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Brian Irving represents businesses and individuals in complex litigation and government investigations, focusing on healthcare fraud, securities fraud, and business disputes. Brian’s clients span a variety of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, government contracting, and financial services. Brian has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and in arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

A qui tam False Claims Act (FCA) complaint was recently unsealed against Cerebral, a telehealth startup that provides virtual mental-health therapy, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.  Continue Reading False Claims Act Case Unsealed Against Cerebral, Showing Continued Scrutiny of Telehealth Prescriptions

The United States recently intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit accusing Rite Aid of defrauding federal healthcare programs by seeking reimbursement for opioids the pharmacy allegedly dispensed in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.  Continue Reading Controlled Substances Act and False Claims Act Collide

On June 16, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in U.S. ex rel. Polansky v. Executive Health Resources, a closely watched case about the government’s power to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam lawsuit over a relator’s objection.Continue Reading Supreme Court Upholds Broad Government Authority to Dismiss Qui Tam False Claims Act Lawsuits

On June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously refused to apply the Safeco objective knowledge standard to the False Claims Act (FCA), holding instead in U.S. ex rel. Schutte v. Supervalu Inc. that the FCA’s scienter element turns on a defendant’s “knowledge and subjective beliefs,” not on “what an objectively reasonable person may have known or believed.”Continue Reading Supreme Court Rejects Safeco, Holds that FCA Scienter Turns on Defendant’s Subjective Belief

On March 28, the Sixth Circuit issued an important decision on the meanings of “remuneration” and “causation” under the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), holding that remuneration “covers just payments and other transfers of value” and not “any act that may be valuable to another,” and that to establish False Claims Act (FCA) liability based on AKS violations, a relator or the government must prove a causal link between the alleged kickback scheme and the alleged false claim. Continue Reading Sixth Circuit Reins In Anti-Kickback Statute

On August 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held, as a matter of first impression, that damages in False Claims Act cases are subject to pro tanto (dollar-for-dollar) settlement offsets in cases involving multiple jointly and severally liable defendants.
Continue Reading D.C. Circuit Holds that False Claims Act Damages Must Be Reduced Dollar-for-Dollar by Other Defendants’ Settlements

On August 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in which it held that ex parte patent prosecutions by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) qualify as “other Federal . . . hearing[s]” under prong (ii) of the False Claims Act’s Public Disclosure Bar. In so ruling, the Ninth Circuit affirmed that the Public Disclosure Bar should not be read in a restrictive manner but should be given a broad construction.
Continue Reading Ninth Circuit Affirms Broad Scope of False Claims Act’s Public Disclosure Bar

On March 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the criminal healthcare fraud convictions of two individuals who ran a network of home health and hospice centers in Texas. According to the Fifth Circuit, the defendants operated a “reimburse-first-verify-later system” for nearly ten years, under which an estimated 70 to 85 percent of patients were ineligible for the care they received. The Fifth Circuit provided colorful examples to show that “many certifications were not borderline cases”:
Continue Reading Fifth Circuit Affirms Criminal Healthcare Fraud Convictions of Hospice and Home Health Executives