The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729, et seq., provides a cause of action on behalf of the United States against a person or entity that knowingly submits a false or fraudulent claim to the United States. These are commonly referred to as qui tam actions and are brought by an individual, known as a relator, who sues on behalf of the United States.
qui tam actions are filed by people with insider knowledge of allegedly false claims, and often involve health care, military, or government spending programs.
Stakes are high for defendants in these actions as damages can be tripled if a violation is proven, and additional civil penalties may also apply. With stakes of this magnitude, our clients rely on us to defend them vigorously, and we have done so in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, and financial services.