Congress Considers Broadening Whistleblower Statute

Bipartisan bills currently in Congress seek to broaden the reach of the federal False Claims Act, the primary means for private citizens to combat fraud against the government. The FCA, also known as the “Lincoln Law” has been in effect since the Civil War. Initially, the Congress passed the law to allow private citizens to […]

Supreme Court Clarifies Intent in False Claims Act Suits

In Allison Engine Co., Inc., et al., v. United States ex rel. Sanders et al., the Supreme Court addressed the issue of the level of intent necessary for a False Claims Act (“FCA”) action under 31 U.S.C. Sections 3729(a)(2) and (3). In Allison, the United States Navy signed contracts with two shipyards for the construction […]

States Enacting Whistleblower Statutes

The U.S. Department of Justice has a backlog of more than 1000 whistleblower cases awaiting review. As a result, qui tam plaintiffs attorneys are increasingly turning to state courts to file whistleblower suits. Specifically, in the health care context, 23 states and the District of Columbia are pooling their resources to investigate and prosecute Medicaid […]