In May 2013, Laurence Schneider filed a qui tam False Claims Act case against JPMorgan Chase as case no 13-01223, in the District Court for the District of South Carolina. The United States and States declined intervention. The case was then transferred to the District Court for the District of Columbia, specifically as a related case to the National Mortgage Settlement 12-00361 (also known as the NMS Consent Judgement), presided over by District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer.
In November of 2014, Mr. Schneider filed his First Amended Complaint under seal. After several government seal periods, the case was unsealed on August 31, 2015. Mr. Schneider amended the complain in October 2, 2015. On December 2, 2o16, Judge Collyer dismissed Schneider’s NMS FCA claims with prejudice. On February 13, 2017, Mr. Schneider filed an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia as case 17-7003.
On May 17, 2017, Mr. Schneider filed his Appellant Brief. Then, on May 19, 2017, the United States Office of the Solicited General filed an unopposed motion for a 21 day extension in which to file a brief as Amicus Curiae. “The issues presented by this appeal are of importance to the United States, and the Amicus Brief filed by the united States my be of assistance to the court in this case.” On June 14, 2017, the United States filed an Amicus Brief.
For numerous reasons, the United States concluded that “the judgement of the District Court should be vacated and remanded for further proceedings”.