UnitedHealth Beats FCA Suit Over Hospital Payments

Law360, New York (May 4, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT) -- An appeals court in New York ruled Tuesday that hospitals could not act as whistleblowers in a False Claims Act suit accusing UnitedHealth Group Inc. of defrauding the state of health care surcharges because their allegations were already public.

The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court upheld an April 2010 ruling that the hospitals did not have standing to sue as relators under the state FCA because their allegations had already been publicized in part due to previous suits accusing the insurer of fraudulently...
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