Mass. Top Court Nixes 911 Suit, Bars LLC Whistleblowers

Law360 (August 7, 2018, 3:40 PM EDT) -- Four years of legal wrangling over 911 emergency dispatch surcharges that telephone providers pay in Massachusetts ended on Tuesday with a succinct ruling from the state's top court saying a limited liability company had no business trying to recoup roughly $200 million on behalf of the state government.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Phone Recovery Services LLC lacked standing as an "individual" under the Massachusetts False Claims Act and therefore could not sue Verizon of New England Inc., Comcast Business Communications and several other phone servicers qui tam.

Unlike the federal FCA, which allows both corporations and humans to...

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