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Head on Collision: 5th Circuit Crashes Into Massive $663M Guard Rail Jury Verdict on Materiality Grounds

The story behind the Trinity Industries False Claims Act (FCA) litigation is one that is becoming too familiar for companies that do business with federal and state governments. Luckily, that story now has some silver lining, after the Fifth Circuit recently overturned a massive $663 million jury verdict against the company.… Continue Reading

Materiality Part I: Distinguishing Important Representations from the Minor or Insubstantial

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a five-part series on how U.S. district courts and courts of appeal have applied the materiality standard set forth in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar. In Escobar, the Supreme Court described several factors that a district court should consider in assessing whether a particular … Continue Reading

First Circuit on Escobar Remand: Relators’ Allegations of Regulatory Violations Sufficiently Material to State a Claim Under the FCA

On remand from the Supreme Court’s Escobar decision, the First Circuit holds that Universal Health Services’ (UHS) alleged failure to adequately staff its facilities in compliance with Massachusetts health care regulations is sufficiently material to survive UHS’s motion to dismiss.  The decision is not a complete surprise, but is nevertheless noteworthy because it reflects the … Continue Reading

The Government’s Take on Materiality After Escobar

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016), we expected significant False Claims Act litigation over the Act’s materiality standard.  Such litigation is a direct consequence of Escobar’s holding, which does not limit the implied certification theory to violations of conditions of … Continue Reading
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