Scott Stein at Sidley Austin's Original Source blog writes about the case Halasa v. ITT Educational Services, Inc., 8/14/12, wherein the Seventh Circuit recently dismissed a False Claims Act retaliation claim and rejected the plaintiff's claim that "constructive knowledge" on the part of those who discharged him was sufficient to prove retaliation. The Court found that without actual knowledge of plaintiff's protected activities, plaintiff had not established a "causal link" between the plaintiff's reports of irregularities and his termination.
Under the column of interesting qui tams, the Department of Justice recently announced it had intervened in a qui tam suit filed against none other than the polling organization, Gallup. "According to the whistleblower’s complaint, Gallup violated the False Claims Act by giving the government inflated estimates of the number of hours that it would take to perform its services, even though it had separate and lower internal estimates of the number of hours that would be required. The complaint further alleges that the government paid Gallup based on the inflated estimates, rather than Gallup’s lower internal estimates."
- District Court Rules That Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act Suspends False Claims Act's Six-Year Statute of Limitations
A. Brian Albritton
August 30, 2012