United States ex rel. Aquino v. University of Miami

No. 1:14-cv-20372-KMW, 2018 WL 3814517 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 10, 2018). The Firm represented a private university/hospital in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit brought by a former employee. The employee alleged that the university/hospital submitted false claims to Medicare for reimbursement and wrongfully terminated her employment in retaliation for complaining about this alleged billing practice. The university/hospital denied all claims. Following extensive briefing, the district court entered judgment in favor of the Firm’s client on all claims, finding that the employee (1) failed to allege the elements of her FCA claims with the requisite specificity; (2) failed to establish a prima facie case of retaliation and (3) failed to rebut the university’s/hospital’s legitimate reasons for terminating her employment.