Defense Contractor Settles Whistleblower Case
False Claims Act Suit
Recently, a defense contractor and its subsidiaries settled a large, ongoing whistleblower, or qui tam, lawsuit for allegedly defrauding the government. In the action, the whistleblower/relator alleged that the contractor and several of its subsidiaries had conspired to induce the Defense Department to award small business set asides to which the conspiring companies were not entitled under the law. The case was brought under the whistleblower provisions of the federal False Claims Act (FCA). California also has a false claims act for false reimbursement or payment claims submitted to the State of California. The attorneys at Evans Law Firm have extensive experience with whistleblower/qui tam cases under the federal and California False Claims Act, including cases of government contractor fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and whistleblower cases of tax avoidance schemes and securities and investment fraud. If you have credible information for a whistleblower or qui tam case, call the Evans Law Firm Inc. today at (415) 441-8669.
The False Claims Act entitles private individuals, acting as whistleblowers, to bring lawsuits against parties who have submitted false claims to the government for reimbursements or awards of supply contracts. The whistleblower/relator in this case claimed defendants secured government contracts in the millions by misrepresenting that they met the government’s small business set aside program’s eligibility requirements. The settlement amounts to $16 million and is among the largest ever in connection with small-business contracting programs. Pursuant to the settlement, the defendants denied any wrongdoing. The case is still largely under seal but published reports indicate that the relator/whistleblower will receive about $2.9 million as part of the resolution of the case.
Whistleblower/qui tam cases are long and very complex. This particular case took over four years of discovery and investigation. Whistleblower or qui tam cases begin with original and credible information of false claims and include hard documentation and other evidence supporting that information. We here at Evans Law Firm have years of experience with whistleblower and qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act and US tax laws against tax avoidance schemes. We know what the kind of evidence the government looks for in these cases and know how best to structure, organize, and present your evidence and documentation through initial application or complaint, discovery and investigation, and trial and/or settlement negotiations.
If you or a loved one has information regarding a whistleblower or qui tam case in San Francisco County or any California county brought under the False Claims Act or under the Internal Revenue Code for prosecution of tax avoidance schemes including offshore schemes, contact the Evans Law Firm whistleblower and qui tam attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with large whistleblower cases, complex financial contract litigation, and large insurance companies. We can help guide your case through whistleblower false claims applications, discovery and investigation, arbitration, 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.