Kurt Copper represents clients in the health care, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industries in litigation and investigations, particularly those arising under the False Claims Act (FCA). His practice includes qui tam actions, government and internal investigations, and payor-provider disputes. He has successfully represented clinical laboratories, hospital systems, and other clients in cases seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in claimed damages. He also counsels clients on compliance-related issues.
Kurt has significant experience with cases involving allegations of health care fraud. He recently has helped obtain dismissal of: (1) a qui tam claim in Illinois federal court against a national retail pharmacy alleging violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS); (2) an FCA action in California federal court alleging fraud on the patent office; (3) qui tam actions in Virginia and Georgia federal courts that alleged the submission of false claims due to purported violations of Medicaid billing regulations and the AKS; and (4) a qui tam lawsuit in Maine federal court alleging in part that a specialty pharmacy was liable for so-called "reverse false claims." He also has represented both out-of-network and in-network providers in litigation seeking appropriate reimbursement for their services from commercial payors.
Kurt also maintains an active pro bono practice. He recently served as lead trial counsel in a case brought pursuant to an international treaty that was tried to a favorable verdict. And he successfully argued an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit regarding a prisoner's habeas petition.
DOJ Civil Division Gives Clarity on “Inability-to-Pay” Determinations in the Midst of Ongoing Pandemic
Massive False Claims Act Verdict Reinstated Against a Skilled Nursing Management Company and Its Affiliates
- December 2015
The False Claims Act: New Developments and Continued Expansion
- December 2014
The False Claims Act: The Government's Stick and Relator's Carrot
- The Ohio State University (J.D. magna cum laude 2007; Moritz Merit Scholar; Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal; ABA Moot Court Team; Order of the Coif); University of Notre Dame (B.A. cum laude 2004)
- Ohio, Florida, and Texas
- Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Sara Lioi, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (2007-2008)