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10th Circuit Rules in Favor of Graves Garrett Client Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp.

Graves Garrett is pleased to announce that following briefing and oral argument, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has ruled in favor of firm client Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. in a Federal False Claims Act (“qui tam”) case previously dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

The U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court ruling finding that relators (plaintiffs) could not prove their claims in a case involving the company’s contractual operations in support of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.

“We agree that relators cannot prevail as a matter of law,” Circuit Judges Harris Hartz, Gregory Phillips and Carolyn McHugh stated in a published opinion on April 22, 2016.

Based on the relators’ “failure to prove materiality,” the Court affirmed U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree’s prior determination that “no rational jury” could find legal merit to claims that Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. had defrauded the U.S. government.

Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. tapped Graves Garrett Partner Nathan Garrett, a former federal prosecutor and FBI Special Agent, to lead the defense team along with firm lawyers Kathleen Fisher and Miriam Bailey.

The Graves Garrett team includes former federal and state prosecutors, agents and forensic accountants with unique experience in government-involved investigations, generally, and specifically the False Claims Act, where the firm has been publicly recognized for its successful nationwide representation of both relators and defendants. In addition to its False Claims Act and government investigations practice, the firm regularly engages in a variety of complex and high-stakes commercial and business litigation, campaign finance and election law matters.

Graves Garrett, LLC, represents businesses and executives nationwide in commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense litigation, and all levels of legal compliance. The firm offers comprehensive and creative solutions to complex legal problems along with unparalleled client service and a true commitment to obtaining the best result possible.


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