Qui tam or “whistleblower” lawsuits are permitted under the federal False Claims Act, which allows a private individual who knows about fraud committed against the federal government to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the government. Many states also have similar laws. In successful qui tam cases, everyone wins — except those who committed the fraud. The government recoups what it lost, and the whistleblower may receive a portion of what is recovered, typically from 15 to 30 percent. Whistleblower lawsuits take many forms and touch many industries. Notable cases recently handled by Preuss | Foster Law involved:
Healthcare fraud involving Medicaid and Medicare, as well as the Veterans Administration.
Off-label marketing of prescription drugs for unapproved medical conditions.
Procurement fraud by government contractors who overbilled or misrepresented goods and services, or who used illegal means such as kickbacks or bribes to win contracts.
Environmental fraud by contractors who fail to comply with environmental statutes and regulations.
Your ability to file and/or recover from a successful whistleblower action could be limited under what is known as the “first to file” rule, which is designed to encourage the prompt reporting of fraud. This rule may require that only the first person — no matter whether they are the most qualified or most knowledgeable about the fraud — is entitled to the government award in a case. This is where qui tam lawsuits are different than other personal injury actions.
If you have knowledge about fraud that has taken place against the federal government, please call us. We may be able to help. We can thoroughly investigate your case to determine if a lawsuit is the appropriate next step, and guide you through the process. We are sympathetic to your experience and can provide compassionate consultation regarding possible next steps.
We pursue Qui tam lawsuits involving fraud, and we offer free investigations into these cases for individuals like you. No payment is required until compensation is collected on your behalf.
The Preuss | Foster Law is experienced, supportive and determined to ensure that justice is served to companies who knowingly commit fraud. Give us a call at 816-307-2788; the road to recovery starts today.