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A government watchdog asked the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to revive its False Claims Act suit against the Chicago Transit Authority for overbilling the government up to $55 million for bus usage, saying the nonprofit brought original, nonpublic information in the case.


Cause of Action, a Washington-based public interest group, said it was the first to blow the whistle on CTA for its allegedly fraudulent billing of the Federal Transit Administration for miles its buses traveled when they were not in service. U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. dismissed the suit in October, saying the group’s accusations were “substantially the same” as some that had been published elsewhere. But Cause of Action said Wednesday its 2012 complaint went further than the two earlier allegations, neither of which was made public.