When Alan Grayson of McLean, Va.’s Grayson & Kubli kicked off his bid for Congress in the 8th District of Florida, his campaign materials used a quote from The Wall Street Journal labeling him a “one-man war against contractor fraud in Iraq.” Central to that characterization was a high-profile jury verdict Grayson won in March on behalf of two whistleblowers in a False Claims Act fraud suit against Iraq contractor Custer Battles.
What the rarely understated Grayson has been leaving out of his campaign literature, however, is that last month a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia vacated much of that verdict on the grounds that the now-defunct Coalition Provisional Authority, which hired Custer Battles, wasn’t a U.S. government entity and thus wasn’t covered by the False Claims Act.
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