If you have first-hand knowledge of companies defrauding the government out of money or property, there’s a law that offers you protection and potentially entitles you to share in any verdict or settlement resulting from your lawsuit.
Both federal and state governments rely on private citizens to report fraud committed against them. Where a company has defrauded the government out of money or property, including falsely certifying compliance with regulations to get money from the government, both federal and state law allows private citizens with first-hand knowledge to sue the company on behalf of the government.
The False Claims Act, also known as the Qui Tam statute, generally allows an individual to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the United States Government against a private contractor where two criteria are met: (1) the company has defrauded the government out of money or property and (2) the whisteblower has first-hand knowledge of fraud or the fraud itself is not publicly known. The person bringing the suit does not have to have been personally harmed by fraud, but the whistleblower may be entitled to receive a share of the verdict or settlement award. Most States, including Texas, have similar laws to protect state governments from fraud committed against them.
If you’re aware of fraud being committing by individuals or companies against the federal or state governments, including department or agency, we can help. We have pursued qui tam lawsuits on behalf of those who have uncovered Medicare/Medicaid fraud and false claims and certifications made by oil companies to the Department of Interior and other regulatory agencies.
Qui Tam lawsuits are complex and challenging. When you’re thinking of moving forward with a whistleblower lawsuit, it’s important to work with a firm that can offer solid experience in the law.
The law firm of Watts Guerra has a unique standing among America’s commercial law firms. With four locations and a staff led by 23 experienced, elite attorneys, Watts Guerra has the knowledge, resources and dedication to address commercial litigation anywhere in the United States.
If you have knowledge of fraud being committed against federal or state governments and would like to discuss your options, contact us online or call us at (800) 294-0055.