FALSE CLAIMS ACT, QUI TAM & WHISTLEBLOWER ACTIONS
The False Claims Act is the federal government’s primarily litigation tool in combating fraud. Throughout the years, there has been a significant increase in enforcement activity under the civil and criminal False Claim Acts, both by direct government action and by private qui tam relators. In the fiscal year 2014 alone, the United States recovered nearly $6 billion in False Claims Act settlements and judgments. Many states, as well as the District of Columbia, also have False Claims Act statutes that can be utilized to independently recover state funds lost to alleged fraud.
At The Federal Practice Group, our skilled qui tam defenders provide zealous advocacy at the negotiation table and in the courtroom. Our team consists of internationally recognized trial lawyers who regularly defend clients against fraud and abuse allegations both during investigation and at trial. Many of our attorneys previously served as government prosecutors before coming to private practice. We know the courts and investigating agencies, and understand how government prosecutors think. This specialized knowledge allows our attorneys to develop a tailor-made strategy based on the anticipated tactics and theories of prosecutors or investigators. The result is a proactive, thorough and analytical approach to defense that is necessary given the high-stakes involved in qui tam cases.