This website is designed to inform potential False Claims Act whistleblowers and their attorneys about the False Claims Act and its qui tam provisions. 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 $ 20 billion from fraudulent government contractors. The new Obama Administration has promised that far more governmental resources will be focused upon ferreting out 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 also 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 simply 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
- Medicare Fraud
- Medicaid Fraud
- Drug and Pharmaceutical Fraud
- Defense Contracting Fraud
- Iraq and Afghanistan War Fraud
- Government Contractor Fraud
- Fraudulent Loans & Grants
- State and Local Government Contracting Fraud
Our Attorneys have been Counsel in some of the most successful cases brought under the False Claims Act. They work together 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.