DOJ Creates Potential Opening For Early Dismissal of False Claims Act Suits

1 February 2018
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Key takeaways

  • The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently released a memorandum outlining the circumstances under which DOJ may petition the court for early dismissal of actions brought by private relators under the False Claims Act.
  • The circumstances outlined in the memorandum include cases that are meritless, interfere with other governmental interests or unnecessarily burden governmental resources.
  • In appropriate cases, defense counsel may be able to use the memorandum as a basis for a submission to DOJ explaining why DOJ should end a case brought by a relator against their clients or to convince DOJ to enter into a favorable settlement.