4th Circ. Shows Expired FCA Claims Can Haunt Contractors

Law360, New York (March 27, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit recently became the first federal appeals court to hold that a little-used World War II-era law suspends the False Claims Act's statute of limitations during wartime, a ruling that effectively eviscerates the time limits for civil fraud cases against government contractors.

In U.S. ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton, the Fourth Circuit reversed a lower court's dismissal of a suit alleging Halliburton Co. and KBR Inc. billed the government for water purification work they never did at U.S. bases in Al Asad and Ar...
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