US Preserves Most Claims In $150M Slaughterhouse FCA Suit

By Stewart Bishop (May 2, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday largely refused to trim a False Claims Act suit against parties tied to a slaughterhouse that allegedly supplied the National School Lunch program with beef from sick and disabled cows, saying the U.S. had raised triable issues of fact.

U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips said a summary judgment bid by slaughterhouse operator Cattleman's Choice Inc. — one of 11 defendants in the suit — to nix the government's damages theory failed because the government's argument that the slaughterhouse in question was ineligible to deal with the U.S. is an issue of fact for trial....

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