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Feb 13, 2016 by |

The Ascent of Health Care Qui Tam Litigation

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a federal law that imposes liability on federal contractors who defraud governmental programs. The Government is usually the most appropriate to act against fraud, but the FCA includes a qui tam provision that allows people, called the relators or whistleblower, to file actions on behalf the government.
Currently, the qui tam lawsuits mainly concern Health Care, and the Department of the Justice reported in its statistical information that most of the cases are brought by qui tam relators. Also, the Government recovered more money thanks to settlement or judgment than in the past. In 1995, it was less than $500 million; it is $3.5 billion twenty years later. Of the $3.5 billion obtained by the DOJ, more than $2.8 billion related to suits filed under the whistleblower provision.
At this point, the False Claims Act proves effective and in the best interest of the whistleblowers in this matter. Thanks to them, the Government can regain the concealing money through fraud. It is for this reason that the Government rewards the relators, paying 15 to 30 percent of the money recovered.
If you know of any fraud carried out by a company against the government, contact the Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at info@evanslaw.com. Evans Law Firm handle qui tam and whistleblower cases, as well as, financial and physical elder abuse and nursing home abuse, healthcare, insurance, annuity, and banking fraud.

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