Supreme Court Thwarts Whistleblower's Payday

Law360, New York (March 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a ruling that clarifies the meaning of the term “original source” in cases brought under the False Claims Act, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that a retired engineer who filed a qui tam suit over practices at the nuclear weapons plant where he worked is not eligible to share $4.2 million the government won after fraud at the plant came to light.

While Tuesday’s ruling may make plaintiffs counsel think twice about pursuing certain qui tam suits, it won’t significantly reduce the number of...
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