United States ex rel. Oberg v. Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, No. 18-1028 (4th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
Relator brought a qui tam action against four student loan corporations, including PHEAA, alleging that they violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by defrauding the Department of Education. The Fourth Circuit affirmed the jury's unanimous verdict in favor of PHEAA, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in excluding a 2004–2007 Performance Audit as irrelevant; plaintiff failed to preserve his challenge to the failure to give his proposed jury instructions; and the district court did not plainly err in instructing the jury.