Self-Disclosure, the Public Disclosure Bar and the FCA – Uncertainty, Circuit by Circuit

Written by David B. Honig and Ritu Kaur Cooper. On February 3, 2015, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that disclosures to the public officials responsible for managing the subject of a False Claims Act lawsuit did not qualify as “public disclosures” for the purpose of the FCA’s public disclosure bar. US... Continue Reading →

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Court Awards Prevailing FCA Defendant Costs

with Drew B. Howk On Monday, February 2, well-respected Federal District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff awarded costs to the prevailing Defendant in US ex rel. Associates Against Outlier Fraud v. Huron Consulting, Case No. 09 Civ. 1800(JSR). The case had a long history. The Complaint was originally filed in February 2009. It... Continue Reading →

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Materiality and Government Knowledge in the Sixth Circuit

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Written by David B. Honig and Steven H. Pratt. On February 2, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on a case from the Southern District of Ohio, US ex rel American Systems Consulting, Inc. v Mantech Advanced Systems International. At issue was whether a court may determine whether a knowingly false... Continue Reading →

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Seventh Circuit Rejects Novel Fraud Theory

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Relator Thulin was a pharmacist in Idaho working for Shopko, a Wisconsin company. He filed an FCA claim alleging Shopko defrauded Medicaid by failing to pass along private insurance plan prices to Medicaid for dual-eligible patients. The court rejected Shopko’s claim, affirming the trial court’s grant of a motion to... Continue Reading →

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New 11th Circuit Case: Fraud with Particularity

Last week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its unpublished ruling in US ex rel. Mastej v. Health Management Associates, Inc. At issue was whether the relator’s Third Amended Complaint adequately pled fraud with particularity, as required by Fed.R.Civ.Pro. 9(b). Mastej was an Health Management Associate (“HMA”) executive from 2001 to... Continue Reading →

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False Claims Act Update – Public Disclosure and Original Source

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Several FCA opinions have been issued since the last FCA Update. The most interesting is a District of Nevada case, US ex rel Guardiola v Renown Health. Renown Health was the parent company for two other corporate defendants that provided acute health care services. The relator was Renown’s Director of Clinical Compliance. She... Continue Reading →

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Safe Harbors Less Safe in Ohio

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In a new case from the Southern District of Ohio, US_v_MillenniumRadiology, the court denied a motion to dismiss a False Claims Act suit, finding that compliance with a safe harbor could only be raised on summary judgment. The court also found that uncompensated service as a medical director could form the basis... Continue Reading →

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Last Week in the FCA

From October 1 through October 12, 2014, there were 14 federal cases reported that mentioned the False Claims Act. One was previously discussed in the September 2014 FCA Update. Eight more only tangentially discussed the False Claims Act. Five cases might be of interest to parties and counsel in a False... Continue Reading →

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U.S. ex rel. Graves v. Plaza Medical Centers Corp.

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US ex rel Graves v Plaza Medical Centers Corp Case No. 10-23382-CIV-MORENO (S.D.Fla. Oct. 8, 2014) Defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss for failure to plead fraud with particularity. The trial court dismissed without prejudice, finding: While Relator alleged specific conduct as to 28 patients, it did not offer a... Continue Reading →

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US ex rel. Smith v. Boeing Co.

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US ex rel Smith v Boeing Case No. 05-1073-MLB (D.Kansas Oct. 8, 2014) The court granted Boeing’s motion for summary judgment, finding that there were reasonable conflicting interpretations of the contract’s requirements, undermining any claim of knowing false certification, and that the FAA had specifically investigated and rejected Relator’s interpretations.... Continue Reading →

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