But let’s unpack this question a little bit. In addition to the federal False Claims Act, some states have their own False Claims Acts, which may apply to any type of fraud against the state or may be limited to Medicaid fraud.
Medicaid Fraud: State vs. Federal Court
If we are bringing a case based on Medicaid fraud, we can bring it in state or federal court since Medicaid is partially funded by the federal government.
For that same reason, if a state does not have its own False Claims Act, then you can still file under the federal False Claims Act in federal court.
Pro Hac Vice
When attorneys pass the bar exam, they get licensed in that state. And when they move to another state, they have to become a member of the bar of that state to practice there.
But that doesn’t mean you are limited to practicing law in just that state. Both federal and state courts can grant you special admission to litigate cases in their jurisdiction even though you are not a member of the bar there.
This is called being admitted pro hac vice. So even though Julie and Jason are members of the State Bar of Georgia, they routinely file and litigate cases across the country.
After all, the best attorneys are not necessarily your local attorneys.
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