Sarah A. Hill is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where she practices in the Government Contracts and Product Liability & Torts groups. Sarah represents government contractors in both litigation and counseling matters. Her practice focuses on civil and criminal fraud under the False Claims Act (FCA), compliance and regulatory issues, and government contracts due diligence. Sarah has experience representing clients with respect to both internal and government investigations. She also represents government contractors in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Court of Federal Claims.
By Brian Tully McLaughlin, Nkechi Kanu and Sarah Hill on Posted in False Claims,Legal DevelopmentsRecently, in United States ex rel. Hunt v. Cochise Consultancy Inc., the Eleventh Circuit widened a split in authority regarding the applicability of the tolling provision of the False Claims Act’s statute of limitations, holding that it is applicable to qui tam actions even when the government declines to intervene. The court also found that… Continue Reading
By Brian Tully McLaughlin, Jason M. Crawford and Sarah Hill on Posted in False ClaimsOn January 26, 2017, the Fourth Circuit heard oral argument in United States ex rel. Omar Badr v. Triple Canopy, one of four False Claims Act decisions that the Supreme Court vacated and remanded for further consideration in light of the Court’s June 2016 holding regarding the implied certification theory in Universal Health Servs. v.… Continue Reading
By Brian Tully McLaughlin, Jason M. Crawford and Sarah Hill on Posted in False ClaimsOn November 1, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in State Farm and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby on the question of what standard should govern the decision whether to dismiss a relator’s claim for violation of the False Claims Act’s (“FCA”) seal requirement, which mandates that any FCA action brought by… Continue Reading
By Brian Tully McLaughlin, Jason M. Crawford and Sarah Hill on Posted in False ClaimsIn a decision that will impact Government contractors, health care providers and all institutions that accept federal dollars, the U.S. Supreme Court this past week offered a qualified affirmation of the validity of the implied certification theory of False Claims Act liability. In Universal Health Servs. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, the Court unanimously held… Continue Reading
By Brian Tully McLaughlin, Jason M. Crawford and Sarah Hill on Posted in Legal DevelopmentsOn April 19, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in U.S. v. Universal Health Servs., Inc., which concerns (1) whether the implied certification theory of legal falsity under the FCA is ever viable; and (2) if it is, whether a contractor’s reimbursement claim can be legally false under that theory if the contractor fails… Continue Reading