Bradley Partner Brad Robertson Quoted in BBJ on Recent Supreme Court Opinion

Birmingham Business Journal

Media Mention
Bradley attorney Brad Robertson was quoted in the Birmingham Business Journal on U.S. Supreme Court’s new standard for evaluating whether regulatory violations are serious enough to trigger False Claims Act liability. Although the ruling in Universal Health Services v. Escobar on implied certification was a victory for the plaintiffs bar and the government, the new materiality standard may ultimately prove to be beneficial for defense attorneys.

“In its recent decision Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, the Supreme Court adjusts the standard for liability under the False Claims Act – the government’s chief weapon to combat fraud and abuse in the health care industry. Escobar holds that claims submitted for government payor reimbursement may be found false if the provider’s failure to disclose noncompliance with statutes or regulations makes the representations in its claim for reimbursement ‘misleading half-truths.’”

The complete article, “Industry News: On Recent Supreme Court Legislation,” appeared in the Birmingham Business Journal on July 22, 2016.