Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Matt Curley provided insight to Law360 for an article analyzing the Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari concerning a case that may have addressed the discrepancies surrounding how False Claims Act (FCA) suits are pleaded. There is currently a split within the federal appellate courts regarding how the heightened pleading requirements of Rule 9(b) should be applied to FCA claims.

“Given recent history, it is difficult to envision a scenario in which the Supreme Court would be eager to weigh in as to how the requirements of Rule 9(b) should be applied to FCA claims in the near term,” said Matt. “A relaxed or watered-down version of Rule 9(b) often allows complaints to proceed where there is no real connection between the alleged fraud scheme and any actual false claims.”

The full article, “Will High Court Ever End Circuit Split Over FCA Pleading,” was published by Law360 on April 20, 2018, and is available online.

Additional details about healthcare-related FCA settlements can be found in our Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2017. The Review, compiled by the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force, is an in-depth and comprehensive review of enforcement settlements, court decisions and developments affecting the healthcare industry. Download a copy of The Review here.