Circuit Split On FCA Pleading Is Real, High Court Hears

Law360 (August 29, 2018, 6:11 PM EDT) -- A whistleblower social worker on Tuesday accused a Florida-based hospice chain of downplaying a circuit split on required specificity in False Claims Act suits and urged the U.S. Supreme Court to create a "uniform pleading standard applicable throughout the country."

Nancy Chase, an ex-employee at hospice chain Chapters Health System Inc., made the assertion in a reply brief that pressed the Supreme Court to hear her case, which the Eleventh Circuit in January deemed too flimsy. At issue is Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b), which requires that FCA suits be pled with "particularity."

Chapters Health this month argued that any...

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