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It Does Take Two to Raise a False Claim, Appeals Court Rules (1)

Aug. 24, 2018, 8:50 PMUpdated: Aug. 27, 2018, 7:28 PM

Whistleblowers may proceed with their False Claims Act case against a San Francisco art school accused of violating a Department of Education incentive compensation ban for admissions officers, even though the appeals court’s ruling adopted a two-part falsity test pushed by the defendant.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said a whistleblower must satisfy the two conditions to prove falsity under Supreme Court precedent, but that a reasonable trier of fact could conclude that Academy of Art University’s actions met those requirements.

A whistleblower must allege that (1) a defendant made specific representations about the goods or...

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