Meet The Forthright Judge Who Crushed A $350M FCA Verdict

Law360, New York (February 21, 2018, 8:07 PM EST) -- When a Florida federal judge nuked a $350 million False Claims Act verdict last month, the eye-popping reversal was announced in an opinion teeming with bare-knuckle prose — the sort of ruthless writing that has made the judge a local legal legend.

U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday, a 26-year veteran of the federal bench in the Middle District of Florida, rocked the FCA bar by blowing up the nine-figure award. His ruling, which is being appealed, meant that one of the biggest jury verdicts in FCA...
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Case Information

Case Title

Ruckh v. CMC II, LLC et al

Case Number



Florida Middle

Nature of Suit

Other Statutes: False Claims Act


Steven D. Merryday

Date Filed

June 10, 2011

Case Title

Angela Ruckh v. Salus Rehabilitation, LLC, et al

Case Number



Appellate - 11th Circuit

Nature of Suit

1370 Other Fraud

Date Filed

February 8, 2018

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