Convicted Whistleblower Cut Out Of $19M FCA Suit

Law360, New York (May 14, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Washington state on Monday tossed a whistleblower from a $19 million False Claims Act suit alleging contractor CH2M Hill Hanford Group Inc. allowed its employees to fraudulently claim excess work hours at a nuclear site, citing his criminal conviction in connection with the scheme.

U.S. District Judge Lonny R. Suko ruled that the section of the FCA that disqualifies real estate agents convicted of criminal conduct arising from the basis of a qui tam action is not ambiguous.

“Its plain language mandates...
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