Researcher Can't Revive FCA Counterclaims Against Feds

Law360, Washington (November 21, 2017, 5:24 PM EST) -- A South Dakota federal judge rejected a bid to revive counterclaims by a researcher convicted of fraudulently obtaining a research grant by claiming work was done by a postdoctoral candidate who couldn’t get an H-1 visa, finding Monday that sovereign immunity shields the government from his claims of malicious prosecution.

Scott Thompson, who both civil and criminal courts found lied to obtain a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant in 2009, wanted to amend his counterclaim to identify investigators rather than just prosecutors. But U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken...
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United States of America v. Scott Thompson d/b/a Isosceles LLC


Case Number

5:15-cv-05060

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South Dakota

Nature of Suit

Other Statutes: False Claims Act

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Jeffrey L. Viken

Date Filed

August 19, 2015

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