Florida Federal Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Qui Tam Action; Dismissal Premature

ORLANDO, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on March 19 denied a hospital's motion to dismiss a qui tam action against it and a staffing organization filed under the False Claims Act and the Stark Amendment to the Medicare statute, saying the arguments in support of the motion are premature or are not questions for jurisdiction but affirmative defenses best presented in an answer to the complaint (United States of America, et rel. Elin Baklid-Kunz v. Halifax Hospital Medical Center, d/b/a Halifax Health, a/k/a Halifax Community Health System, a/k/a Halifax Medical Center, et al., No. 6:09cv1002, M.D. Fla., Orlando Div.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36304).

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