Jun 10, 2019 by |

California and San Francisco Whistleblower Attorney: False Claims Act Cases

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False Claims Against the Federal Government

Private Whistleblowers May Have Up To Ten Years To Report Fraud

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that private persons in some situations may have up to 10 years from an alleged fraud against the government to file a whistleblower (also known as qui tam) action on the fraud under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq. In Cochise Consultancy, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Hunt,[1] the Court unanimously held that Section 3731(b)(2) of the FCA applies in all qui tam suits where the provision’s requirements are met, giving whistleblowers 10 years after the fraud to bring suit in certain situations. The ruling is expected to increase the incentives and opportunities for private citizens to bring qui tam cases under the FCA.

Under the FCA, the federal government rewards whistleblowers who present credible, original information of false claims made to government agencies for payments and reimbursements.  The California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent whistleblowers/relators in these false claims cases.  Healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, government contractors, product manufacturers, research institutions, and others may commit fraud against the government by overcharging, billing for services or equipment that is never provided, paying illegal kickbacks, and/or falsifying data in order to receive government payments or grants.  If you have credible information for a false claims whistleblower case or any other whistleblower case in California, call us today at (415)441-8669 and we can help.

To be eligible for a reward, whistleblowers must report the fraud through appropriate court filings or an application addressed to the relevant government agency. That is where the California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm can help.  Our attorneys know the appropriate procedures for your type of allegation and know how to organize and present your credible, original information and documentation in the most effective way.  Additionally, the FCA and other whistleblower statutes protect you from retaliation by your employer for blowing the whistle on fraud.  If you are fired because you brought any fraud to light, you can fight back. You may be entitled to sue your employer in federal court and seek double back pay (with interest), reinstatement, reasonable attorneys’ fees, and reimbursement for certain costs in connection with the litigation.  Our California whistleblower attorneys can represent you in any action for retaliation as well as represent you in your underlying whistleblower application.

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Our whistleblower attorneys handle all types of whistleblower cases in addition to false claims cases, including cases for bank fraud under FIRREA/FIAFEA, commodity trading and securities fraud under the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program and the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program, and tax fraud under the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Program. If you or a loved one has information regarding false claims, offshore tax avoidance schemes against the IRS, or securities and commodity trading fraud in violation of SEC and CFTC regulations, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other California whistleblower and false claims attorneys at Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with complex financial contracts and large insurance companies.  We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement.  We also handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.

[1] No. 18-315 (U.S. May 13, 2019). Evans Law Firm was not involved in the case in any way

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