I recently reported on the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration of the jurisdictional nature of the “original source” rule in the False Claims Act. See Rockwell Int’l Corp. v. United States, 127 S. Ct. 1397 (2007), discussed here. The Tenth Circuit recently faced a similar issue.
In United States ex rel. Boother v. Sun Healthcare Group, Inc., 496 F.3d 1169 (10th Cir. Aug. 7, 2007), the Tenth Circuit considered whether a relator bringing a qui tam action alleging several counts could proceed even if some of the counts lacked jurisdiction due to the “original source” rule. The court held as a matter of first impression that a deficiency in one claim does not preclude jurisdiction over all other claims joined in the same lawsuit.
The district court had dismissed the case after finding a jurisdictional defect in three claims. However, following the model of Rockwell Int’l Corp., the appellate court remanded the case for an independent jurisdictional analysis of each of the remaining claims.