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October 24, 2016

24 October 2016

FCA Case Against Nursing Home Remanded After Sixth Circuit Applies Relaxed FCA Pleading Standard for the First Time

On September 30, 2016, the Sixth Circuit remanded a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit against Brookdale Senior Living Solutions (the “defendant” or “Brookdale”), which alleges, among other things, that physician signatures on home care certifications and care plans were late and that Brookdale paid physicians to provide certifications for patients that did not require home care.  Specifically, the Sixth Circuit reversed and remanded the district court’s dismissal of United States ex rel. Prather v. Brookdale Senior Living Cmtys., Inc., Case No. 15-6377, holding that the relator “sufficiently plead the submission of particular claims to the government because she provided a detailed description of the alleged fraudulent scheme, and included her own personal knowledge of the review of Medicare claims for submission.”

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24 October 2016

Seventh Circuit Rejects False Claims Act and Retaliation Claims Premised on Purported Contractual Violations

In United States ex rel. Uhlig v. Fluor Corp., et al., No. 14-2815 (7th Cir. Oct. 11, 2016), the Seventh Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of Fluor Corporation (“Fluor”) in an FCA action premised on alleged contract violations and whistleblower retaliation.  The decision sets a relatively high bar for proving the existence of “protected” whistleblower activity and is particularly helpful for defendants seeking to defeat retaliation claims under the FCA.

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