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State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. US ex rel. Rigsby, 15-513

In a qui tam suit under the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U. S. C. sections 3729-3730, filed under seal by former insurance claims adjuster-relators against insurer-defendant in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, claiming that defendant instructed relators and other adjusters to misclassify wind damage as flood damage in order to shift its insurance liability to the Government, the Fifth Circuit's decision, affirming the District Court's denial of defendant's motion to dismiss the suit on grounds that relator's had violated the seal requirement, is affirmed where a seal violation does not mandate dismissal of a relator's complaint.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/12/06

Judges

  • KENNEDY

Court

  • United States Supreme Court

Counsel