The More Important Part Of High Court's KBR Ruling

Law360, New York (May 26, 2015, 5:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court just settled two questions about when whistleblowers may file civil fraud cases on behalf of taxpayers under the False Claims Act. On the first question — whether filing deadlines are deferred in times of war — defendants have grabbed media attention with a victory that touches just a handful of cases.

But on the second, far weightier question, Justice Samuel Alito finally corrected a legal error that has caused federal courts to strangle countless credible qui tam cases in their cribs. Justice Alito's common-sense interpretation of the "first-to-file" rule is the true headline to emerge from Kellogg...

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