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U.S. Supreme Court Extends Statute of Limitations for Privately Initiated False Claims Act Lawsuits

National Law Review

In this article, Joseph Rillotta, along with his colleague at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, explains the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the matter of Cochise Consultancy, Inc. et al. v. U.S. ex rel. Hunt.  As expected, the Court embraced the view previously adopted by the Eleventh Circuit, that there is no persuasive basis for distinguishing between Department of Justice-initiated and relator-initiated federal False Claims Act (FCA) cases with respect to the statute of limitations. In light of the Court's ruling, companies must be aware they may now be vulnerable to relator FCA claims for even longer periods of time.