Published: December 6, 2016

The Supreme Court ruled today (December 6, 2016) in State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby, ___ S. Ct. ___ (2016). The case probed whether a violation of the False Claims Act’s seal requirement mandated dismissal of a Relator’s complaint.

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Published: November 7, 2016

We blogged in September about State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby, 136 S. Ct. 2386 (2016), a case that is pending before the United States Supreme Court. On Tuesday, November 1, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Rigsby—here is a recap.

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Published: September 14, 2016

Supreme Court May Soon Determine if Violation of False Claims Act’s Seal Requirement Requires Automatic Dismissal or Analysis of Harm to Government

The Supreme Court plans to review a decision that allowed relators to maintain their False Claims Act lawsuit even after a series of disclosures that may have violated the law’s requirement that lawsuits be “sealed” and hidden from defendants and the public for 60 days after they are initially filed.

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Published: May 19, 2015

An Ohio federal district court ruled earlier this week that a non-profit law firm was not an “original source” and thus could not bring claims as a relator under the False Claims Act (FCA).  The non-profit law firm, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), contended that U.S. Bank, N.A. defrauded the federal government by submitting insurance claims for foreclosed properties which had mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  ABLE argued that U.S.

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Published: March 24, 2015

The Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a qui tam complaint pursuant to the public disclosure bar of the False Claims Act.  Relator Marc Osheroff alleged several health clinics and health insurers that contracted with clinics violated the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law by providing a variety of free services including transportation, meals, spa and salon services, and entertainment to patients.

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