Category: 2013

United States ex rel. Bunk v. Gosselin World Wide Moving, N.V., No. 12-1369

Decided: December 19, 2013 The Fourth Circuit held that private parties have standing in civil suits under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) to seek redress on behalf of federal government interests, and ordered the trial court to impose $24 million in FCA penalties against the defendants. The Department of Defense...

Occupy Columbia v. Haley, No. 13-1258

Occupy Columbia v. Haley, 738 F.3d 107 (4th Cir. 2013) Majority Opinion: Thacker Argued: October 31, 2013 Decided: December 16, 2013 The Fourth Circuit held that the appellants—a number of state officials including Governor Nikki Haley (Governor Haley)—were not entitled to qualified immunity at the Rule 12(b)(6) or Rule 12(c)...

Seney v. Rent-A-Center, No 13-1064

Decided: December 11, 2013 The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s order compelling arbitration of a breach of warranty claim in accordance with a lease agreement between the parties. Christine and Antwan Seney (the “Seneys”) entered into a “Rental-Purchase agreement” with Rent-A-Center (“RAC”) for a bedframe and mattress. In that...