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On April 18, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the consolidated cases of U.S. ex rel. Schutte v. SuperValu and U.S. ex rel. Proctor v. Safeway Inc. The Court was asked to review the scienter standard for False Claims Act (FCA) cases. The justices' commentary during oral argument, discussed below, suggests that even in the face of an objectively reasonable interpretation of the applicable law, and the lack of any contrary authoritative guidance to that interpretation, a party's subjective understanding of its conduct may still matter.

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