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Whistleblowers Eye Clearer Path Following Supreme Court Denials

Phillips & Cohen partner Colette Matzzie explains to Bloomberg Law that since the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to weigh in on what makes a complaint adequate, the status quo outcome provides some relief for whistleblowers.

“If the Court had taken the Seventh Circuit Molina case and the petitioner, Molina Healthcare, ultimately had succeeded in convincing the Supreme Court to adopt the extreme position that no case could even be brought unless the whistleblower had details about specific claims submitted to the government, that ruling could have precluded many meritorious cases being brought,” said Colette G. Matzzie, who represents whistleblowers with Phillips & Cohen LLP in Washington.

“This could have deprived the American taxpayer of our most effective remedy against fraud on government programs,” she said.

There are some differences among the circuits, but the majority of appellate courts say complaints can proceed if allegations are made with sufficient detail to reliably support an inference that claims were submitted, she said.

Read the entire article, “Whistleblowers Eye Clearer Path Following Supreme Court Denials.”

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