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New Jersey False Claims Act

In 2008, the State of New Jersey adopted the New Jersey False Claims Act ("New Jersey FCA"), its own version of the federal False Claims Act ("FCA"). A person or entity may be held liable under the New Jersey FCA for false claims submitted to New Jersey. Further, the Act allows private individuals who know about [...]

By | 2018-06-08T10:26:34+00:00 June 8th, 2018|False Claims Act Information|

IRS Awards Whistleblower for Tax Fraud Case: Birkenfeld and IRS Tax Fraud Lawyers Victory

The IRS awarded former banker at UBS, whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, an award of $104 million for the inside information he provided related to UBS's illegal offshore banking tax fraud case.  UBS AG, a corporation organized under the laws of Switzerland, operates a global financial services business. Beginning in 2000 and continuing until 2007, UBS, through [...]

By | 2018-06-08T10:15:27+00:00 June 8th, 2018|False Claims Act Legal News|

District of Columbia False Claims Act

In 2011, the District of Columbia adopted the District of Columbia False Claims Act ("DC False Claims Act"), its own version of the federal False Claims Act ("FCA"). The DC False Claims Act allows private individuals who know about fraud to bring a qui tam case against a person or entity for submitting or causing the [...]

By | 2018-06-08T09:46:55+00:00 June 7th, 2018|False Claims Act Information|

GlaxoSmithKline False Claims Act Suit to Settle for $3 Billion

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $3 billion in fines to settle criminal and civil violations.  This is the largest health care fraud settlement to date in the United States. The qui tam portion of the civil lawsuit arose under the False Claims Act and is said to be worth over $1 billion.  At issue in the civil [...]

By | 2018-04-18T17:14:12+00:00 April 18th, 2018|False Claims Act Legal News|

Should I be a Whistleblower and Report Government Fraud?

Why be a Whistleblower? Regardless of your political persuasion, your view about big or small government, or even your position on various government programs, everyone would agree that we need to catch and reduce the amount of fraud committed on the government.  Private citizens -- whether as consumers, employees, patients or observers -- play a [...]

By | 2018-04-18T17:11:41+00:00 April 18th, 2018|False Claims Act Information|

Government Whistleblower Awards Under the False Claims Act: Can a Relator Share in Non-Monetary Proceeds of a Settlement?

The False Claims Act Provides Awards to Successful Whistleblowers The False Claims Act provides for an award to a qui tam plaintiff in the event the government settles a qui tam suit.  If the Government settles a qui tam action brought by a whistleblower notifying the government of fraud, the whistleblower (often called a "relator") is entitled to "receive [...]

By | 2018-04-18T17:08:46+00:00 April 18th, 2018|False Claims Act Information|

The False Claims Act Public Disclosure Bar and the Meaning of “News Media”

What is Meant by "News Media" Under the False Claims Act? Under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. 3730(e)(4)(A)(iii), "the court shall dismiss an action or claim . . . unless opposed by the government, if substantially the same allegation or transaction as alleged in the action or claims were publically disclosed from the news [...]

By | 2018-04-18T17:02:20+00:00 April 18th, 2018|False Claims Act Information|

False Claims Act’s “Alternate Remedy Provision” & The SEC Whistleblower Statute’s “Related Action” Provision

What is the False Claims Act Alternative Ready Provision? When a relator brings a false claims action in the name of the Government under the False Claims Act ("FCA"), the Government may elect to pursue its claim through any alternate remedy available to the Government, including any administrative proceeding, to determine a civil money penalty.  If any such alternate [...]

By | 2018-04-18T16:59:26+00:00 April 18th, 2018|SEC Fraud|
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