9th Circ. Won't Revive Whistleblower's Wiretap Suit

Law360, New York (February 6, 2017, 7:42 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit declined to revive a False Claims Act suit brought by a former federal prosecutor-turned-whistleblower accusing AT&T, Sprint and other telecoms of overcharging the government for wiretapping services, finding on Monday that the whistleblower hasn't shown he was the original source of the fraud allegations.

In a published opinion, a three-judge panel affirmed a California district court's November 2013 order that cleared the telecom companies of relator John C. Prather's allegations. The circuit court agreed with U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer's finding that Prather was not the original source of the claims and didn't demonstrate direct knowledge of fraud.

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