Justices Asked To Clarify FCA Liability For Universities

Law360, Los Angeles (February 10, 2014, 4:09 PM EST) -- A University of Texas Health Science Center professor who filed a whistleblower suit claiming a colleague falsified research data asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to clarify the standard for deciding whether state universities and other political subdivisions can be found liable under the False Claims Act.

In a petition for writ of certiorari, Terri King said the Fifth Circuit incorrectly found that the Houston-based research center is an "arm of the state" exempt from qui tam suits under the FCA. King argued that the high court has never provided concrete guidance on the proper standard for determining whether certain...

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