Conclusory Allegations Won't Cut It Under FCA

Law360, New York (September 10, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit dismissed a qui tam relator's claims under the False Claims Act regarding allegedly defective devices sold to the government for failing to "clearly state the substance of the fraud that has been committed."[1] The court noted that "descriptive or conclusory allegations" are not sufficient.

Further, the court stated that the relator's allegations that merchantability was a "standard condition" of the contracts between the government and the contractor and that the government would not have paid the contractor had the government been aware of...
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