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False Claims Act Amendments Voted Out of Committee

Senate Bill 2041, The False Claims Act Corrections Act of 2007, was reported out of committee on a unanimous voice vote today. The corrections in the Bill were necessitated by a series of bad judicial opinions that took the law in a direction the Congress never intended.  The Act clarifies that the statute of limitations is 10 years.  It clarifies that Congress intends the False Claims Act to apply to all federal funds.  It preserves for the government the right to dismiss lawsuits that are based on public allegations.  It also enhances protections for whistleblowers.  Given the bi-partisan support of the Bill in committee, one would expect little opposition on the Senate floor.