Takeaway: 6th Circuit provided a path forward for a common defense contracting fraud allegation.
In United States ex rel. USN4U, LLC v. Wolf Creek Federal Services the 6th Circuit overturned the lower courts dismissal of a qui tam complaint that alleged a NASA contractor knowingly inflated the prices of its labor costs in Cost Estimates for fixed price contracts.
The Fourth Circuit becomes the most recent Circuit Court to adopt the test for the Anti-Kickback Statute 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b) “that at least one purpose of the remuneration was to induce the referral of services, rather than the primary purpose of the remuneration.” United States v. Mallory,
strong appeal in the concept of remaining anonymous for many whistleblowers but
unless you can prove both a fear of severe harm,
and that the fear of severe harm is reasonable, two recent Circuit Court
decisions illustrate how unlikely it is that you can remain in the shadows and
demonstrates the risks inherent to that pursuit.
On October 28, 2019, the Third Circuit became the most
recent circuit court to determine that the False Claims Act’s (“FCA”) other
alternate-remedy provision, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(c)(5), does not give a relator the
right to intervene in a criminal proceeding. United States v. Wegeler, 2019 WL 5538568,
On July 16, 2019, a
district court in California found that not all information that is posted on
the internet is considered a public disclosure by the “news media.” United States ex rel. Integra Med Analytics Llc
v. Providence Health & Servs.,
No. CV 17-1694 PSG (SSx),