False Claims Act Program
The False Claims Act, also known as the Lincoln Law, finds its origins in the American Civil War. As a result of contractors providing sub-par goods to the Union Army, the False Claims Act was created to prevent companies from delivering less than promised goods and services.
Since 1863 the False Claims Act has seen numerous amendments; the most notable of which passed in 1986 and awarded whistleblowers who brought successful cases to the attention of the U.S. government a monetary reward for their efforts.
A whistleblower lawsuit brought forward under the False Claims Act is also referred to as a “qui tam lawsuit.” Essentially, a qui tam case is brought forward by a private party (the whistleblower) on behalf of the government, and in return, is offered a whistleblower reward for their contribution when the case settles.
Qui tam relators are now entitled to between 15% and 30% of the government’s recovery. Companies that are found guilty of defrauding the government can be subject to treble damages and severe penalties for their misconduct.
Recoveries in qui tam cases in FY 2013 totaled more than $2.9 billion with whistleblowers recovering $345 million in awards.
False Claims Acts by State
In addition to the federal act, many states have their own specific version of the False Claims Act which includes certain provisions, statutes, and limitations that differ from the original. In certain jurisdictions, a qui tam relator can file complaints with both the state and the federal government, and may receive separate whistleblower rewards from each party.
Below are the False Claims Act for each state that currently offers qui tam provisions in its legislature:
Some states also have additional provisions which may offer further whistleblower protections. Some of these include the New York State Labor Law and the California Insurance Code. At Whistleblower Justice Network, we utilize our knowledge of state-specific laws to ensure the highest level of protection and reward for our clients.
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