U.S. Supreme Court to Address Whistleblower Issue

The U.S. Supreme Court last month began considering arguments over whistleblower lawsuits filed under the federal False Claims Act (qui tam), according to USA Today.  The issue the Court will decide is whether False Claims Act lawsuits should be blocked if whistle blowers bring their claim based on public information available in a state or local report.  Currently, False Claims Act suits are barred if the whistle blower claim was gleaned from federal public disclosures such as congressional reports, audits or investigations.