The new landmark health care reform law made its first appearance in a Supreme Court decision Tuesday involving whistleblower claims under the federal False Claims Act.

In Graham County Soil and Water Conservation District v. U.S. ex rel. Wilson (pdf), Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for a 7-2 majority, held that whistleblowers whose allegations are based on publicly disclosed information in state or local reports and investigations are barred from filing so-called qui tam lawsuits.

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