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US v. COUNTY OF DELAWARE, 00-3691

Because the mandatory treble damages imposed by the False Claims Act (FCA) are punitive, and Congress did not expressly abrogate local governmental immunity under the FCA, a local governmental subdivision is immune from claims under the FCA by a qui tam relator.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 12/07/2001
  • Decided 01/29/2002
  • Published 01/29/2002

Judges

  • Before:  MANSMANN, ROTH and FUENTES, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Third Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Regina D. Poserina (Argued), Upper Darby, PA, Counsel for Appellant., Stuart E. Schiffer, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Michael L. Levy, United States Attorney, Douglas N. Letter (Argued), United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, Counsel for Amicus-Appellant United States of America., Brian Stuart Koukoutchos, Mandeville, LA, James Moorman, Amy Wilken, Taxpayers Against Fraud, The False Claims Act Legal Center, Washington, DC, Counsel for Amicus Curiae Taxpayers Against Fraud, The False Claims Act Legal Center.

  • For Appellees:
  • Francis X. Crowley (Argued), Elisa Cohen Lacianca, Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley, Media, PA, Counsel for Appellees.
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