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Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill

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.

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The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight: Post-Escobar Application of the Materiality Standard in the Fourth Circuit

Posted in False Claims
On 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

Should Loose Lips Sink Qui Tam Suits? Supreme Court to Decide Whether FCA Seal Violations Should Result in Dismissal

Posted in False Claims
On 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

Supreme Court Recognizes Implied Certification Theory of FCA Liability

Posted in False Claims
In 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

Supreme Court Considers the Scope of the Implied Certification Theory of Liability

Posted in Legal Developments
On 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