Law360 Publishes Akin Gump Article on California False Claims Ruling

Akin Gump partners Shawn Hanson and Peter Hutt and counsel Maria Ellinikos, all members of the firm’s litigation practice, have written an article that was published in Law360 about a California appellate court ruling on the state’s False Claims Act.

The article looks at the case of San Francisco United School District ex. rel. Contreras v. First Student Inc., in which the court said the prohibition against ex parte communications between plaintiffs and the employees of defendants does not apply to communications in California state False Claims Act matters between a qui tam plaintiff and a defendant’s employee. The authors argue that if the decision is adopted more broadly, the ruling “could ultimately apply to all federal and state qui tam actions.”

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