DC Circ. Shuts Down Sallie Mae FCA Suit

Law360, New York (November 4, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a suit brought by a former employee accusing SLM Financial Corp., parent company of student loan giant Sallie Mae, of obtaining federal guarantees by concealing an unlawful forbearance policy in violation of the False Claims Act.

A three-judge panel said U.S. District Judge Richard Leon correctly dismissed the suit brought by former SLM loan associate Sheldon Batiste in September 2010 on the grounds that it was barred by the FCA's first-to-file rule due to nearly identical claims...
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