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Prather v. AT&T, Inc., 13-17489

In a qui tam action brought by a state prosecutor alleging that the largest telecommunications companies in the United States were fraudulently overcharging the federal government for surveillance services, the district court's dismissal of the action under the False Claims Act's (FCA) public disclosure bar, which states that once allegations of fraud have entered the public domain a person may not bring a qui tam action unless he can prove that he was an original source of those allegations,31 U.S.C. section 3730(e)(4) (2006), is affirmed where plaintiff did not qualify as an original source.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2017/02/06




  • United States Ninth Circuit


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