R.I.P. West Virginia’s False Claims Act

45 House Republicans and 10 Democrats defeated House Bill 4001, the proposed False Claims Act

West Virginia’s version of the False Claims Act, which is created to incentivize whistleblowers, fell to its death in the House of Delegates this February. After a long debate that heard Republican lawmakers express frustration, House Judiciary Chair Tim Manchin’s bill was rejected in a 55-42 vote.

The bill was touted by promoters as a whistleblower protection program that would stop government fraud and save millions. The bill would have allowed whistleblowers to bring lawsuits in West Virginia courts against businesses alleged to have submitted false claims for reimbursement to state and federal programs like Medicaid.

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Amanda Ciccatelli

Amanda G. Ciccatelli is a Contributing Writer for InsideCounsel, where she covers the patent litigation space. Amanda earned a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from...

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