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O'Donnell v. Allegheny Co. N. Tax Collection Comm.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that settlement money paid to the plaintiff after the federal government adopted his qui tam suit under the federal False Claims Act was taxable compensation under Section 303 of Pennsylvania's Tax Reform Code. The plaintiff filed a federal claim against Countrywide Mortgage, a subsidiary of…

O’Donnell v. Allegheny Co. N. Tax Collection Comm.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that settlement money paid to the plaintiff after the federal government adopted his qui tam suit under the federal False Claims Act was taxable compensation under Section 303 of Pennsylvania’s Tax Reform Code. The plaintiff filed a federal claim against Countrywide Mortgage, a subsidiary of Bank of America, over their… Continue reading O’Donnell v. Allegheny Co. N. Tax Collection Comm.

Polansky v. Exec. Health Res. Inc.
3rd Circuit

The False Claims Act empowers private citizens to bring claims for fraud on behalf of the United States “not unlike the bounty hunting common in the rough-and-tumble world of the mid-nineteenth century.” Private citizens who bring these cases are called “relators” and can receive up to 30 percent of the funds recovered in what are… Continue reading Polansky v. Exec. Health Res. Inc.

In re Plavix Mktg., Sales Practices and Prod. Liab. Litig.
3rd Circuit

Rarely can this be said, but the 3rd Circuit issued a pleasant and easy-to-read opinion in the qui tam action in In re Plavix Mktg., Sales Practices and Prod. Liab. Litig. First, the Court held that the first-to-file bar in  31 U.S.C. ยง 3730 is not jurisdictional. The 3rd Circuit also ruled that a partnership created solely… Continue reading In re Plavix Mktg., Sales Practices and Prod. Liab. Litig.