Contract Breaches Can Lead To False Claims Liability

Law360, New York (September 23, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT) -- The California First District Court of Appeal has issued an opinion which may place a heavy burden on public works contractors under the California False Claims Act, Cal. Gov't Code § 12650 et seq.

In San Francisco Unified School Dist. v. Laidlaw Transit Inc., the Court of Appeal applied the federal "implied certification" doctrine to hold that when a contractor on a public works project submits a request for payment to the public entity at a time when the contractor knows it is in breach of...
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