The American Hospital Association and three other provider groups urged the U.S. Supreme Court to limit the definition of who qualifies as a whistle-blower plaintiff in False Claims Act lawsuits. The high court is considering a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving Rockwell International. Whistle-blower law requires plaintiffs to be the "original source" of information in a complaint. In a friends-of-the-court brief, the provider groups argued that the 10th Circuit accepted too broad a definition of "original source." "A clear, consistent and strict 'original source' rule" could "ward off illegitimate qui tam strike suits," the groups said in the amici brief. In addition to the AHA, the groups include the Federation of American Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges and American Health Care Association. -- by Mark Taylor
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