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Reining In The Rogue Squadron: Making Sense Of The "Original Source" Exception For Qui Tam Relators, Dayna Bowen Matthew
The qui tam provision of the Civil False Claims Act effectively serves to expand the government’s capacity to combat fraud, but also invites abusive prosecution against blameless public contractors. Although the public disclosure jurisdictional bar is designed to permit worthy claimants to proceed as whistle blowers while precluding parasitic opportunists from unfairly imposing litigation costs and reaping undeserved awards, the inconsistent judicial interpretation of the original source exception threatens predictable and just law enforcement. Christopher Alexion’s note categorizes the approaches courts have taken as ranging from permissive, to “middle ground” to restrictive based on the timing of the ...