Jury Clears Halfway House Biz In FCA Retaliation Suit
Law360 (November 1, 2018, 7:05 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal jury sided with a unit of private prison operator CoreCivic on Thursday in rejecting a former employee’s claims that he was fired for reporting that the government contractor violated the False Claims Act by failing to keep track of medications doled out in its halfway houses.
After a two-day trial, the Austin jury returned with a verdict in favor of Austin Transitional Center operator Avalon Correctional Services Inc., a subsidiary of CoreCivic. Plaintiff David Smith had alleged he was illegally fired by Avalon because he reported medication-handling protocols that defrauded the government and violated professional standards of patient...
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