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Regulation White Collar Crime

The FRCP Rule 9(b) Standard In False Claims Act Cases

In recent years, federal circuit courts of appeals have set forth somewhat different standards that civil FCA complaints brought by private citizens, known as relators, must meet to satisfy Rule 9(b) — especially regarding whether representative examples of allegedly fraudulent claims must be included in a complaint.

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The Justice Department recently reported obtaining more than $5.6 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2021. See, Justice Department’s False Claims Act Settlements and Judgments Exceed $5.6 Billion in Fiscal Year 2021 (Feb. 1, 2022). This is the largest annual total in False Claims Act (FCA) history since 2014, no doubt spurred in part by fraud related to COVID-19. This growing wave of fraud has not only caught the attention of federal authorities, but also private parties who are bringing more and more lawsuits in federal courts across the country under the FCA alleging fraud against the government, including fraud against federal health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

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