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Feb 4, 2015 by |

California False Claims Act: Protecting Whistleblowers

The False Claims Act is a powerful tool to protect and encourage whistleblowers to report any wrongdoings of a company or business. The False Claims Act (also known as the Lincoln law) was enacted back in the civil war, with the same purpose it has until this day: to fight against fraud.

In California, individuals may bring whistleblower complaints to the State Attorney General under the California False Claims Act. Under this act, a whistleblower is allowed to bring a suit (in the name of the government) if they suspect any wrongful conduct of a business or company, that affects the government financially.

When lawsuit becomes successful, The False Claims Act also rewards whistleblowers in their efforts to help the government recover funds.
According to New York Times, the Federal Government is suing a number of cardiologists and hospitals, for their alleged usage of unnecessary procedures in surgeries, to receive extra funding from the government. The suit claims there were high numbers of patients who were scheduled for heart procedures but also had imaging done of other vessels. This discovery was aided with the help of two whistleblower lawsuits against a particular doctor, whom was believed to have collected $18 million in payments from Medicare. Whether this lawsuit becomes successful or not, this example shows just how powerful whistleblowing (under the False Claims Act) is to uncover company wrongdoings.
If you believe you have a whistleblower claim, contact the Evans Law Firm, Inc. for a free and confidential consultation at 415-441-8669 or The Evans Law Firm, Inc. handles qui tam (whistleblower/false claims) litigation, whistleblower award claims, consumer class action fraud, and financial fraud cases.

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