September 20, 2019 / 9:50 PM / a month ago

Vet's complaints about Howard University animal lab protected under FCA

A divided U.S. appeals court on Friday revived whistleblower claims by a veterinarian who says she was fired from Howard University’s Medical School in retaliation for reporting inhumane conditions at an animal laboratory.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a 2-1 decision said Sylvia Singletary had made a valid claim under the federal False Claims Act, because her repeated complaints to supervisors that the laboratory was too warm should have put them on notice that Howard was falsely certifying its compliance with animal care standards to the government.

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