State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby Decided

Litigation Practice Group Teleforum
Start : Tuesday, January 17, 2017 03:00 PM
End : Tuesday, January 17, 2017 04:00 PM

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Lawrence S. Ebner


In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court upheld the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the respondent. The respondent, Cori Rigsby, violated the seal requirement of the False Claims Act (FCA) by disclosing her complaint against State Farm, regarding allegedly fraudulent actions taken post-Katrina, before the defendant was served. State Farm argued that the case should have been immediately dismissed due to the procedural violation. The question at hand was whether a claim made under the FCA should be dismissed because the complaining party violated the seal requirement.

Mr. Lawrence Ebner, founder of Capital Appellate Advocacy, author of multiple pieces on the case, and Counsel of Record on the DRI Amicus Brief in support of the petitioner, will join us to discuss the decision and its implications for the future.


  • Mr. Lawrence Ebner, Founder, Capital Appellate Advocacy

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Related Materials:
"Supreme Court’s FCA Seal Violation Opinion Lacks Needed Guidance" by Lawrence Ebner
"Justices Should Consider Harm To Qui Tam Defendants" by Lawrence Ebner
Brief of DRI–The Voice of the Defense Bar as Amicus Curiae In Support of the Petitioner
Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondents