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Legal Insights and Perspectives for the Healthcare Industry

We invite Health Law Scan readers to join us on Thursday, July 22 at 3:00 pm ET for our next installment of the Fast Break webinar series. For this month’s edition of Fast Break, we will be joined by healthcare litigation partners Katie McDermott and Howard Young to analyze the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit's recently affirmed $114 million judgment in United States v. Mallory, a protracted suit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act against the owner of a specialty clinical laboratory and the individuals who led its sales operation.

The US Supreme Court issued its decision on May 13 in Cochise Consultancy v. United States ex rel Hunt, unanimously holding that the three-year tolling provision in 31 U.S.C. 3731 (b)(2) applies in favor of relators in declined FCA cases. This decision resolves a three-way split in the circuits on whether relators may have up to 10 years to pursue allegations in declined whistleblower cases.
There is an important pleading standard question being posed to the US Supreme Court in the petition for writ of certiorari by Intermountain Healthcare (IHC) in a False Claims Act (FCA) case filed by a whistleblower in 2012. The issue involves the pleading requirements under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b), which requires a plaintiff to plead fraud with particularity.