Existing law, the False Claims Act, provides that a person who commits any one of several enumerated acts relating to the submission to the state or a political subdivision of the state a false claim for money, property, or services, as specified, shall be liable to the state or political subdivision for certain damages and may be liable for a civil penalty. Existing law authorizes the Attorney General, a prosecuting authority of a political subdivision of the state, or a qui tam plaintiff to bring a civil action to enforce these provisions. Existing law authorizes a court to award a prevailing defendant its reasonable attorney's fees and expenses, as prescribed. This bill would require, in a civil action relative to certain claims arising from a public works contract, a court to award a prevailing defendant its reasonable attorney's fees and expenses against the state or a political subdivision that prosecuted the action. This bill would prohibit, except as specified, a court from awarding a prevailing defendant its reasonable attorney's fees and expenses against a qui tam plaintiff who proceeded with an action without the assistance of the Attorney General or local prosecuting authority.
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From committee without further action.
In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on JUD. Read second time and amended.
Read first time.
From printer. May be heard in committee March 23.
Introduced. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|02/19/10 - Introduced|
|04/14/10 - Amended Assembly|
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