Hagens Berman often represents whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws.
The False Claims Act authorizes private citizens to sue companies and individuals that defraud the government. In return, those citizens, known as whistleblowers, are rewarded by the government with a portion of any recovered funds. In a successful suit, the whistleblower can receive anywhere between 15 and 30 percent of the government’s overall recovery.
A whistleblower initially files a case under seal to the government so that the government can investigate the defendant, and the government then can either take over the whistleblower’s case, or it may decline, allowing the whistleblower to proceed on their own.
Blowing the whistle can be rewarding:
According to Taxpayers Against Fraud, a nonprofit public interest organization, since 1986, False Claims Act recoveries (both federal and state) total more than $28 billion.
According to another nonprofit, the Government Accountability Project, in 2011 the Department of Justice recovered a record-breaking $2.8 billion in False Claims Act Cases.
Though several of our False Claims Act whistleblower matters remain confidential or under court-ordered seal, below are some of our recent cases.