Escobar Can't Revive Airplane Parts FCA Suit, Northrop Says

By Bryan Koenig (July 12, 2016, 12:30 PM EDT) -- Northrop Grumman Corp. urged a Texas federal judge Monday not to resurrect a would-be whistleblower's allegations over the reuse of aircraft parts from a crashed plane, arguing the relator can't rely on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Escobar ruling on the implied certification of regulatory compliance.

Decisional law changes, after judgment has been entered, doesn't constitute the "exceptional circumstances" relator George Gage would need to undo the final judgment sparing government contractors such as Northrop Grumman and Bombardier Inc. from the False Claims Act suit, according to the reply brief. Nor does the Supreme Court's ruling in Universal Health Services v....

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