Whistleblowers and the False Claims Act

Explainer Video by Cohen Milstein

September 25, 2023

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Is your employer or a business you know defrauding a government program such as Medicare or Medicaid? If so, consider reporting the fraud – becoming a whistleblower.

False Claims Act Litigation

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a federal law that protects and potentially rewards whistleblowers. It allows people to report fraud on the government confidentially. If also allows whistleblowers to collect a financial reward if the government recovers from the fraudsters.

Lawsuits arising under the FCA must be filed “under seal.” Only the whistleblower, their counsel, the court, and the government will know it has been filed. This way, the government can investigate the claim while letting the whistleblower remain anonymous.

The government will then decide whether to pursue, or “intervene” in, the case. If it chooses to intervene, the government assumes responsibility for litigating the case. The government works with the whistleblower’s counsel in the litigation. Whistleblowers can receive awards ranging from 15-30 percent of any amount recovered.

Standing with Whistleblowers

Cohen Milstein’s lawyers have decades of experience successfully representing whistleblowers in cases across the country. We handle all types of whistleblower cases, from simple to highly complex matters, across various industries.

Are you thinking about reporting a business you believe is defrauding the government? If so, please complete the form below to contact us and discuss your potential claim. We represent clients on a contingency basis and only receive a fee if we win your case.