Qui Tam Relators for False Claim Actions Must Plead Sufficient Details to Withstand Motions to Dismiss

U.S. v. Hooker Creek Asphalt, No. 6:08-cv-6307-HO, 2012 WL 913229 (D. Or. Mar. 16, 2012)

A qui tam action brought against contractors for alleged violation of the U.S. False Claims Act arising from a road construction contract was dismissed with prejudice.  The qui tam relator’s complaints (following a series of amendments and, with the court’s direction, the inclusion of additional necessary pleading elements) were found lacking as to personal knowledge and failed to provide the “who, what, when, where and how”.  The relator relied on “representative example type pleading” which lacked required particularity.  The court found that permission to allow further amended complaints would be futile.

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