JUDICIAL:

United States of Am., ex rel. Kenneth Kraemer, & Kenneth Kraemer & Kraemer Farms, LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company, Plaintiffs, v. United Dairies L.L.P., a Minnesota limited liability partnership; Union Dairy, L.L.P., a Minnesota limited liability partnership; Westland Dairy, LLP, a Minnesota limited liability partnership; Alpha Foods, L.L.P., a Minnesota limited liability partnership; Nicholas Ridgeway; Craig Achen; Steven Landwehr; Thomas Landwehr; Matthew Landwehr; Robert Hennen; Silverstreak Dairies, LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company; Greg Marthaler; Marthaler Properties Family LLLP, a Minnesota limited liability limited partnership, d/b/a Marthaler Farms; & Dairyridge, Inc., a S. Dakota corporation, Defendants., No. CV 16-3092 (DWF/LIB), 2019 WL 2233053 (D. Minn. May 23, 2019)
 Plaintiff-relators Kenneth Kraemer (“Kraemer”) and Kraemer Farms, LLC (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) initiated this qui tam action on behalf of the United States of America (the “Government”), against Defendants United Dairies L.L.P. (“United”), a Minnesota limited Liability partnership; Union Dairy, L.L.P. (“Union”), a Minnesota limited liability partnership; Westland Dairy, LLP (“Westland”), a Minnesota limited liability partnership; Alpha Foods, L.L.P. (“Alpha”), a Minnesota limited liability partnership; Nicholas Ridgeway (“Ridgeway”); Craig Achen (“Achen”); Steven Landwehr (“S. Landwehr”); Thomas Landwehr (“T. Landwehr”); Mathew Landwehr (“M. Landwehr”);1 Robert Hennen (“Hennen”); Silverstreak Dairies, LLC (“Silverstreak”), a Minnesota limited liability company; Greg Marthaler (“Marthaler”); Marthaler Properties Family LLLP (“Marthaler Farms”), a Minnesota limited liability limited partnership, d/b/a Marthaler Farms; and Dairyridge, Inc.(“Dairyridge”), a South Dakota corporation (collectively “Defendants”).
Plaintiffs’ qui tam Complaint was filed under seal on September 15, 2016. The Complaint was unsealed on August 4, 2017 and served on Defendants between August 24 and September 5, 2017.  Kraemer asserts two causes of action under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729(a)(1), and a third cause of action for Unjust Enrichment, on behalf of the Government. Kraemer and Kraemer Farms, L.L.C. initially alleged four additional causes of action (the “Kraemer Counts”): (1) retaliation under the FCA, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h) against Defendants United, Union, Ridgeway, Achen, S. Landwehr, T. Landwehr, M. Landwehr, and Hennen; (2) breach of contract against United, and the same individuals listed in Kraemer Count One ; (3) declaratory judgment against the same defendants for the breach of contract alleged in Kraemer Count Two, ; and (4) breach of contract against Union
Only the first Kraemer Count remains. The Court dismissed Count IV with prejudice on March 26, 2018. The Court found Counts II and III subject to mandatory arbitration and dismissed them without prejudice on July 6, 2018. (Doc. No. 69 (“Order”).) Counts II and III were subsequently resolved through arbitration on August 30, 2018.
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs’ motion for partial summary judgment (Doc. No. 86), and Defendants’ motion for summary judgment. The Court denies Plaintiffs’ motion, and grants in part and denies in part Defendants’ motion. Specifically, the Court dismisses Defendant Silverstreak as a party, but denies Defendants’ motion in all other respects.
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