Public Disclosures Don't Bar Halliburton FCA Suit, Court Says

Law360, New York (September 20, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT) -- The False Claims Act’s public disclosure bar does not prevent a water purification specialist's lawsuit accusing Halliburton Co. and KBR Inc. of violating contractual duties to test and purify lavatory and drinking water used by U.S. troops in Iraq, a federal court in Virginia ruled on Thursday.

The FCA’s public disclosure bar jurisdictionally bans claims based on matters that were publicly disclosed unless the relator was the original source of the allegations. Although the court ruled that the companies did make public disclosures about the information...
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