Cisco Settles False Claims Act Case
Former Consultant Blew Whistle On The Fraud
First FCA Case Involving Cybersecurity
Cisco has agreed to pay $8.6 million to settle a first-of-its-kind whistleblower case under the False Claims Act (FCA) involving cybersecurity issues. A former employee of a Denmark-based consulting group brought the case alleging that Cisco had for years sold internet video surveillance programs to the government despite knowing that the programs could be easily hacked. Cisco had sold its program to all four branches of the U.S. military, Homeland Security, TSA, various police departments and other government agencies. The Cisco case is the first time where a whistleblower in the cybersecurity industry has brought a successful action under the FCA. The whistleblower will receive a reward of up to $1.6 million for bringing his action.
The California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent whistleblowers/relators in FCA cases against government contractors and service providers, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, product manufacturers, research institutions, and others who may commit fraud against the government by misrepresenting products, overcharging, billing for services or equipment never provided, paying illegal kickbacks, and/or falsifying data in order to receive government payments or grants. Our litigators are currently representing a whistleblower in a large FCA case against one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. 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.
Protection for Whistleblowers
Federal and California laws protect you against retaliation from your employer for blowing the whistle on fraud. 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h); Calif. Labor Code §§ 98.6 and 1102.5. If you are fired because you brought any fraud to light, you can fight back. You may be entitled to sue your employer 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.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.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.
 Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.