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Seventh Circuit Issues Ruling Interpreting False Claim Act Whistleblower Amendments

The Seventh Circuit recently issued a decision interpreting the anti-retaliation provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA).  The decision provides important clarifications about how courts may interpret recent amendments to this provision.  Like a recent decision by the Fourth Circuit, the Seventh Circuit finds that courts may inquire whether the employee’s underlying complaint of FCA … Continue Reading

Fourth Circuit Issues Ruling Interpreting False Claim Act Whistleblower Amendments

The Fourth Circuit recently issued a decision interpreting the anti-retaliation provision of the False Claims Act (FCA).  The decision provides important clarification about how courts may interpret 2009 and 2010 amendments to the anti-retaliation provision.  Specifically, it finds that courts may inquire whether the employee’s underlying complaint of FCA fraud is objectively and subjectively reasonable.… Continue Reading

In 10-1 Verdict, Jury Finds No FCA Violation by Abbott Laboratories

On April 7, 2016, after just three hours of deliberations following a three-week trial, a federal jury dismissed False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims against Abbott Laboratories brought by a whistleblowing former employee.  The jury concluded that the company did not improperly market bile duct stents for off-label uses in vascular procedures.… Continue Reading

Tennessee District Court Limits Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim

The Eastern District of Tennessee recently dismissed whistleblower claims, finding that the Plaintiff was not entitled to protection under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, or the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC et al., 3:15-cv-00074 (E.D. Tenn. Dec. 8, 2015).  The court’s decision illustrates the sharp divide amongst courts regarding the scope of … Continue Reading

DC Circuit: Internal Investigation Documents Are Protected from Disclosure in FCA Case

Reversing a lower court decision, the D.C. Circuit recently concluded – for a second time – that certain internal audit documents are protected from disclosure by the attorney-client communication and work production privileges. On August 11, 2015, the D.C. Circuit issued a second writ of mandamus regarding the same group of documents, internal reports which the … Continue Reading

E.D.N.Y Denies Motion For Summary Judgment In FCA Retaliation Case Based On Finding Of Pretext

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently found that two former employees of Eihab Human Services (Company) raised a genuine issue of material fact as to whether they were discharged in retaliation for reporting that an executive director ordered an employee to create fraudulent billing records in violation of the … Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit Limits Scope of FCA Whistleblower Suit

Late last month, a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated portions of a former executive’s False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower action against Health Management Associates Inc. (“HMA”), alleging that the company engaged in an illegal to generate referrals of Medicare and Medicaid patients to its facilitates. In its ruling, the Eleventh … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Dismisses Whistleblower’s Claims Made By Job Applicant

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that a job applicant lacks standing to bring whistle-blower claims under the Energy Reorganization Act and the False Claims Act (“FCA”) because those laws’ retaliation provisions apply only to employees.  The Sixth Circuit is the first Court of Appeals to address this issue.… Continue Reading

False Claims Act Does Not Protect An Employee Disclosing His Whistleblower History

On October 20, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio found that the False Claims Act (“FCA”) did not protect an employee who was fired after revealing his history as a whistleblower and offering to help his new employer prevent overcharges on a government contract.  The court held that the employee … Continue Reading

Proskauer Obtains Dismissal of High-Stakes False Claims Act Suit

On August 7, 2014, Judge Castel of the Southern District of New York dismissed a False Claims Act (“FCA”) complaint that was based primarily on allegations that the defendant Hospital improperly focused on referral revenue in its physician compensation decisions. The Court insisted that an FCA complaint must set forth specific facts supporting the allegations regarding the … Continue Reading

Texas Federal Court Dismisses FCA Claims As Insufficiently Pled

In U.S. ex rel. Williams v. McKesson Corp., No. 3:12-CV-0371-B (N.D. Tex. July 9, 2014), a Texas federal court recently dismissed a qui tam whistleblower suit by a former employee of McKesson, a Texas-based entity that provides billing-related services to the health care industry, holding that the former employee failed to establish “the existence of … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit: FCA Inapplicable to Claims Involving Private Funds Administered by Government-Created Programs

In United States of America ex rel Rene Shupe v. Cisco Systems, Inc. and Avnet, Inc., No. 13-40807 (5th Cir. July 7, 2014), the Fifth Circuit reversed a district court’s order denying a motion to dismiss a qui tam whistleblower suit, holding that the False Claims Act does not apply to submissions by telecommunications companies … Continue Reading

DC Circuit Rejects Narrow View Of Attorney-Client Privilege In Internal Company Investigations

On June 27, 2014, the D.C. Circuit granted Kellogg Brown & Root’s (“KBR’s”) petition for a writ of mandamus and vacated a federal district court order requiring KBR to produce 89 documents related to an internal investigation.  Relying on Upjohn Co. v. United States, 449 U.S. 383 (1981), the D.C. Circuit ruled that the documents … Continue Reading

Third Circuit Adopts Less Demanding FCA Pleading Standard

Last week, the Third Circuit reversed a New Jersey district court’s decision to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam law suit, holding that the court applied an overly demanding pleading standard to relator Thomas Foglia’s complaint.  The Third Circuit’s decision joins the growing debate that has split the circuits as to whether whistleblowers … Continue Reading

Court Recognizes Limitations on Relator’s Ability to Bring Multiple Suits in U.S. v. Cellco

A federal circuit court decision issued last week recognizes important limitations on a relator’s ability to bring multiple lawsuits against the same contractor or alleging related fraud.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that allowing multiple suits by the same relator would violate the intent behind the “first-to-file” rule: … Continue Reading

Federal Court Ruling Raises Questions About Privileged Nature Of Certain Internal Investigations

On March 6, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. (“KBR”) must produce to a qui tam relator 89 documents relating to internal investigations conducted by the Company.  The court held that neither the attorney-client privilege nor the attorney work-product doctrine barred production or … Continue Reading

Government Recommends Supreme Court NOT Hear Takeda Case

The U.S. Solicitor General has asked the Supreme Court not to hear an appeal in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case against Takeda North America Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  The Fourth Circuit had dismissed the case because the plaintiff failed to plead the allegations of fraud with particularity.  Specifically, the government stated that the case is not … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Considers Review of Two False Claims Act Whistleblower Suits

The Supreme Court is considering whether to hear two whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), both on appeal from the Fourth Circuit.  The Supreme Court has asked the U.S. Solicitor General to weigh in before the Court decides whether to hear either case.  The two cases are Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. … Continue Reading

Federal Government’s FCA Claims Against Iraq Security Contractor Dismissed

The Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a False Claims Act complaint brought by the government and a whistleblower, finding that the government failed to adequately plead that it relied on allegedly false marksmanship tests when it paid a government contractor.  U.S. ex rel. Badr v. Triple Canopy, Inc., Case No. 1:11-cv-288 (E.D. Va. June 19, … Continue Reading

Kinetic Moves To Disqualify Counsel In False Claims Act Qui Tam Action For Improper Use Of Contractor’s Privileged Documents

Arguing that relators’ counsel has retained and used, without authority, more than 800 of its attorney-client privileged and work product documents, Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (“KCI”) has asked the District Court for the Central District of California to disqualify opposing counsel in United States ex rel., Steven J. Hartpence v. Kinetic Concepts, Inc., Case No. 08-01885 … Continue Reading

The Fourth Circuit Suspends Statutes Of Limitations On False Claims Act Claims During Times Of War And Holds That The “First To File” Rule Does Not Apply Once Initial Action Has Been Dismissed

In United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co., No. 12-1011 (4th Cir. Mar. 18, 2013), the Fourth Circuit held that the statute of limitations for False Claims Act claims is suspended during times of war.  The court also held that the rule barring a False Claims Act plaintiff (a “relator”) from bringing a claim … Continue Reading
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