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Federal False Claims Act

What is the False Claims Act?

The False Claims Act was enacted by Congress in 1863 and allows whistleblowers to bring a qui tam lawsuit against a company defrauding the government. The Act typically allows whistleblowers to receive a percentage of the government’s recovery and protects employees against retaliation.

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Conduct Prohibited by the False Claims Act

The False Claims Act prohibits knowingly doing any of the following to the federal government:

  • Presenting a false or fraudulent claim for payment
  • Using a false record or statement to get a claim paid
  • Conspiring with others to get a false or fraudulent claim paid
  • Using a false record or statement to avoid or decrease an obligation to pay the government

False Claims Act Whistleblower Rewards & Protections

Under the False Claims Act, whistleblowers are often eligible to receive a percentage of the government’s recovery. If the government pursues the case, the whistleblower is typically entitled to 15-25% of the government's recovery, and if the government declines to pursue the case, the whistleblower is entitled to 25-30% of the recovery.

The Act also protects whistleblowers from being harassed, demoted, terminated, or discriminated against by their employer in retaliation. Under the Act, for example, whistleblowers can get their job back, receive back-pay with interest, and receive compensation for any damages they suffered resulting from the retaliation.

False Claims Act Question?

If you have information concerning a possible False Claims Act violation, please fill out the form to the right or call toll-free (866) 981-4800 to speak with one of our whistleblower attorneys.

Why Girard Gibbs?

Girard Gibbs represents consumers, investors, whistleblowers, employees, and businesses in cases involving consumer protection, personal injury, securities, antitrust, employment litigation and arbitration. The firm’s senior partners, Daniel Girard and Eric Gibbs, have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 and Northern California Super Lawyers, and have earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.

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