Federal Circuit dismisses would-be qui tam for lack of jurisdiction

by Ben Vernia | November 18th, 2010

On November 5, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided, in Clarke v. U.S. that a pro se claimant’s effort to characterize his complaint as a qui tam suit under the False Claims Act should fail because the Act vests jurisdiction solely in the District Courts. Clarke had originally brought his action – based on complaints he filed with HUD’s Inspector General – in the Court of Federal Claims, an Article I court which typically hears claims for money.

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