7th Circ. Tosses Qui Tam Suit Over Wordy Brief

Law360, New York (March 9, 2011, 10:43 PM EST) -- The Seventh Circuit dismissed Wednesday a qui tam suit brought by former employees of an Indiana hospital after the plaintiffs' attorney insisted he be allowed to stick with an 18,000-word brief, which exceeded the court's word limit by 4,000 words.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said that sanctions — including outright dismissal of a case — can be brought against attorneys who ignore word-count limits the court imposes on briefs.

Accordingly, the panel threw out the False Claims...
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