From a very young age, we're all taught important lessons related to being able to discern right from wrong and fair from unfair. We're taught that telling lies, cheating and treating others unfairly is wrong and that, in everything we do, we should consider how our actions affect the lives of others.
The basic concepts of fairness, truthfulness and equality are the basis of humanity and provide the framework that is needed for a civil and democratic society to function. Unfortunately, there are individuals and companies that put their own needs and wants ahead of others and choose to violate laws and regulations for the sake of personal profit and gain.
While some in the U.S. have low opinions of the federal government and Washington politicians in particular, the U.S. government is one of the largest job creators and annually awards billions of dollars in government contracts to U.S. businesses. In fact, USAspending.gov lists that, to date, government contract expenditures for 2015 are in excess of $346 billion.
Regardless of one's opinion of the federal government, attempting to cheat or somehow defraud the U.S. government ultimately hurts all American taxpayers and serves to erode the very ideals and principles upon with the U.S. was founded. For these reasons, individuals who have knowledge of and evidence that an employer took steps to defraud the government are encouraged to come forward.
The federal False Claims Act provides whistleblowers with legal protections as well as the ability to file a qui tam lawsuit and benefit financially by exposing an employer's illegal actions. The attorneys at Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP represent clients in False Claims Act matters and qui tam lawsuits.
At Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP; our team of attorneys understands that complicated legal issues demand more time, attention and focus. Our attorneys are well-versed in numerous and highly-complex areas of the law including employment, securities, products liability and consumer fraud. In order to be strategic and effective in helping clients overcome and triumph in legal disputes; we've developed a network of highly-skilled and adept attorneys who can serve the needs of clients in the U.S. and across the globe.