Fourth Circuit Dismisses Lawsuit Based on Lawyer’s Knowledge Under the Public Disclosure Bar of the False Claims Act
The Fourth Circuit ruled recently that a False Claims Act
case must be dismissed because it was based on information that the attorney representing the qui tam
plaintiff had learned during a prior litigation. In doing so, the court applied what has become known as the “public disclosure bar” – a provision in the False Claims Act that strips a court of jurisdiction to hear cases based on information that has...