Calif. FCA Ruling Could Impact Federal FCA Cases

Law360, New York (March 18, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT) -- Although California ethics rules generally prohibit ex parte communications between plaintiffs and the employees of defendants, a recent California appellate court decision held that this prohibition does not apply to communications in California state False Claims Act matters between a qui tam plaintiff and a defendant’s employees. San Francisco United School District ex. rel. Contreras v. First Student Inc., --- Cal. Rptr. 3d --- (Cal. App. Feb. 19, 2013). If extended to its logical conclusion, this decision would mean that qui tam plaintiffs and their attorneys...
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