The federal False Claims Act and its state law equivalents impose liability on persons and companies who defraud governmental programs. These statutes permit individuals and companies (called relators) who have knowledge of fraud perpetrated on the United States or state governments to sue on behalf of the government in qui tam cases. Relators are awarded a percentage of monies recovered by the government, sometimes as much as 30% of the total recovery. False Claims Act cases serve an important purpose in recouping money wrongly obtained from the government (and, therefore, taxpayers) and in deterring similar fraudulent conduct by others. False Claims Act cases can take many forms, including but not limited to healthcare providers and laboratories who defraud Medicare by billing for services not rendered or unnecessary medical treatment, medical provider kickback and self-referral schemes, false representations in procuring and/or performing government contracts, pharmaceutical and medical device companies failing to make full disclosures to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and “off-label” marketing by pharmaceutical companies.
Smith & Brink attorneys have been involved in some of the largest False Claims Act recoveries in the past decade totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. We utilize our extensive experience in complex litigation, our team of experts, and our work with prosecutors and law enforcement to investigate, develop, and litigate False Claims Act cases.
Whistleblowers are critical to the effort to end corrupt, illegal, and unethical corporate practices. If you believe or have a question about whether conduct constitutes a violation of the False Claims Act, please contact us for a confidential consultation using the form below or by calling 888-770-2214.