August 18, 2020

On Appeal, Justice Dept. Prevails In Bid To Dismiss Pharma Fraud Case

A federal appeals court ordered the dismissal of a whistleblower lawsuit alleging fraud against the government, ruling that a judge had improperly refused to toss the case at the U.S. Justice Department’s (DOJ) request, according to a report in

A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that the DOJ was “not close” to overstepping its authority when it asked for the dismissal of a whistleblower lawsuit, claiming that the drugmaker UCB Inc. had violated the False Claims Act (FCA).

The FCA allows whistleblowers to bring lawsuits in the name of the government and receive a portion of any money recovered, while also allowing DOJ to intervene and take charge of the cases. The FCA also provides the DOJ with the ability to go to court and ask for the dismissal of whistleblowers’ cases.

The DOJ moved in December 2018 to dismiss the case against UCB, came months after the release of a memo outlining when the government should exercise its rarely-used authority to toss whistleblower lawsuits when they consider them “meritless” or “parasitic”. 

News WV Gov. Justice Signs Intermediate Court Bill Into Law News ILR and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Partner with Howard Law School for New Fellowship, Scholarships Other Issues News Judge Blocks Prop 65 Lawsuits Citing 'Unresolved Scientific Debate' Class Action Litigation News Asbestos Lawyer Who Was Prevented From Practicing In Iowa Is Now Trying To Practice In South Carolina News In The News Today-April 7, 2021 Third Party Litigation Funding (TPLF)
We Use Cookies to Make your Experience Better

What do we use cookies for?

We use cookies and similar technologies to recognize your repeat visits and preferences, as well as to measure the effectiveness of campaigns and analyze traffic. To learn more about cookies, including how to disable them, view our Cookie Policy. By clicking "I Accept" or "X" on this banner, or using our site, you consent to the use of cookies unless you have disabled them.