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Sixth Circuit Recognizes Exception to Heightened Standard for Pleading False Claim

October 12, 2016

In U.S. ex rel. Prather v. Brookdale Senior Living Communities Inc. (Sept. 30, 2016), the Sixth Circuit held that a relator pled the “presentment” element even though the relator did not allege information regarding the submission of a specific request for payment. The court reasoned that, in the majority of cases, plaintiffs would need to plead representative false claims but that a relator could survive a motion to dismiss by pleading specific facts based on personal, billing-related knowledge that support a strong inference that specific false claims were submitted for payment.

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