Courthouse Steps Decision Teleforum: Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. United States, ex rel. Hunt

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Teleforum

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This teleforum will discuss the Supreme Court argument in United States ex rel. Hunt v. Cochise Consultancy, Inc., a case about the False Claims Act statute of limitations. In this case, the Court examined whether a relator can rely on the tolling provision of the statute of limitations, which allows a claim to be filed up to three years after the responsible government official learns of facts material to action, even if the government never intervenes. While the case presented two narrow issues—how long can a relator wait to file suit and who is the “responsible government official” whose knowledge of the facts can trigger the limitations period—the Court’s resolution of the case could have potentially touched on several hot-button issues and create ripples that materially change FCA jurisprudence. This Teleforum will discuss the decision and wheather the implications of the decisions are as far reaching as they could have been. 


Brandon J. Moss, Associate, Wiley Rein LLP 

Mark B. Sweet, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP