Trends In Qui Tam False Claims Cases

Law360, New York (July 26, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT) -- Since 1987, whistleblowers have helped the United States federal government recover more than $18 billion from fraudulent claims. In qui tam litigation, a private citizen sues those who have allegedly defrauded the government.[1]

Since the 1986 amendments to the False Claims Act (FCA), which considerably enhanced the government’s ability to fight fraud, the number of qui tam false claims cases has grown by double digits each year.

Government intervention is an important factor affecting the outcomes of such cases. This column analyzes the trends in qui...
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