The Supreme Court heard arguments in Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. United States ex rel. Hunt, a case in which the Court is expected to clarify the statute of limitations in False Claims Act casts. Photo by John Brighenti , CC

Statement of Stephen Hasegawa, partner at whistleblower law firm Phillips and Cohen:

There are probably a lot of disappointed defense lawyers today. SuperValu stands for the common-sense proposition that the False Claims Act’s knowledge standard depends upon a defendant’s actual mental state, and not upon how creative the defendant’s lawyer can be after the fact. It’s also an important signal from a unanimous Supreme Court that lower courts should just apply the False Claims Act as written and not look for ways to narrow it.”


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