US Blasts Fla. Hospital's Challenge To Standing In FCA Suit

Law360, Miami (January 31, 2014, 6:13 PM EST) -- The U.S. government on Friday blasted Halifax Hospital Medical Center's attacks on a relator's standing in a suit accusing the hospital of admitting Medicare patients for needless overnight stays, calling the assertion a “tortured interpretation” of U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence.

The government's attorneys said Halifax's motion for judgment on the pleadings on the claims for False Claims Act civil penalties relies on a misunderstanding of Supreme Court precedent that has been rejected by two federal courts of appeal.

“Halifax is asking that this court ignore this...
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