False Claims, Whistleblower and Qui Tam Claims
SFMS has broad experience in handling legal issues related to false claims, whistleblower and qui tam cases under the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws. The federal False Claims Act has proven to be an effective and powerful tool in fighting Medicare and Medicaid fraud, defense contractor fraud and other types of fraud perpetrated against the federal government. The 'qui tam' provisions, which allow whistleblowers to file False Claims Act lawsuits against companies and individuals that defraud the government, have been a key ingredient in the False Claims Act's success, as the federal government has recovered more than $15 billion as a result of qui tam lawsuits since 1986, with whistleblowers' rewards totaling more than $2.5 billion. SFMS attorneys have represented clients in a number of significant cases under the False Claims Act. In addition, the Firm has significant experiencing representing clients in qui tam cases brought under similar state laws against companies and individuals accused of defrauding state and local government agencies. The Firm currently is representing clients in a number of qui tam actions under the False Claims Act and state law, many of which, including several large prosecutions, are 'under seal' and, therefore, cannot be publicly disclosed.