Mass. Asks 1st Circ. To Revive UHS False Claims Act Suit

Law360, New York (August 27, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT) -- Massachusetts on Monday asked the First Circuit to revive a qui tam suit alleging Universal Health Services Inc. improperly billed the government for mental health services provided by unlicensed practitioners, saying a lower court was overly rigid in interpreting conditions for determining False Claims Act liability.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed an amicus curiae brief asking the First Circuit to reverse U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock's March 28 dismissal of a qui tam suit launched by relators Carmen Correa and her husband Julio Escobar over mental health services that unlicensed counselors provided to their daughter. The relators alleged UHS...

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