Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the March 23 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in United States v. Sanchez-Gomez. Howard Wasserman has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in China Agritech Inc. v. Resh. Ronald Mann has our preview.

Blackstone Medical, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Susan Hutcheson

Petition for certiorari denied on December 5, 2011
Docket No. Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
11-269 N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2011

Issue: (1) Whether an allegation that a defendant has committed a statutory violation renders a claim submitted by an unrelated party “legally false” for purposes of the FCA, where no statute or regulation expressly conditions payment of the unrelated party’s claim on the defendant’s compliance; and (2) whether and when a private citizen is authorized to use a “legally false” theory under the False Claims Act as a generalized enforcement mechanism for statutes, regulations, contractual obligations, or other program requirements that are not otherwise privately enforceable.

Briefs and Documents

Certiorari-stage documents

Term Snapshot