Grassley Aims To Curb Justice Department's FCA Dismissals

Law360 (July 31, 2020, 7:40 PM EDT) -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is writing legislation to curb a significant uptick in U.S. Department of Justice efforts to dismiss whistleblower False Claims Act cases, saying those dismissals run counter to the statute's purpose.

Significant amendments made to the FCA in 1986 were intended to "empower whistleblowers," and the broad leeway many courts are giving the DOJ to dismiss qui tam whistleblower suits without stating a reason undermines those changes, Grassley said Thursday.

Grassley is the author of the 1986 amendments, which included increasing the share of an FCA recovery owed to the relator — to as much as 30% of...

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