Duke University and two Duke researchers will have to face claims they defrauded the government on NIH research grants (United States ex rel. Thomas v. Duke Univ., M.D.N.C., 1:17-cv-00276-CCE-JLW, order 4/25/17).

Former Duke University employee Joseph M. Thomas sufficiently stated claims against Duke and the researchers, Judge Catherine C. Eagles of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina said in an April 25 order refusing the defendants’ bid to dismiss the suit.

The ruling means the case will proceed and Duke could be on the hook for $600 million as well as civil penalties...