10th Circ. Revives Whistleblower Suit V. Kerr-McGee

Law360, New York (September 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- U.S. Department of the Interior whistleblower Bobby Maxwell scored a victory Wednesday when a federal appeals court threw out a district court ruling that it lacked jurisdiction over his qui tam suit accusing Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Corp. of underpaying the U.S. government approximately $10 million in royalties.

The lower court had ruled that information underlying the lawsuit had been previously disclosed to the public and therefore Maxwell, an auditor with the Minerals Management Service, did not fall within the original source exception, depriving the court...
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