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September 7, 2017

The Hartford Dispensary will pay $627,000 through a federal-state settlement to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying to federal and state officials that it had a current medical director that was performing his duties in accordance with federal and state law. In 2014, the Office of the Attorney General commenced an investigation after a whistleblower complaint about the Hartford Dispensary, a private nonprofit behavioral health organization; the investigation was followed by a qui tam lawsuit alleging various violations of the state and federal False Claims Act. The state’s investigation focused on services that Hartford Dispensary provides as an opioid treatment program – primarily methadone and detoxification services.

June 29, 2017

Constantine Cannon associate Rosie Griffin quoted in the Bloomberg BNA article, Government Behavior Overtakes Conditions of Payment in FCA actions. Click here to read more.

June 9, 2017

Eric Havian quoted in the Bloomberg article on the Supreme Court's Escobar decision, Growing Pains Remain One Year After Implied Certification Ruling. Click here to read the article.

Ninth Circuit Applies Escobar, Dismisses Whistleblower Suit against Government Contractor

Posted  01/18/17
By Hallie Noecker Last Thursday, the Ninth Circuit issued United States ex rel. Kelly v. Serco, Inc., the latest in a series of False Claims Act decisions—including in the First, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits—wrestling with the Supreme Court’s holding on materiality in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar. Citing Escobar’s “rigorous” and “demanding” materiality standard, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment dismissal of...

Post-Escobar, Seventh Circuit Again Dismisses Suit Against For-Profit Educational Institution

Posted  11/18/16
By Hallie Noecker Another federal circuit recently weighed in to apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar. Escobar was largely a victory for the United States and whistleblowers combatting fraud under the False Claims Act (FCA), resolving a split in the federal circuits by unanimously upholding implied false certification as a viable theory of FCA liability. Following the decision, however,...

In Their Own Words — Stewart

Posted  04/20/16
-- The term "implied certification" is new. . . .  But the concept that a person can be held liable for fraud even though he says nothing explicitly false but labors to create a false impression, that's been around for ages. Malcom Stewart, Deputy Solicitor General, arguing before the Supreme Court in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar.

Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Suit Against KBR Will Go Forward: False Certification of Compliance Not Needed To State a Claim

Posted  10/21/15
C|C Whistleblower Team By Janice Kelly A whistleblower suit against KBR will go forward after a district court judge found that relators’ complaint sufficiently alleged a violation of the False Claims Act. Judge Michael M. Mihm found that relators’ claims that KBR sidestepped required inventory controls and ordered hundreds of millions of dollars of unneeded materials met the FCA’s requirement that fraud be pleaded with particularity.  Constantine Cannon is lead counsel for...

First Circuit Joins Growing Number Of Courts Taking More Reasoned View Of What Constitutes Fraud Under The False Claims Act

Posted  03/19/15
By Gordon Schnell The False Claims Act is all about addressing fraud resulting in financial loss to the government.  But the statute does not actually define what constitutes this essential element.  Instead, it has been up to the courts to decide how far to extend the statute's ultimate reach.  This has led to a divergence of views with some courts taking a narrow and more formalistic approach to the statute's coverage,...

Fourth Circuit Embraces Expansive View of False Claims Act Fraud and Materiality In Triple Canopy Ruling

Posted  01/15/15
By Gordon Schnell Another circuit court decision giving a properly expansive view of what it takes to make out a fraud claim under the False Claims Act.  This one from the Fourth Circuit in United States v. Triple Canopy, Inc..  Before the Court were two key questions.  One, whether a defense contractor's claim for payment still could be false when there was nothing false on the face of the invoice. ...

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