Scientific Research Qui Tam Cases

The cases in this area involve the liability of hospitals and universities for false information in obtaining federal funding for research. These cases generally involve the reimbursement of research expenditures by hospitals conducting federally funded medical research, or universities with research grants from the National Institute of Health (“NIH”).

A county hospital that receives grants from the government to fund a research program may be liable under the False Claims Act for failing to comply with conditions required by the federal grant. For example, a qui tam whistleblower alleged that a county hospital, which had obtained a grant to perform research on potential treatment options for pregnant drug addicts, failed to comply with federal regulations for research on human subjects. Since the governmental requirements pertaining to research on human subjects were not followed, the county hospital may be liable under the False Claims Act.

For more information and case citations, please see Androphy “Federal False Claims Act and Qui Tam Litigation,” published by Law Journal Press (2010).

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You should be aware that qui tam claims are subject to a Statute of Limitations. The area of limitations periods is complex. There are also first to file rules, public disclosure bars, original source issues, and varying limitations in pursuing retaliation claims. If you wish to pursue your claims, you should promptly seek the opinion of an attorney regarding the merits of your qui tam claim and the applicable statute of limitations.