Whistleblower's State Retaliation Claim Revived In FCA Suit

Law360, Washington (September 30, 2015, 1:59 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Tuesday reinstated a whistleblower's state law retaliation claim against a fire-safety defense contractor accused of overbilling the federal government, finding that a recent Washington Supreme Court ruling nixed the legal theory that the federal False Claims Act is the exclusive remedy. 

U.S. District Judge Lonny R. Suko found that the Washington Supreme Court's Sept. 17 ruling in Rose v. Anderson Hay and Grain Co. paved the way to revive whistleblower Maximillian Salazar III's state law claim that he was wrongfully discharged by Monaco Enterprises Inc. According to Judge Suko, the state Supreme Court reversed the 2011...

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