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Seventh Circuit Ignores Qui Tam Motive

In U.S. ex rel. McCandliss, 2008 U.S. App. Lexis 13165, Civil Appeal No. 07-3567 (7th Cir. June 18, 2008), the Seventh Circuit properly recognized that the qui tam relator’s motivation in bringing the lawsuit has no bearing on whether or not the defendant violated the False Claims Act.  The defendant claimed that he had previously sued the relator and said the relator brought the action for “revenge.”  The Court found ample evidence that the defendant had indeed violated the law and held that the relator’s “motivation in pursuing this case is not relevant.”