NY Says Its Law Firm Fees Can't Trigger FCA Liability

Law360, New York (February 28, 2014, 6:03 PM EST) -- New York can't be targeted for liability by a qui tam plaintiff who says the state improperly used federal funds to pay law firm Raff & Becker LLP to monitor its unemployment insurance appeal board, a lawyer for the state said Friday, citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent that says a state is not a “person” within the meaning of the federal False Claims Act.

A brief by counsel Garrett Coyle of the New York State Attorney General's Office says the high court's 2000 U.S. ex rel....
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