Philip Morris Must Face FCA Suit Over Military Pricing

By Kat Greene (August 26, 2014, 6:07 PM EDT) -- Philip Morris USA Inc. will have to face a False Claims Act suit brought by the owner of another tobacco company that alleges government-run military exchanges paid higher prices than they were supposed to for nearly 2 million cartons of Marlboro cigarettes, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday.

The three-judge panel reversed a district court ruling that shut down the case, saying in their decision that the details of Philip Morris' deal with the military exchanges weren't public information ineligible for a citizen to bring forward for charges of fraud against the government.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled in June that...

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