the FCA there are multiple circuit court splits related to how power should be allocated between the United States and the relator and whether the relator has contributed sufficient value to merit obtaining a...more

In Case You Missed It: Tracking Government Enforcement: The False Claims Act in 2017

The federal government continues to use the False Claims Act (FCA) as one of its prime enforcement tools against government contractors. To keep you informed on the status of the law, Bradley’s Government Enforcement and...more

False Claims Act: 2017 Year in Review

Bradley’s Government Enforcement and Investigations practice group is pleased to present the 2017 False Claims Act Year in Review, our annual review of significant False Claims Act (FCA) cases, developments, and trends. The...more

Five Common Myths about Utility Patents for Start-ups

1. As a start-up, utility patents are not worth the investment. While it is true that utility patents are expensive — costing up to $25,000 and about $10,000 on average — not having patent protection can end up costing...more

False Claims Act: 2017 Year-in-Review

by WilmerHale on

False Claims Act (FCA) recoveries topped $3.7 billion in fiscal year 2017, marking the eighth straight year of annual recoveries in excess of $3 billion. Healthcare cases, including ones involving drug and device companies,...more

First-to-File Rule Brings Venue of Camera Patent Fight into Focus

Federal courts have long honored the age-old principle of “first come, first served”—when presented with two competing lawsuits involving the same parties in different courts, priority is generally awarded to the first-filed...more

Sixth Circuit Hears Oral Argument in FCA Appeal

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently heard oral argument in connection with a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee that primarily raised two FCA questions...more

Dealing with Competing Class Actions, Part One – Race to Judgment and First-to-File Rule

Multiple actions involving the same subject matter and the same defendant are a common feature of the U.S. class action landscape. In this series of blog posts, we’ll examine the problem of competing class actions, which...more

Risks of Cover Page Provisional Applications

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Since June 8, 1995, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has offered inventors the option of filing a provisional patent application. These applications are typically used as a faster and lower-cost first...more

FDA Marketing Exclusivity Periods Limited To Same Active Moiety

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Otsuka Pharm. Co., Ltd. v. Price, No. 16-5229 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 29, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the district court decision upholding FDA’s “same moiety” test for defining...more

Second Circuit Accepts Appeal of False Claims Act First-To-File Issues

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Second Circuit recently agreed to accept an interlocutory appeal to decide the question whether a violation of the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” rule compels dismissal of the complaint or whether it can be cured by...more

Ten Tips on Preparing and Prosecuting Patent Applications

by Snell & Wilmer on

1. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize. A patent defines a piece of intellectual property. As with a parcel of land, the patent’s owner can legally prevent any trespass (called an infringement) on the patent. Analogous to the...more

RWS Inovia Releases 2017 Report on Global Patent Trends

Patent services provider RWS inovia recently released its eighth annual report on global patent and IP trends. In compiling "The 2017 U.S. Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator," RWS inovia, which produces products for PCT...more

FCA Deeper Dive: FCA’s First-to-File Bar

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

One-E-Way, Inc. v. ITC, Fed. Cir. Case 2016-2105 (June 12, 2017) - A divided panel reverses a determination of indefiniteness by the ITC, ruling that under Nautilus, the claim language, in combination with the...more

TC Heartland: The End of an Era in Patent Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Monday, May 22, the Supreme Court reached a unanimous decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, overruling the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), and...more

What Rights Will I Lose if I Pitch My Invention to Investors Before I File a Patent Application?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Did you know that the individual often credited with popularizing karaoke did not reap the financial rewards of his invention to the extent possible? It's true—Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue invented karaoke in Kobe, Japan...more

Under the First-to-File Rule, District Court Stays Case Filed Hours After a Declaratory Judgment Action

Under the first-to-file rule (not to be confused with the provision from the America Invents Act), when two actions involving overlapping issues and parties are pending in two federal venues, the first-filed case is generally...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Cases

by Jones Day on

The Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two False Claims Act ("FCA") cases brought by private relators against insurance and other companies based on the alleged failure to reimburse the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

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