False Claims Act Information

New Hampshire False Claims Act

By Russell Paul The New Hampshire False Claims Act (“New Hampshire FCA”) was first enacted in 2004. It authorizes whistleblowers with knowledge of fraudulent efforts by persons or businesses to obtain New Hampshire state funds or to avoid an obligation to pay New Hampshire state funds to file suit on behalf of the state [...]

The Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act

By Daniel Miller The Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act (“WPA”), Mich. Comp. Laws § 15.361-369 (2017), was enacted in 1980. The WPA protects employees, or agents acting on behalf of an employee, who report or are about to report violations of state, local, or federal law to any public body, from retaliation by their employers, [...]

Nevada False Claims Act

By William Ellerbe The Nevada False Claims Act (“Nevada FCA”) mirrors the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) but operates at the state level. Enacted in 1999, the Nevada FCA penalizes people who defraud Nevada’s state or local governments. The Nevada FCA imposes civil liability on “[any] person who, with or without specific intent to defraud, [...]

Isn’t Whistleblower Just a Fancy Word for Tattletale?

By Susan Schneider Thomas Imagine the following scenario: You’ve observed some cheating at work that really troubles you. It seems that your supervisor is cheating the government by lying about testing that your company hasn’t really done on its products, even though testing is required under your government contract. Should you report this? Who [...]

Can Whistleblowers Remain Anonymous?

By Daniel Miller The biggest concern most whistleblowers (aka“Relators”) raise is confidentiality. They want to the do the right thing, but they fear that doing the right thing could cost them their job or their career. These concerns are real. It is widely known that people or companies that defraud the government are capable [...]

What Pennsylvania Laws Protect Whistleblowers?

By Susan Schneider Thomas The broadest whistleblower protection comes, appropriately enough, from a statute known as the Pennsylvania Whistleblowers Act. 43 P.S. §§1421 et seq. In pertinent part, the statute provides that: “No employer may discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate or retaliate against an employee regarding the employee’s compensation, terms, conditions, location or privileges of [...]

Michigan Medicaid False Claims Act

By Joy Clairmont The Michigan Medicaid False Claims Act encourages individuals with information related to Medicaid fraud being perpetrated against the State of Michigan to file a lawsuit on behalf of the State and share in any recovery. Michigan Medicaid False Claims Act Liability As the name implies, the Michigan Medicaid False Claims Act [...]

National Whistleblower Appreciation Day: Why We Practice Qui Tam Law

In honor of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, which takes place on July 30, we asked some of our Whistleblower, Qui Tam & False Claims Act Practice Group attorneys why they practice qui tam law. Each of their reasons and motivations is unique, but there is a common theme throughout all of their answers: a [...]

Philadelphia False Claims Ordinance

By Susan Schneider Thomas Although – or perhaps because – Pennsylvania does not have a state False Claims Act, both the City of Philadelphia and Allegheny County (encompassing Pittsburgh) have municipal ordinances that address false claims. False Claims Ordinance, Phila. Mun. Code §§ 19-3601, et seq.; Allegheny CountyCode of Ordinances § 485-1, et seq. This post will [...]

What is a False Claim?

By Russell Paul Liability under the federal False Claims Act occurs where someone (a person or a corporate entity): (1) knowingly presents (or causes to be presented) a false or fraudulent claim to the Federal Government for payment; (2) knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to [...]

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