False Claims Act Update, January 2012

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January, 2012, saw two different examples of the Government using the False Claims Act to bring a gun to a knife fight. In the first case the gun won the day. In the second, it backfired. Both cases were brought in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and in both... Continue Reading →

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False Claims Act Update, December 2011

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What must a successful FCA defendant show to collect attorney’s fees under the Equal Access to Justic Act? Can an error by the government create an FCA violation by a defendant relying upon the government’s acts? Does Vermont Agency of Natural Resources v. US ex rel. Stevens apply to FCA... Continue Reading →

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False Claims Act Update, November 2011

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Can an incompetent, and ultimately dismissed, False Claims Act Complaint bar a future complaint under the FCA’s “first to file rule?” The Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. answered the question for the first time on November 4, 2011. Can a settlement agreement between an employer and an employee force... Continue Reading →

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False Claims Act Update, October 2011

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A case based upon FOIA documents may be subject to the public disclosure bar. A difference of scientific judgment does not create the basis for an FCA suit. Whistleblowers who wish to dismiss their suits after the Government refuses intervention may not hide their identity from the defendants, even if... Continue Reading →

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Case Dismissed!

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On April 7, 2004, the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a whistleblower’s complaint against Catholic Health Alliance and other Defendants. The Court never even needed to consider the allegations behind the whistleblower’s lawsuit. The case against Catholic Health Alliance was dismissed because the whistleblower was not... Continue Reading →

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