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in a unanimous opinion, the justices affirmed a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that held that Cook County, Ill., was a “person” subject to suit under the federal False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. 3729(a). Cook County, Ill. v. U.S., No. 01-1572. The 7th Circuit had ruled that that Cook County can be sued under the act, after a researcher at a municipal hospital accused the institution of submitting false statements in order to obtain drug abuse research funds from the federal government. The county had obtained a dismissal of the qui tam action from an Illinois federal court. Souter delivered the court’s opinion.

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