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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Cochise Consultancy, Seems Poised to Effectively Extend 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, reports on oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the matter of Cochise Consultancy, Inc. et al. v. U.S. ex rel. Hunt, a case addressing the statute of limitations provisions for relator-initiated actions under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq.  The Court seemed poised to adopt an expansive interpretation of the FCA, with an extended period of time for relators to bring suit.