In this episode of S&C’s Critical Insights, Annie Ostrager, a Co-Head of S&C’s Labor & Employment Group, and Kamil Shields, a member of the Firm’s Criminal Defense & Investigations Group, provide an update on recent developments in whistleblower enforcement in the United States under the False Claims Act (“FCA”).
Annie and Kamil discuss recent Department of Justice enforcement activity involving whistleblowers under the FCA’s qui tam provision, which permits private citizens with knowledge of fraud to sue on behalf of the government. In particular, several of the matters involved the healthcare industry, underscoring that this an active area for qui tam litigation and enforcement actions.
In addition, Annie and Kamil discuss several qui tam cases currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. One of those cases, United States, ex rel. Jesse Polansky v. Executive Health Resources, Inc., addresses the issue of whether the government has the authority to dismiss a FCA suit after declining to proceed with the action. The Supreme Court will also hear argument on two consolidated cases from the Seventh Circuit regarding the applicable standard for scienter under the FCA. The Supreme Court’s decisions in these cases will be of critical importance for FCA whistleblowers and entities contracting with the government more broadly.
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