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Whistleblower Rewards: How They Work

By Jonathan DeSantis The federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) allows an individual with knowledge of fraud upon the federal government, often known as a whistleblower or qui tam relator, to bring a lawsuit on the federal government’s behalf to recover the funds. Many states  have adopted similar laws that apply to fraud upon state and [...]

What is a Qui Tam Relator?

By William Ellerbe The simplest answer is that, in False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases, the relator is the whistleblower who brings the FCA claims against the company or individual who is committing fraud. Usually a qui tam relator is an insider—typically a current or former employee—who has access to confidential information showing that his [...]

Tennessee Whistleblower Law

By William Ellerbe The Tennessee False Claims Act  (“Tennessee FCA”) mirrors the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”), but it involves claims made to state and local governments in Tennessee, as opposed to the federal government. The Tennessee Medicaid False Claims Act (“Tennessee Medicaid FCA”) applies to any false claims made to Tennessee’s state Medicaid [...]

What is Whistleblowing?

By Lane L. Vines The eighteenth-century philosopher, Edmund Burke, long ago cautioned that, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.” That admonition still holds true today.  Whistleblowing involves individuals willing to come forward to stop fraud and other wrongdoing against the government (and by extension, the [...]

Vermont False Claims Act

By Jonathan DeSantis In 2015, Vermont enacted its own version of the federal False Claims Act.[1] Generally speaking, the Vermont False Claims Act is very similar to the Federal False Claims Act except that the Vermont law prohibits fraud upon the state government, while the federal law prohibits fraud upon the federal government. What [...]

What is the Florida Private Sector Whistleblower Act?

By Susan Schneider Thomas Like many states, Florida generally has an “at-will” employment policy, meaning that employees can be fired at any time for any reason that doesn’t violate a statutory or constitutional protection. For whistleblowers, that statutory protection comes from the Florida Whistleblower’s Act, which protects public employees, or the Florida Private Sector [...]

Tennessee Medicaid False Claims Act

(Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 71-5-181 to 185) By Russell Paul The Tennessee Medicaid False Claims Act (“Tennessee Medicaid FCA”) allows whistleblowers to sue in the name of the State of Tennessee where a wrongdoer engages in conduct that defrauds the state or local government of its healthcare dollars. This statute is designed to address Medicaid fraud. The Tennessee Medicaid FCA [...]

The Pros and Cons of Whistleblowing

By Susan Schneider Thomas If you observe actions that you believe are illegal and cheating the government what should you do? What are the pros or cons of deciding to report that misconduct to someone – possibly someone within your company, who could fix things? Or reporting to a regulatory agency that your business [...]

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, [...]

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