Federal Qui Tam Attorney in Washington D.C.

What Are Qui Tam Claims?

Qui tam is a provision within the False Claims Act (FCA) that empowers individuals or entities, often referred to as “whistleblowers” or “relators”, to sue on behalf of the U.S. government for fraudulent claims. The term “qui tam” originates from the Latin phrase “qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur,” which loosely translates to “he who sues on behalf of the king as well as for himself.” This provision incentivizes individuals to report fraud, waste, or abuse of government funds, as they may receive a portion of any recovered damages.

A federal employment law attorney, like those at Solomon Law Firm, PLLC, can play a critical role in qui tam claims, offering guidance and representation to relators throughout this complex legal process. We are well-versed in the nuances of the False Claims Act, ensuring adherence to the specific protocols required when reporting fraudulent activities involving government funds.

Our attorneys can help compile a compelling case by identifying crucial evidence, drafting precise legal documents, and effectively communicating the relator’s claims in court. We can also provide invaluable protection to whistleblowers against potential retaliation or discrimination in the workplace, as afforded under federal law. In essence, it is our goal to be an indispensable ally in the pursuit of justice in qui tam lawsuits.

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Understanding the False Claims Act

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a vital piece of federal legislation enacted in the 1860s. Its primary objective is to combat and deter fraudulent activities aimed at the federal government’s financial resources. The act criminalizes knowingly presenting or causing to be presented a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval to the federal government.

It has a broad applicability and covers various sectors, including healthcare, defense contracts, and others. The FCA allows both the Department of Justice and private citizens (whistleblowers) to take legal action against those suspected of defrauding the government, with large financial penalties for those found guilty.

What Actions Violate the False Claims Act?

Actions that violate the False Claims Act include:

  • Submitting a bill to a government program for goods or services not delivered or rendered.
  • Overbilling for goods or services provided to a government program.
  • Falsifying records or statements to get a claim paid by a government program.
  • Falsely certifying the quality of a product or service to receive government approval.
  • Understating the amount of a debt owed to the government or concealing property to avoid paying the debt.
  • Offering kickbacks or bribes in connection with a government contract or program.
  • Creating or using a false record or statement to decrease an obligation to pay the government or to avoid paying the government.

Can I Remain Anonymous When Reporting Misconduct?

Whistleblowers or realtors can remain anonymous when reporting misconduct, thanks to the False Claims Act, which permits whistleblowers or their attorneys to file qui tam lawsuits.

Initially, the complaint is filed "under seal", keeping it confidential from the public. This allows the government to investigate the allegations without revealing the whistleblower's identity. During the investigation, the whistleblower's identity may be disclosed to investigators and attorneys. Still, it can remain confidential if the government does not intervene, and the case proceeds under the whistleblower's name.

Other whistleblower laws, such as those enforced by the SEC and IRS, also provide confidentiality protections. The SEC's whistleblower program allows individuals to report securities fraud while keeping their identity confidential, provided they have legal representation.

To protect anonymity effectively, whistleblowers should engage a qualified attorney. An attorney can guide the reporting process, preserve confidentiality, and represent the whistleblower in communications with government agencies.

Qui Tam Action Lawyers

Our federal qui tam action lawyers in Washington D.C. can be integral to successfully navigating the litigation process associated with fraudulent claims against the government. Solomon Law Firm, PLLC can assist in a myriad of ways—from meticulously reviewing and analyzing evidence to developing robust legal strategies. Our knowledge encompasses both the procedural and substantive aspects of the False Claims Act, allowing us to handle all phases of litigation effectively.

Our legal team can assist with filing the initial lawsuit and working closely with the Department of Justice during its investigation. If the case proceeds to court, we can represent the whistleblower in litigation. Additionally, we can aid in negotiating settlements or advocating for the whistleblower’s share of any recovered damages. It’s also important to note that our team focuses on upholding the rights of the whistleblower, ensuring protection against retaliation.

To schedule a consultation with one of our qui tams attorneys, call us at (866) 833-3529 today.


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