Federal district court holds that application of the False Claims Act’s civil penalty provision would violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of excessive fines and declines to impose penalties where there is no evidence of economic harm to the government

On 14 February 2012 a federal district court in the Eastern District of Virginia held that the federal False Claims Act’s (FCA) per claim civil penalties were unconstitutional as applied to the case before it involving false claims submitted under a government contract that did not result in any damages to the government.

Read: "Federal district court holds that application of the False Claims Act’s civil penalty provision would violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of excessive fines and declines to impose penalties where there is no evidence of economic harm to the government"


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