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Our falseclaimslawyer.com website is for False Claims Act, SEC, CFTC and IRS tax whistleblowers and their attorneys to learn about the False Claims Act and its qui tam provisions and about SEC and IRS whistleblowing laws. The False Claims Act, SEC, CFTC and IRS whistleblower laws all allow individuals to file a lawsuit or claim that could entitle them to a reward, a financial share of the Government's recovery from wrongdoers. Ann Lugbill and Murphy Anderson, PLLC regularly represent whistleblowers in federal court and the IRS and SEC whistleblower offices. This website reflects our decades of experience in representing our whistleblower clients.
Our Attorneys have been Counsel in some of the most successful cases brought under the False Claims Act. Murphy Anderson attorneys work together in a team to represent False Claims Act qui tam relators, often in teams with other law firms, to achieve the best results possible for the clients. We work hard to augment the Government's resources by carefully preparing our cases, thoroughly interviewing and "debriefing" our whistleblower clients, and providing the Government with a detailed, coherent explanation of the facts of the False Claims Act qui tam fraud scheme.
False Claims Act
The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §3729 et seq., was once known as the "Lincoln Law." First enacted during the Civil War, the False Claims Act is designed to help whistleblowers protect themselves and the Government from those who seek to commit fraud when doing business with the Government. Under the False Claims Act's "qui tam" provisions, an individual blowing the whistle on those companies, individuals, institutions, and businesses that cheat state and federal government agencies, can become a qui tam "relator" and bring a lawsuit to expose and prosecute the fraud.
Whistleblowers bringing qui tam lawsuits under the federal and state False Claims Act have successfully recovered over $36 billion from fraudulent government contractors. Far more governmental resources are now focused on investigating and prosecuting fraudulent contractors in the health, defense, and other industries.
The False Claims Act has vigorous enforcement provisions. The Act provides for treble damages and civil penalties of $5500 to $11,000 for each false claim. False Claims Act qui tam relators who successfully bring suit are rewarded with a "bounty" of 15 to 30 percent of the Government's recovery.
The False Claims Act's qui tam provisions are based upon hundreds of years of English and American law. The term "Qui Tam" (rhymes with "Sea Clam") comes from a Latin phrase and means, "he who sues on behalf of the king." A False Claims Act defendant can be legally liable for filing a false claim for payment or by causing another company or person to send the Government a false bill or request for payment. Whistleblowers are like plaintiffs in other litigation, but in False Claims Act qui tam suits are called "relators."
False Claims Act Cases Include:
Medical Device and Durable Medical Goods Fraud
Drug and Pharmaceutical Fraud
Defense Contracting Fraud
GSA Schedule and Catalog "Best Price" Violations
Government Contractor Fraud
Fraudulent Loans & Grants
State and Local Government Contracting Fraud
Health Care Fraud
IRS, CFTC, and SEC Whistleblowing
Whistleblowers may have claims under the special, newer statutes designed to encourage IRS (tax), CFTC (commodities) and SEC (investments) whistleblowers to come forward. These whistleblowers may receive a sizeable award of money if they successfully report tax cheats--the Internal Revenue Service then investigates the whistleblower tips. Whistleblowers can share in penalties or fines assessed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), when they report corporate violations of law and illegal financial transactions.