11th Circ. Weighs Fla. Water District's Immunity Defense

Law360, Miami (November 7, 2013, 6:03 PM EST) -- The Eleventh Circuit heard arguments Thursday over whether the South Florida Water Management District is an arm of the state and thus immune to a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit seeking more than $70 million in damages.

Former employee Michael Lesinski claims the district submitted $24 million in false claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement of costs to repair flood control canals damaged by hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, but the trial court dismissed the suit after the district argued that it is...
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