Professional Relators Have No Right to Sue for Beneficial Conduct

The Seventh Circuit determined that professional qui tam relators formed as “investment vehicles for financial speculators” should not be allowed to challenge conduct determined by the government likely to be lawful, and definitely beneficial to the government and the public.

The court creates a new standard for dismissal, joining the standards articulated in Sequoia Orange and Swift. Under the new standard, “[t]he Government may dismiss the action without the relator’s consent if the relator receives notice and opportunity to be heard.”

Source: United States ex re. Cimznhca, LLC v. UCB, Inc.