On March 23, 2023, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama dismissed a qui tam lawsuit against 23 defendants alleging that a psychiatrist provided free nursing services to nursing homes in exchange for patient referrals in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law.  The district court determined that the relators’ complaint represented a “shotgun pleading” in violation of Eleventh Circuit standards and also failed to plead that any of the defendants submitted or caused false claims to be submitted with a sufficient indicia of reliability and failed to meet the heightened pleading requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b). We represented Brookdale Senior Living, Diversicare and NHC HealthCare in the lawsuit. The Bass, Berry & Sims team included Matt Curley, Brian Roark, Anna Grizzle, Glenn Rose, Angie Bergman, Wes Love and Peter Rathmell.