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The Government Never Dies: Ninth Circuit Upholds Government Action Rule Dismissal - Appellate Court Affirms District Court's...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A key ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will block qui tam relators from bringing copycat False Claims Act suits. • In United States ex rel. Max Bennett v. Biotronik, Inc., the Ninth Circuit held...more

DOJ Should Dismiss Meritless False Claims Act Qui Tam Relator Claims

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Despite recently acknowledging the significant burden imposed by frivolous False Claims Act claims and affirming its statutory grant of power to dismiss meritless claims brought by relators, DOJ has maintained...more

“No Fraud at All:” Fifth Circuit Reverses $663 Million False Claims Act Jury Verdict Based on Government’s Actual Knowledge

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On September 29, 2017, in United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Indus. Inc. (“Trinity”), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a $663 million jury verdict in a False Claims Act (FCA) case brought against Trinity...more

Under What Circumstances Can a Private Qui Tam Plaintiff Overrule Government Agency Experts' Use of Administrative Discretion to...

• How have appellate courts applied the Supreme Court’s ruling in Escobar? • If the government is aware of the relator’s allegation, but does not undertake any administrative action to address the defendant’s alleged...more

Significant FCA Decision Affirms the Importance of Materiality

by Reed Smith on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently issued a well-reasoned decision that takes the rare step of overruling a jury finding of False Claims Act (FCA) liability, and erasing the damages award of more than...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Arbitration in a False Claims Act Case

On September 11, 2017, the Ninth Circuit in US and State of Nevada ex rel. Welch v. My Left Foot Children’s Therapy, LLC, upheld the denial of the defendant’s motion to compel arbitration in a False Claims Act (FCA) relator...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Arbitration of a Relator’s FCA Claims

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On September 11, 2017, in United States and State of Nevada ex rel. Welch v. My Left Foot Children’s Therapy, LLC, the Ninth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement between an employee-relator and her former employer was...more

United States ex rel Campie v. Gilead Sciences: Ninth Circuit Revives FCA Suit Despite Escobar’s “Demanding and Rigorous”...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously reversed dismissal of a False Claims Act Complaint in United States ex rel. Campie v. Gilead Sciences. The most notable aspect of the case is that the panel...more

Maybe the Yacht Was the Tip-Off

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

If you’re a surgical device distributor and you want to reward a surgeon for using your products on Medicare and Medicaid patients, you may want to choose a reward that’s less conspicuous than a yacht. That’s one lesson in...more

False Claims Act Relators Be Warned: Rule 54’s Taxable Costs Award Lies Ahead for the Overeager Relator

by Liskow & Lewis on

In a published opinion last week, the Fifth Circuit sent a reminder to would-be False Claims Act (“FCA”) relators that they better think carefully before filing suit because while they may be seeking treble damages, they may...more

Petratos v. Genentech: Escobar’s “Heightened Materiality Requirement” Is Significant Pleading Hurdle in False Claims Act Suits

In a recent False Act Claims (FCA) suit involving the blockbuster cancer drug Avastin, the Third Circuit barred a relator’s qui tam suit because his Complaint lacked sufficient factual allegations that, if true, would...more

Second Circuit Sets False Claims Act Pleading Standard For Claim Information

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Last week, the Second Circuit held that a False Claims Act relator does not have to plead details of specific alleged false billings or invoices to the government, as long as he can allege facts leading to a strong inference...more

The False Claims Act: Why It Is Relevant To All Manufacturers

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a major civil enforcement tool used by the federal government to redress fraud causing monetary loss to the government. In the 2016 fiscal year, the federal government recovered over $4.7...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Judicial Review of Settlements

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

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

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Two Grants of Summary Judgment in Favor of Diabetic Experts

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (Eleventh Circuit) recently affirmed two grants of summary judgment in favor of defendant Lincare, Inc. d/b/a Diabetic Experts of America (collectively,...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Original Sources under the FCA’s Public Disclosure 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

Free Parking, Yes, But No Stark Law Claim

by Ruder Ware on

A federal court recently dealt a victory to a health care provider over whistleblower allegations that free parking and valet service at a medical office building violated the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute....more

Court Puts the Brakes on Whistleblower's FCA Parking Claims

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that, in fiscal year 2016 ending September 30, it obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims. More than half of this...more

Deeper Dive: Meeting the FCA’s Intent Requirement

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 will...more

A Striking EHR Settlement: The DOJ pursues an EHR Vendor for "Causing the Submission" of False EHR Incentive Payment Claims

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On May 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $155 million settlement with eClinical Works (ECW), a nationally-known electronic health records (EHR) software vendor. The settlement arises out of a lawsuit,...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Escobar and Its Aftermath – Part II

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 will...more

FCA Claim of “Phantom Students” Won’t Continue to Haunt College, Says Ninth Circuit

The for-profit education company Kaplan, Inc. recently scored a win when the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed Kaplan’s summary judgment victory in a decade-long False Claims Act suit. This case shows that while...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Pleading the Alleged Fraud Scheme

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 are...more

Third Circuit’s Gift to Qui Tam Defendants

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

It’s so brief—just eleven words in a 23-page, single-spaced opinion—that you could easily overlook it, but the Third Circuit’s recent opinion cites the government’s nonintervention in a qui tam case as evidence supporting...more

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