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Will Illinois State AG’s Action Put an End to Unabashed Abuse of State’s False Claims Law?

This past May, a Cook County Associate Judge dismissed 201 Illinois False Claims Act (IFCA) cases at the request of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The state’s action is an encouraging, albeit overdue, development in a long-running legal saga where one enterprising lawyer has harnessed the state’s enforcement power to pursue personal financial gain that provides little or no benefit to the public.

Much like its federal equivalent, the IFCA allows private citizens (relators) to file fraud claims on behalf of the state. The fraud must be based on a false claim, typically a violation of a law or regulation. If successful, relators can collect up to 30% of the award plus attorneys’ fees. Continue reading

United States v. DeCoster
On July 6, 2016, the Eighth Circuit affirmed a term of imprisonment for two executives of Quality Egg LLC under the “responsible corporate officer” (RCO) doctrine—a rare instance of strict supervisory liability in the criminal law. The decision was...
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Suttner v. Crane Co.
On June 28, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision holding valve manufacturer liable for failing to warn end users about asbestos dangers posed by replacement parts manufactured and installed by third parties. The decision...
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National Federation of Independent Business v. Perez
On June 27, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas preliminarily enjoined the Department of Labor’s new Persuader Rule, in part for violating the First Amendment. As WLF’s brief argued, the new rule facially discriminates...
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Gordon
On June 27, 2016, WLF filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, urging it to grant rehearing en banc in a case in which an appeals court panel upheld a massive judgment against WLF’s client, defendant Chance Gordon. The...
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RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. The European Community
On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Second Circuit decision that would have permitted private plaintiffs to sue for money damages under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) for injuries allegedly suffered...
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Court Uses Climate Change to Sharpen ESA’s Claws
By Kirk B. Maag, an attorney in Stoel Rives LLP’s Portland, OR office, and Olivier F. Jamin, a summer associate at the firm.
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