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Supreme Court ignores Iqbal and relaxes pleading standards

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, News
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision on the right of criminal defendants to sue to get access to DNA that might prove their innocence. The case is Skinner v. Switzer, Case No. 09-9000 (3-7-2011). Before the Supreme Court got to the DNA issue, it first had to review the standards under which it would allow a … Continue Reading

Fourth Circuit’s partial reversal highlights the role of pleading standards

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Today the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals partially reversed the dismissal of a whistleblower’s lawsuit under the False Claims Act.  In U.S. ex rel. Elms v. Accenture, LLP, No. 07-1361 (July 22, 2009), the court let stand the dismissal of the qui tam fraud claim, but reversed the dismissal of Elm’s retaliation claim. The key difference was in the pleading … Continue Reading