DC Circuit Creates Split on Scope of First-to-File Rule Under False Claims Act
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team
Under the so-called first-to-file rule, “[w]hen a person brings an action under the False Claims Act, no person other than the Government may intervene or bring a related action based on the facts underlying the pending action.” 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(5). The rule serves two primary purposes. It encourages whistleblowers with allegations of fraud to come forward as quickly as...