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

U.S. District Court for Southern District of Indiana Holds That Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 9(b) Does Not Require Relator to Plead Allegations with Particularity for All of Twenty Defendants When Defendants Are Engaged Together in Same Schemes

  In United States ex rel. Herron v. Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group. Inc., No. 1:06-cv-1778-JMS-DML, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23610 (S.D. Ind. Feb. 21, 2013), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana found that the relators had met the pleading requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b) in a qui tam action against...

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U.S. District Court for Central District of California Rules that Even Public Disclosures Lacking Particularity Operate as a Bar & Original Source Exception Requires Relator to Have Caused the Public Disclosures

  In United States ex rel. Mateski v. Raytheon Co., No. 2:06-cv-3614-ODW, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26398 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 26, 2013), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled that public disclosures can bar a qui tam action even when they lack particularity and that a relator must have had a...

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U.S. District Court for Middle District of Florida Finds that Relator’s Action Is Not Precluded Under Public Disclosure Bar by Another Relator’s Qui Tam Action

  In United States ex rel. Ana v. Winter Park Urology Associates., P.A., No. 6:10-cv-806-Orl-28TBS, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19419 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 13, 2013), the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida held that the public disclosure bar did not apply when the alleged public disclosure was “another qui tam suit involving...

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U.S. District Court for Southern District of Ohio Enforces Arbitration Agreement between Defendants and Plaintiffs in False Claims Act Action in Which Government Declined to Intervene

  In Deck v. Miami Jacobs Business College Co., No. 3:12-cv-63, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14845 (S.D. Ohio Jan. 31, 2013), the court ordered the defendants and the relators to arbitrate False Claims Act (FCA) claims and other non-FCA claims in an action in which the government declined to intervene.  The court dismissed all claims...

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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Grants Summary Judgment in Favor of Defendant in Action Brought Under FCA’s Anti-Retaliation Provision

  In Dillon v. SAIC, Inc., No. 1-12-CV-390, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11200 (E.D. Va. Jan. 28, 2013), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted the defendant government contractor’s motion for summary judgment in an action brought under the False Claims Act’s (“FCA”) anti-retaliation provision. Factual and Procedural History: The plaintiff...

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U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Rules that False Claims Act as Amended by Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 Does Not Prohibit Retaliation by Non-Employers

  The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in Howell v. Town of Ball, et al., Civil Action No. 12-951, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 181217 (W.D. La. Dec. 21, 2012) (Howell II), denied a plaintiff’s motion to reconsider its previous ruling that the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et...

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U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri Rules that College’s Compliance with Program Participation Agreement Under Title IV of Higher Education Act of 1965 Was Material to Government’s Payment Decisions

  In United States ex rel. Sillman v. Weston Edu. Inc., No. 4:11-CV-00112-NKL, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175637 (W.D. Mo. Dec. 12, 2012), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri held that the defendant for-profit college’s compliance with a program participation agreement (“PPA” or “program participation agreement”) under Title IV of the...

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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules that Army Audit Agency and Government Accountability Office Reports Were Not “Public Disclosures” Under FCA’s Public Disclosure Bar

  In Berg v. Honeywell Int’l, Inc., No. 11-35001, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 25897 (9th Cir. Dec. 19, 2012), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the term “public disclosures” in the pre-2010 False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq., does not include  reports prepared on behalf of the Army Audit...

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