Shippers' Case Addresses Atty Fee Awards Under FCA

By Steven Gordon, Holland & Knight LLP (May 16, 2017, 3:12 PM EDT) -- The False Claims Act provides that prevailing qui tam relators are entitled to an award of reasonable attorneys' fees in addition to receiving a share of the recovery. Sometimes the amount of those attorneys' fees becomes a contested matter that has to be resolved by the court. A recent decision by the federal court in the District of Columbia addresses a number of the recurring issues that arise in such fee disputes. U.S. ex rel. Raggio v. Seaboard Marine Limited, Case. No. 1:10-cv-01908-BJR (D.D.C. May 4, 2017).

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