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Advocacy Group Warns 5th Circ. Not To Dissuade FCA Suits

Law360, Washington (March 23, 2017, 8:40 PM EDT) -- Taxpayers Against Fraud's nonprofit arm urged the Fifth Circuit Wednesday to revive a would-be whistleblower's False Claims Act suit accusing Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman of concealing the true cost of the hugely expensive F-35 fighter program, arguing relators like these need to be incentivized, not discouraged.

Former Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. employee Paul J. Solomon is precisely the type of whistleblower Congress had in mind when carving out an exception to the rule prohibiting FCA suits based on already-disclosed information, the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund said Wednesday.

The cost-performance analyst had been deemed a government employee barred from suing...

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Appellate - 5th Circuit

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3375 Other Statutes - False Claims Act

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January 13, 2017

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