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 Ramadi, Iraq. The decision, dated March 18, held that the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act...

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