Law360, New York (December 20, 2012, 12:18 PM EST) -- In fiscal year 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice recovered nearly $5 billion in False Claims Act settlements and judgments, a single-year high, and the second straight year the DOJ set a new record. If you are a government contractor, receive payments from the federal government, or operate a government program (or one with the government's imprimatur), you are subject to the DOJ's greatly enhanced civil fraud recovery program on every front.
Perhaps of most importance to the private sector is that $3.3 billion of the $5 billion came from a record 647 whistleblower (or qui tam) suits brought by private...
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