Evidence Over Qui Tam Pay To Govt. Official Barred

Law360, New York (January 28, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A District of Columbia federal judge has barred the nonprofit group Project on Government Oversight from presenting evidence regarding allegedly illegal payments made to a government employee in a whistleblower action against oil companies.

Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on Wednesday that the group and U.S. Department of the Interior senior economist Robert A. Berman could not present evidence showing the group lacked the “subjective intent” to compensate Berman for his government services.

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