Difference between revisions of "False Claims Act"

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In a non-intervened case, the relator can obtain between 25% to 30% of the recovery.  Additionally, a relator who prevails in an FCA action—regardless of whether the government intervenes—is entitled to “reasonable expenses which the court finds to have been necessarily incurred, plus reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.” 31 U.S.C. § 3730(d).  Qui tam whistleblower lawsuits have enabled the government to recover more than '''$40 billion.'''
In a non-intervened case, the relator can obtain between 25% to 30% of the recovery.  Additionally, a relator who prevails in an FCA action—regardless of whether the government intervenes—is entitled to “reasonable expenses which the court finds to have been necessarily incurred, plus reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.” 31 U.S.C. § 3730(d).  Qui tam whistleblower lawsuits have enabled the government to recover more than '''$40 billion.'''


=='''The False Claims Act also [https://www.zuckermanlaw.com/false-claims-act-whistleblower-retaliation-lawyer/ protects whistleblowers from retaliation].'''==
=='''The False Claims Act [https://www.zuckermanlaw.com/false-claims-act-whistleblower-retaliation-lawyer/ Protects Whistleblowers from Retaliation].'''==


The [https://www.zuckermanlaw.com/sp_faq/qui-tam-lawsuit/ qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act] have been enormously effective in enlisting private citizens to combat fraud against the government. Qui tam whistleblowers, also known as relators, have enabled the government to recover more than '''$60 billion'''. In fiscal year 2017 alone, qui tam actions brought by whistleblowers resulted in '''$3.4 billion in settlements''' and judgments, and the government paid '''$392 million in whistleblower awards''' to False Claims Act whistleblowers.
The [https://www.zuckermanlaw.com/sp_faq/qui-tam-lawsuit/ qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act] have been enormously effective in enlisting private citizens to combat fraud against the government. Qui tam whistleblowers, also known as relators, have enabled the government to recover more than '''$60 billion'''. In fiscal year 2017 alone, qui tam actions brought by whistleblowers resulted in '''$3.4 billion in settlements''' and judgments, and the government paid '''$392 million in whistleblower awards''' to False Claims Act whistleblowers.
The False Claims Act (“FCA”) protects employees, contractors, and agents who engage in protected activity from retaliation in the form of their being “discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed, or in any other manner discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment.” 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h)(1).
False Claims Act whistleblower protection extends not only to employees and contractors, but also to partners.  See U.S. ex rel. Kraemer v. United Dairies, L.L.P., 2019 WL 2233053 (D. Minn. May 23, 2019); Munson Hardisty, LLC v. Legacy Point Apartments, LLC, 359 F. Supp. 3d 546, 558 (E.D. Tenn. 2019) (LLC that was general contractor on defendant’s construction project was proper FCA plaintiff).  In addition, the False Claims Act whistleblower protection law extends to physicians with staff privileges at a hospital. Powers v. Peoples Cmty. Hosp. Auth., 455 N.W.2d 371, 374 (Mich. Ct. App. 1990); El-Khalil v. Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., No. 19-12822, E.D. Mich. April 20, 2020.


A '''qui tam whistleblower''' can be eligible for a large recovery.  But there are many pitfalls and obstacles to proving liability, and there are unique rules and procedures that govern qui tam whistleblower cases. Therefore, it is critical to retain an experienced False Claims Act whistleblower lawyer to maximize your recovery.
A '''qui tam whistleblower''' can be eligible for a large recovery.  But there are many pitfalls and obstacles to proving liability, and there are unique rules and procedures that govern qui tam whistleblower cases. Therefore, it is critical to retain an experienced False Claims Act whistleblower lawyer to maximize your recovery.