7th Circ. Affirms FCA Suit Toss Due To Atty's Conduct

Law360, New York (August 28, 2009, 1:48 PM EDT) -- An appeals court has refused to resurrect a False Claims Act suit against companies including Sallie Mae Inc., ruling that the plaintiff's lawyer's conduct — which included consistently missed deadlines and a leak of confidential information to a reporter — was appropriately punished with a dismissal.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

“The district court certainly was entitled to say, 'enough is enough,'” the opinion said....
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