7th Circ. Revives FCA Case, Rips Whistleblower's Tactics

Law360, Washington (August 29, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit determined Wednesday that the qui tam plaintiff accusing a Wisconsin psychiatrist of filing false Medicaid claims wasn't required to name expert witnesses to explain the Medicaid payment system to a jury, but criticized the plaintiff for using “unsavory tactics.”

A three-judge panel blasted a Wisconsin federal judge for using “overly rigid interpretations” of the False Claims Act to grant psychiatrist Jennifer King-Vassel summary judgment in the whistleblower case against her, saying it held plaintiff Toby T. Watson to an excessively high standard. Watson...
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