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Graves Garrett Client Awarded Summary Judgment in False Claims Act Case

Graves Garrett is pleased to share that one of the firm’s most valued clients, Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp., was awarded summary judgment in a Federal False Claims Act (“qui tam”) case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas on June 5, 2015. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree determined that “no rational jury” could find legal merit to claims that Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. had defrauded the United States government. 

Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. tapped Graves Garrett Partner Nathan Garrett, a former federal prosecutor and FBI Special Agent, as lead defense counsel in the qui tam case, which is commonly referred to as a “whistle-blower” case.  Garrett and Partner Kathleen Fisher obtained the win on the heels of another recent successful outcome in a False Claims Act lawsuit against Bluebird Network LLC, as reported by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Garrett, alongside firm lawyers Paige Strack and Cheryl Wicks, successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of Bluebird Network in an alleged multi-million dollar fraud filed in the Western District of Missouri. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughery’s decision in favor of Bluebird Network was recently affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

The Graves Garrett team includes a former U.S. Attorney, former federal and state prosecutors, and forensic accountants, among others with unique experience working with federal and state governments. The firm regularly aids clients in careful navigation of False Claims Act cases, as well as in a variety of complex and high stakes commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, campaign finance and election law matters, and internal investigations.

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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