Fla. Heart Clinic Can't Use Bankruptcy To Duck FCA Suit

Law360, Miami (April 26, 2016, 11:40 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge decided Tuesday not to apply an automatic bankruptcy stay requested by a cardiovascular health care provider in a False Claims Act suit against it, agreeing with federal prosecutors that the case falls under a law enforcement exemption.

The issue came up after the defendants — the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC; its founder, Asad Qamar; and Qamar’s wife, Humeraa Qamar — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last Wednesday and filed a related request the same day that an automatic stay should apply to the FCA case, which accuses them of billing Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary procedures....

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