853 F.3d 80 (2nd Cir. 2017), 16-705, United States ex rel. Hayes v. Allstate Ins. Co.
|Citation:||853 F.3d 80|
|Opinion Judge:||Per Curiam|
|Party Name:||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, EX REL. J. MICHAEL HAYES, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, DAIMLER CHRYSLER INSURANCE COMPANY, ERIE INSURANCE COMPANY OF NEW YORK, ERIE INSURANCE EXCHANGE, INC., ERIE INDEMNITY COMPANY, FARMERS INSURANCE EXCHANGE, TRUCK INSURANCE EXCHANGE, FIRE INSURANCE EXCHANGE, FOREMOST INSURANCE GROUP, GEICO, INS...|
|Attorney:||J. MICHAEL HAYES (Peter M. Jasen, Buffalo, NY, on the brief), for Plaintiff-Appellant. JOHN W. CAMPBELL, Federal Express Corporation, Memphis, TN, for Defendants-Appellees FedEx Corporation, Federal Express Corporation, FedEx Ground Package System Inc., FedEx Freight Corporation, FedEx Office and...|
|Judge Panel:||Before: KATZMANN, Chief Judge, POOLER and LYNCH, Circuit Judges.|
|Case Date:||April 04, 2017|
|Court:||United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit|
Argued March 2, 2017
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Relator J. Michael Hayes brought this qui tam action under the False Claims Act (" FCA" ), 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq., against numerous insurance and trucking companies. The United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Skretny, J.) dismissed the action with prejudice as to Hayes as a sanction under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11 . On appeal, Hayes primarily challenges the imposition of the sanction of dismissal. Several of the defendants urge us to affirm the district court's judgment on the alternative ground that the district court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over Hayes's FCA claims, which according to these defendants did not satisfy the statute's first-to-file rule. We join the D.C. Circuit in holding that the FCA's first-to-file rule is not jurisdictional. Accordingly, we need not consider the defendants' arguments on that issue. For the reasons stated herein and in the accompanying summary order discussing the district court's imposition of the sanction of dismissal, the judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.
J. MICHAEL HAYES (Peter M. Jasen, Buffalo, NY, on the brief), for Plaintiff-Appellant.
JOHN W. CAMPBELL, Federal Express Corporation, Memphis, TN, for Defendants-Appellees FedEx Corporation, Federal Express Corporation, FedEx Ground Package System Inc., FedEx Freight Corporation, FedEx Office and Print Services, Inc., FedEx Custom Critical, Inc., FedEx Trade Networks Inc., FedEx Supply Chain Systems, Inc., and FedEx Corporate Services, Inc.
DAVID L. YOHAI (Lori L. Pines and John P. Mastando III, on the brief), Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, NY, for Defendants-Appellees Farmers Insurance Exchange, Truck Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange, and Foremost Property and Casualty Insurance Company.
Bryce L. Friedman, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP, New York, NY; Deborah L. Stein, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP, Los Angeles, CA, for Defendants-Appellees Travelers Insurance Group Holding, Inc., Travelers Property Casualty Corporation, and The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Jonathan M. Freiman, Wiggin and Dana LLP, New Haven, CT, for Defendant-Appellee Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Sharon Angelino, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo, NY, for...
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