Okla. Stat. tit. 63 § 5053.5

Current through Laws 2024, c. 1.
Section 5053.5 - Prohibition of certain individual actions - Dismissal - Liability for expenses or fees - Relief following adverse acts - Statute of limitations
A. In no event may a person bring an action under subsection B of Section 5053.2 of this title which is based upon allegations or transactions which are the subject of a civil suit or an administrative civil money penalty proceeding in which the state is already a party.
B. The court shall dismiss an action or claim under this section, unless opposed by the state, if substantially the same allegations or transactions as alleged in the action or claim were publicly disclosed in a criminal, civil or administrative hearing, in which the state or its agent is a party, in a legislative, or State Auditor and Inspector report, hearing, audit or investigation, or from the news media, unless the action is brought by the Attorney General or the person bringing the action is an original source of the information. For purposes of this subsection, "original source" means an individual who either:
1. Prior to a public disclosure under subsection B of this section, has voluntarily disclosed to the state the information on which allegations or transactions in a claim are based; or
2. Has knowledge that is independent of and materially adds to the publicly disclosed allegations or transactions, and who has voluntarily provided the information to the state before filing an action under the Oklahoma Medicaid False Claims Act.
C. The state is not liable for expenses which a person incurs in bringing an action under this section.
D. In civil actions brought under this section by this state, the provisions of Title 28 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall apply.
E. Any employee, contractor or agent shall be entitled to:
1. All relief necessary to make the employee, contractor or agent whole, if the employee, contractor or agent is discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed, or in any other manner discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment because of lawful acts done by the employee, contractor, agent or associated others in furtherance of an action under this act, or other efforts to stop one or more violations of the Oklahoma Medicaid False Claims Act.
2. Relief which shall include reinstatement with the same seniority status the employee, contractor or agent would have had but for the discrimination, two times the amount of back pay, interest on the back pay, and compensation for any special damages sustained as a result of the discrimination, including litigation costs and reasonable attorney fees. An action under this section may be brought in the appropriate district court of the State of Oklahoma for the relief provided in this subsection.
F. An action under this section shall not be brought more than three (3) years after the date when the retaliation occurred.

Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 5053.5

Amended by Laws 2017 , c. 86, s. 2, eff. 11/1/2017.
Amended by Laws 2016 , c. 44, s. 5, eff. 11/1/2016.
Added by Laws 2007 , SB 889, c. 137, §6, eff. 11/1/2007; Amended by Laws 2009 , SB 699, c. 32, §2, eff. 11/1/2009.