The False Claims Act allows individuals to file lawsuits against parties that are defrauding the government by submitting false claims in areas such as health care or defense contracts. If you expose a claim that is knowingly false, you are entitled to receive up to 30 percent of the claim’s worth. Note that you must be the first to file the claim to be entitled to the reward, so you want to take the action immediately. It is important that whistleblowers provide specific examples about the fraudulent conduct in order for the lawsuit to move forward.
What prevents many people from pursuing a whistleblower action is the potential that their reputation might be negatively affected. Thankfully, all False Claims Act lawsuits are filed confidentially and may not be viewed by either the accused or the general public. Moreover, while the investigation is ongoing, the accused may not be made aware of the investigator or who initiated the investigation.
The Falkowitz Law Firm represents whistleblowers in the following areas:
- Government Contracting/Grant Fraud
- Government Overcharges
- Illegal Kickbacks
- Illegal Upcoding
- IRS Fraud
- Medicare Fraud
- Off-Label Marketing
- Pharmaceutical Fraud
- Selling Defective Products
If you believe that you may have a potential whistleblower claim, call the Falkowitz Law Firm anytime for a free consultation.