Tag Archives: False Claims Act (FCA)

‘Implied Certification’ Theory Under the False Claims Act to be Reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7, to review the “implied certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act.  In recent years, that theory has been applied in a wide variety of circumstances with increased frequency, exposing defendants to substantial damages … Continue Reading

Federal Appeals Court Rejects False Claims Act Suit Based on Drug Packaging cGMP Violations

This post was also written by James C. Martin. Recently the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the relator’s False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against Omnicare in United States ex rel. Rostholder v. Omnicare, Inc., a decision having significant repercussions for the pharmaceutical industry and broader FCA jurisprudence. … Continue Reading

Government Sanctioned in False Claims Act Case for Failing to Preserve Documents

This post was written by Andrew Bernasconi and Nathan Fennessy. As we noted previously, there has been increasing attention in False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases to whistleblowers who fail to preserve relevant evidence. Now, in a recent decision in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, the government has been sanctioned for its … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Holds that Proper Measure of FCA Damages for Grant Recipient is the Full Amount of the Grant

This post was also written by Andrew C. Bernasconi and Nathan R. Fennessy. In a troubling decision that could have significant implications for grant recipients, the Second Circuit recently held that the proper measure of damages in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case against a grant recipient is the full amount of the grant, regardless of … Continue Reading

FCA Qui Tam Relator Sanctioned for Failing to Produce Documents

This post was written by Andrew C. Bernasconi and Nathan Fennessy. Continuing the recent trend of decisions sanctioning whistleblowers for failing to comply with their discovery obligations (see our previous posts “Whistleblower Precluded from Relying Upon Stolen Records for False Claims Act Case” and “FCA Qui Tam Relator Sanctioned for Destroying Evidence on Company-Issued Laptop”), the … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Upholds Ability of Government Employee Whose Job is to Investigate Fraud to Bring Qui Tam False Claims Actions

This post was written by Scot T. Hasselman, Andrew C. Bernasconi, Nathan Fennessy, and Gunjan Talati. In a case of first impression in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the court held in United States ex rel. Little v. Shell Exploration & Production Co., No. 11-20320 (5th Cir. July 31, 2012) … Continue Reading

FCA Qui Tam Relator Sanctioned for Destroying Evidence on Company-Issued Laptop

This post was written by Andrew Bernasconi and Nathan Fennessy. In yet another reminder about the importance of maintaining evidence on company-issued laptops, BlackBerrys, or other electronic devices, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently sanctioned a qui tam relator for destroying more than 10,000 documents on his company-issued laptop. Moore … Continue Reading
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