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June 17, 2024

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Wisconsin Bell Fraud Claims

Bloomberg Law
White Collar Defense and Investigations Team Co-Chair Megan Mocho was mentioned in a Bloomberg Law article about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review Wisconsin Bell Inc.'s challenge to the revival of a False Claims Act (FCA) suit. The suit alleges that the AT&T subsidiary defrauded the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program, which helps schools and libraries afford telecommunications and internet services. Ms. Mocho commented on the potential implications of the court's decision for the reach of the FCA and who can be considered a proper defendant.

"There must be, and there is, a dividing line between funds subject to the FCA and those that are not; private funds are not subject to the FCA," she said. Upholding the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit "would unleash the powers of the FCA upon a broad swath of inherently non-governmental transactions, ones beyond the expected reach of the FCA during its enactment," she added.

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