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Roger Lewis Shares Thoughts on Potential U.S. Supreme Court Review of Purported FCA Circuit Split in Law360

June 9, 2022
Law360

In a recent article published in Law360, Roger Lewis drew on his extensive experience in the representation of whistleblowers in False Claims Act (FCA) cases to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s assessment of pending petitions seeking the Supreme Court's review of a purported division between Circuit Courts, despite the Department of Justice’s claim in a brief submitted on behalf of the U.S. Solicitor General that the Circuit split is "exaggerated."

Currently, there are three pending cases before the Supreme Court to determine if FCA whistleblowers, or "relators," must identify specific fraudulent billing claims in their pleadings to satisfy pleading standards, specifically Rule 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. At the Supreme Court's invitation, the U.S. Solicitor General weighed in with its recommendation that the Supreme Court should deny certiorari review in the first of these cases because, in the eyes of the government, there is no such Circuit split requiring Supreme Court intervention. In its brief submitted for the Solicitor General, the Department of Justice explained that, notwithstanding the position of the litigants in these cases, the Circuit Courts have set out a sufficiently clear and consistent set of standards for pleading FCA cases, with none articulating a "bright line" rule requiring FCA relators to identify specific fraudulent billing claims in their complaints in every instance.

In “FCA Split Has High Court Momentum Despite DOJ’s Critique,” Roger explains the position of the DOJ saying, “The government is likely satisfied overall with the status quo on this issue in the circuit courts.” If the Supreme Court were to take one or more of the pending appeals, it is not known whether the status quo would be maintained or disrupted. To avoid Supreme Court review and the possibility of disruption, “[t]he government has made an articulate, thoughtful case that the split is exaggerated, if not nonexistent,” said Roger.

The full article can be read here.

Roger Lewis is a principal in the firm’s Litigation Group. His practice focuses on the federal and state FCAs and complex commercial litigation in the state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Since he has joined Goldberg Kohn's FCA practice, the firm's cases have returned more than half a billion dollars to state and federal treasuries.  In addition to general commercial contract and tort matters, his cases have involved lending and financial institution litigation, consumer and property tax litigation, FCA litigation and partnership and shareholder issues.

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