Pacific Lumber Seeks To Bar Whistleblower Claims

Law360, New York (September 14, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Pacific Lumber Co. has asked a bankruptcy court to prohibit plaintiffs from seeking $1 billion in two qui tam suits against the bankrupt logging company over alleged federal and state violations of the False Claims Act.

The qui tam actions – one brought on behalf of the state of California, the other on behalf of the U.S. – allege that Pacific Lumber made fraudulent claims in a 1999 deal over how much timber it could harvest in Northern California. But Pacific Lumber filed an adversary complaint...
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