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United States Supreme Court holds that breach of seal does not require dismissal of qui tam

December 6, 2016

Today the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided that contrary to arguments made by government contractors and the United States Chamber of Commerce, a breach of the seal in a qui tam case does not require dismissal of the case.  The court in State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby ruled that the decision about what should happen in case when the seal has been breached is up to the trial court to decide.   This is a win for whistleblowers.

Click here for the Court’s opinion.



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Marlan Wilbanks, Esq.

Marlan Wilbanks

Marlan is currently acting as lead counsel in important qui tam cases that are filed in over 16 federal and state courts across the nation. He has handled whistleblower litigation matters against numerous individuals and large companies that have committed fraudulent acts against the government in federal courts and many state courts, including cases from California to Florida.

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Susan Gouinlock, Esq.

Susan Gouinlock

Susan S. Gouinlock has represented whistleblowers for more than ten years. Susan joined Wilbanks & Bridges in 2011 and became a partner in 2013. Her legal career has been successful and diverse, including a unique mixture of working for the government as a lawyer as well as years of representing individuals and businesses in highly regulated environments, including for example spending six (6) years as in-house general counsel to a major corporation.
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