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Background on whistleblower lawsuits
The government's partnership with private citizens in the fight against fraud was cemented in 1986, when Congress amended the False Claims Act, the United States' primary tool against government fraud.
The amendments strengthened the act by, among other things, revising the statute's qui tam provisions, which were intended to encourage whistleblowers to come forward with allegations of fraud.
The 1986 amendments reduced the barriers to citizens such as yourself bringing lawsuits on behalf of the government, and increased the incentives to filing such whistleblower lawsuits.
Whistleblower lawsuits settlements
Of the $2.4 billion in settlements and judgments obtained in fiscal year 2009, nearly $2 billion was recovered in whistleblower lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act's qui tam provisions.
These provisions authorize private persons, known as "relators," to file suit on behalf of the United States against those who have falsely or fraudulently claimed federal funds.
Such cases run the gamut of federally funded programs, from Medicare and Medicaid to defense and other government procurement contracts, federally insured mortgage and other federal housing programs, disaster assistance loans, agricultural subsidies and more.
Persons who knowingly make false claims for federal funds are liable for three times the government's loss plus a civil penalty of $5,500 to $11,000 for each claim.
Relators recover 15 to 25 percent of the proceeds of a successful suit if the United States intervenes in the qui tam whistleblower pharmaceuticals lawsuits, and up to 30 percent if the United States declines and the relator pursues the lawsuit alone.
In fiscal year 2009, relators were awarded $255 million. (This figure does not include relator shares awarded after Sept. 30, 2009.)
Fiscal year 2009 settlements include two records, both triggered by qui tam whistleblower lawsuits. In a record settlement of federal Medicaid claims, the state of New York and New York City agreed to pay the United States $540 million.
And in a record settlement in a General Services Administration defective pricing case, NetApp Inc. and NetApp U.S. Public Sector Inc. paid the government $128.7 million.
Moving forward with a possible New York qui tam case
If you are aware of an individual person or company that you think may be violating the Federal False Claims Act or a State False Claims Act, you should contact an attorney who can assist you in evaluating your potential claim.
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