The federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) is a key government civil enforcement tool that has been employed to target a broad spectrum of alleged frauds against the government and provides job protection to whistleblowers because of the professional and personal risks they take to expose and stop fraud against the government. The FCA grants to private citizens under its qui tam provisions the right to sue on behalf of the government and share in any recovery. It provides for up to treble damages and awards of 15 to 30 percent of recoveries for those bringing cases. The FCA is the single most important tool U.S. taxpayers have to recover the billions of dollars stolen through fraud every year. New York has a parallel statute.
We have successfully represented whistleblowers in qui tam cases on behalf of the United States and New York State governments, disclosing Medicare and Medicaid fraud and other unlawful false claims and fraud made upon the governments, and recovering for our clients monetary awards based upon the size of the governments’ recovery. We have also successfully represented the whistleblowers in their direct claims for retaliatory discharge from employment.