Rockwell Int'l Corp. v. United States ex rel. Stone
- Case Date: 10/26/2006
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On October 26, 2006, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to reverse a court of appeals decision that, if left intact, would greatly expand the ability of so-called relators and their attorneys to file abusive False Claims Act (FCA) cases against government contractors, contrary to the intent of Congress. The FCA has a very narrowly drafted "qui tam" provision that allows certain insiders or whistleblowers to file suit on behalf of the government if they are an original source of the information showing the claims were false. WLF argued in its brief that since the relator never had direct and independent knowledge of the information that was publicly disclosed, he could not, by definition, be an original source of that information. Unless the decision is reversed, plaintiffs and their attorneys will continue to file abusive FCA cases.
More Information and Downloads:
10/26/2006: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Supreme Court Curbs Abusive False Claims Act Lawsuits