Whistleblower / Qui tam
Qui tam Claims, Whistleblower Litigation, and False Claims Actions
The federal False Claims Act and Dodd-Frank Act and similar state laws allow employees, executives, and citizens to come forward and assist the government in exposing fraud and illegal activities and receive a financial reward for doing so. The Law Office of Eric A. Shore represents employees and citizens as they fight fraud by pursuing various types of qui tam lawsuits and whistleblower claims, including:
- False Claim Act (fraudulent claims against federal agencies)
- Dodd-Frank whistleblowers (fraud in the securities industry)
- Anti-Kickback violations (illegal kickbacks to medical providers)
- FIRREA violations (fraudulent practices in the banking industry)
- IRS whistleblowers (corporate schemes to defraud the U.S. Treasury)
The federal False Claims Act has proven to be an effective and powerful tool in fighting Medicare and Medicaid fraud, defense contractor fraud, and other types of fraud perpetrated against the federal government. The qui tam provisions, which allow whistleblowers to file False Claims Act lawsuits against companies and individuals that defraud the government, have been a key ingredient in the False Claims Act’s success, as the federal government has recovered billions as a result of qui tam lawsuits over the last four decades with whistleblowers’ rewards totaling nearly $3 billion.
The False Claims Act cases are initially filed with the United States Attorney General’s office or the Department of Justice with the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore acting as an adjunct to the federal authorities. In some circumstances, the law firm represents whistleblower in prosecuting the qui tam action independently of the government investigation.
In addition to the federal False Claims Act litigation, citizens and employees can bring whistleblower cases under similar state laws against companies and individuals accused of defrauding state and local government agencies.
The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) was enacted in response to the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. This federal statute has proved instrumental in civil actions relating to bank fraud and mortgage fraud as well as bribery of loan officers and the making false statements to the FDIC, HUD and other federally insured entities. Like other whistleblower laws, the FIRREA whistleblowers are entitled to a significant portion of any monetary recovery.