Firm Vindicates $100M False Claims Act Case Dismissal on Appeal
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. The court of appeals adopted the firm’s arguments completely, concluding that the plaintiff/relator was not a true whistleblower under the False Claims Act because his allegations were previously publicly disclosed in a prior federal lawsuit and a federal agency report.
While the complaint in the case had alleged that Planned Parenthood had sought excessive Medicaid reimbursements for contraceptives, Planned Parenthood had in fact complied with the relevant regulations and had openly and candidly communicated with state officials about its billing practices. The federal government had investigated the matter–as it does every False Claims Act allegations–and declined to pursue the case after several presentations by the firm.
Matthew Umhofer’s oral argument in the case before the Ninth Circuit can be watched here .