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The Lawyer’s Corner: The Blog for the Qui Tam Attorney

Our blog contains summaries of recent, significant, False Claims Act court rulings.

7th Circuit Adopts “Net Trebling” Approach for FCA Damages

  In U.S. v. Anchor Mortgage Corp., 711 F.3d 745 (7th Cir. 2013), the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rejected the district court’s use of a “gross trebling” approach to compute False Claims Act damages in a case involving false statements made to obtain federal housing loan guarantees. In an opinion by Judge...

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1st Circuit Rules Non-Specific Complaint Can Trigger First-to-File Bar

  Agreeing with the decision by the D.C. Circuit in United States ex rel. Batiste v. SLM Corp., 659 F.3d 1204 ( 2011), and rejecting the reasoning of the 6th Circuit in Walburn v. Lockheed Martin Corp., 431 F.3d 966 (6th Cir. 2005),  the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in  U.S. ex rel. Heineman-Guta...

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Federal Circuit Rejects “Fraud in Inducement” Theory in Kickback Case

  In Kellogg Brown & Root Svcs., Inc. v. United States,, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 18447 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 5, 2013), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected “fraud in the inducement” as a viable theory for finding all claims submitted under a contract obtained through kickbacks to be false and also refused...

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D.C. District Court Rules FCA Claims Survive Relator’s Death

  In a case involving allegations by two relators that a government subcontractor submitted false invoices for information technology services, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia joined the resounding chorus and held that the claims that a qui tam plaintiff asserts on behalf of the United States survive his death. U.S....

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District Court Finds Fees Paid to Qui Tam Counsel in 2003 are Deductible

  In Bagley v. United States, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109801 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 5, 2013), the US District Court for the Central District of California held that a qui tam relator who diligently assisted the government throughout  the litigation of two federal False Claims Act (FCA) cases against  the defense contractor, TRW, Inc., investing...

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