Peterson Baker’s whistleblower litigation practice is dedicated to representing individuals, also referred to as “whistleblowers” or “relators,” who expose fraudulent activity. Our attorneys will assist whistleblowers in exposing violations of securities laws through the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Program and violations of the False Claims Act.
FALSE CLAIMS ACT VIOLATIONS (QUI TAM ACTIONS)
Fraud against the government is a serious and widespread problem. The False Claims Act was enacted to encourage citizens to come forward with information and help the U.S. government to combat defense contract fraud, health care fraud, and other types of fraud. Under the False Claims Act, whistleblowers, otherwise referred to as relators, may initiate actions against individuals or companies who have committed fraud against the government. The whistleblower/relator may be awarded a portion of any money the government recovers as a result of a successful False Claims Act violation lawsuit, also referred to as a qui tam action.
False Claims Act cases frequently involve fraud by government contractors in connection with a government contract, or involve improper charges by healthcare companies to Medicare or Medicaid or similar state healthcare programs. When a False Claims Act or qui tam lawsuit is filed, it is initially filed under seal so the public cannot have immediate access to the allegations or to the identity of the whistleblower. The False Claims Act also provides relators protection against employer retaliation.
Peterson Baker will represent individuals who expose fraudulent activity in violation the False Claims Act or other whistleblower statutes. Attorneys at the firm have substantial relevant experience. If you are concerned about an apparent fraud in violation of the False Claim Act you may contact us for a confidential evaluation of your case. We will contact you directly to discuss your claim.