In U.S. ex rel. Wildhirt v. AARS Forever, Inc., No. 09-1215 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 19, 2013), whistleblowers brought a qui tam suit alleging that the defendants had violated the False Claims Act and its Illinois analogue by falsely billing Medicare and Medicaid for patients in the Veterans Administration hospital system and by terminating their employment in retaliation for calling attention to the false claims. In connection with the filing of the lawsuit, the relators allegedly disclosed confidential documents and verbal communications to their lawyer, to the government, and to the public. The defendants filed counterclaims for breach of the relators’ employment agreement, in which they agreed not to disclose confidential information without authorization, not to receive monetary reimbursement for involvement in a whistleblower action against the company, and to notify the company in writing immediately if they suspected practices that may be of concern. The court denied a motion to dismiss the counterclaims, rejecting the plaintiffs’ argument that the confidentiality agreements were contrary to public policy.