What is the False Claims Act?
The False Claims Act subjects people or corporations who defraud the federal government to liability. The Qui Tam provision of the False Claims Act allows persons and entities with evidence of fraud against federal programs or contracts to sue the wrongdoer on behalf of the US Government. In Qui Tam actions, the government has the right to intervene and join the action. If the government declines, the whistleblower may proceed on their own.
Who can file a Qui Tam suit?
Anyone can file a Qui Tam lawsuit and more than one Plaintiff can join together. However, your suit will be subject to dismissal is someone has already filed a Qui Tam suit based on the same evidence.
What is the cost of filing a Qui Tam suit?
Schiller & Schiller is paid on contingency for False Claims Act cases, meaning that the firm is only paid if the suit is successful. The firm’s pay is a portion of the total recovery amount.
How long will it take the Government to investigate my claim?
It can take from 6 months to more than a year.
Will my identity be disclosed?
Your identity is a secret for the length of the Government investigation, during which the file is under seal. However, after the investigation is complete your name will be revealed. This rule is subject to limited exceptions.
Is there a deadline for filing a Qui Tam suit?
Yes. The False Claims Act states that a lawsuit must be filed within the later of the following two time periods: (1) Six years from the date of the violations; (2) Three years after the federal government knows or should have known about the violation, but in no event longer than 10 years after the violation of the Act.
What happens if someone files the same claim I want to file before I do?
Your claim will be subject to dismissal. Therefore, it is important not to put off speaking with an attorney about your claim.
What if I already informed the Government about the fraud?
You can still file a Qui Tam suit, even if you have already informed the Government.
What are my options if the Government does not pursue my claim?
If the government does not pursue the case and does not dismiss it, you may continue to pursue it as an individual.
What is my potential recovery?
The qui tam reward under the False Claims Act ranges 15% to 30% of the total amount recovered by the government.
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