Seventh Circuit: Whistleblowers Cannot Build FCA Claims upon Public Information and Speculation

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The public disclosure bar remains one of the most important tools for disposing of False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims. The Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in United States ex rel. Bellevue v. United Health Services of Hartgrove, Inc. clarified the effect of the 2010 amendments to the public disclosure bar and affirmed... Continue Reading →

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FCA Cases Just Got Harder to Settle

On May 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Kellog Brown & Root Service, Inv. et al. v. United States ex rel. Carter, 575 U.S. ____ (2015), Case No. 12-1497. Most of the commentary on the case centers around the Court’s decision on the Wartime Suspension... Continue Reading →

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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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False Claims Act Update, May 2013

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Three new FCA cases of interest were reported in the last few weeks. One was discussed previously on FCADefense.com in Toumey Loses Stark/FCA Case Again by Drew Howk. Another, Ulysses, Inc. v. United States 1 is yet another example of the growing trend of failed FCA counter-claims by the Government in response... Continue Reading →

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Retained Overpayments Change the FCA Ball Game

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— False Claims Act defense attorneys have been warning government contractors, particularly Medicare and Medicaid providers, of increased risks and a reduced ability to defend against whistleblower complaints since the passage of the Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act of 2009 (“FERA”). The greatest risk comes from FERA’s addition of a new... Continue Reading →

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False Claims Act Update

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Appellate Court Cases Three appellate-level FCA cases were reported in January and February 2013. Only one, U.S. ex rel. Nathan v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., 1 was selected for publication. All three cases addressed Rule 9(b)’s requirement that allegations of fraud be lead “with particularity.” The cases, read together,... Continue Reading →

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Do whistleblowers have to plead with particularity for every claim?

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Pleading a False Claims Act case can be a tricky exercise, and in defending an FCA case, it is important to know just what the rules are for a whistleblower, and how they can fail to meet them. One of the most common mistakes made by whistleblowers is failing to “plead fraud... Continue Reading →

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United States ex rel. Gross v. AIDS Research Alliance-Chicago

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415 F.3d 601 (7th Cir. 2005) The whistleblower alleged that the Defendants filed a myriad of different “forms, written reports and study results” during the course of a federally-subsidized study. He did not state when the documents were filed, did not specifically identify any of them, and did not allege... Continue Reading →

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