Cert Petition Denied in Gonzalez v. Planned Parenthood

By and on May 19, 2015

In a previous post, we discussed the petition for certiorari in Gonzalez v. Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles (S. Ct. No. 14-4080), a False Claims Act (FCA) case in which the relator alleged that Planned Parenthood knowingly overcharged the government for contraceptives it provided to low-income individuals in California.

In Gonzalez, the Ninth Circuit held that the district court properly dismissed the relator’s claims because documents attached to the complaint showed that the government knew about Planned Parenthood’s allegedly improper billing practices; thus, the relator could not demonstrate the requisite scienter under the FCA. The relator argued that the issue of government knowledge was worthy of Supreme Court consideration due to a split between the Ninth Circuit and other circuits on this issue.

We opined that Relator’s cert petition did not raise an issue worthy of consideration by the Supreme Court. Consistent with our expectation, the Supreme Court denied the cert petition on May 18, 2015.

Alison L. Nadel
Alison Nadel has successfully represented clients in arbitrations, class actions and other complex litigation. Her broad experience includes intellectual property cases involving allegations of patent infringement, trademark and copyright infringement, and unfair competition, as well as complex commercial contract disputes, business tort matters, public accommodation disputes involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, state accessibility laws and related tort claims, administrative law cases, and defense of qui tam litigation involving state and federal False Claims Acts. Read Alison Nadel's full bio.


Paul M. Thompson
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