False Claims Act Litigation

Our lawyers have been litigating False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases for more than three decades and have amassed unmatched expertise in this specialized area of the law.

Robbins Russell has handled False Claims Act (“FCA”) matters from the investigative stage through trial and appeal, regularly interacting with the Department of Justice and governmental agencies to achieve results for our clients.  Our lawyers have unparalleled experience litigating under the FCA:  We argued the landmark Escobar case before the United States Supreme Court, and we were the first to take the defense of an FCA “whistleblower” retaliation case to trial—and win.

Our lawyers have successfully disposed of numerous FCA actions at the motions stage, to say nothing of the countless “silent” victories in which we persuaded the Department of Justice not to pursue FCA claims against our clients in the first place.  We have represented clients from a variety of industries, including hospitals, healthcare companies, defense contractors, computer manufacturers, construction companies, and insurance companies.

Our recent and notable work in this area includes:

  • Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar – Presented oral argument before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of contractor challenging the implied certification doctrine;
  • In re Health Management Associates, Inc. – Represent major hospital system in multi-district litigation involving nine FCA actions relating to allegations of improper inpatient admissions;
  • U.S. ex rel. Danielides v. Northrop Grumman Corp. – Won summary judgment for defense contractor in FCA lawsuit involving pricing and contract interpretation allegations;
  • U.S. ex rel. Cooper v. Pottstown Hospital Corp., et al. – Won dismissal of action involving allegations of improper hospital-physician relationship;
  • U.S. ex rel. McCollum v. Jacobs Engineering Group – Won summary judgment in FCA retaliation lawsuit involving federal construction project;
  • U.S. ex rel. Hansen v. Deming Hospital Corp., et al. – Won dismissal for hospital of FCA allegations of improper laboratory procedures and charging;
  • U.S. ex rel. Gage v. Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems, Inc., et al. – Won dismissal for defense contractor of FCA lawsuit alleging use of substandard aircraft parts.