Gentry Locke’s Qui Tam Relator Practice represents whistleblowers who may have standing as qui tam relators.
Gentry Locke attorneys have experience with claims arising out of the health care industry, defense and government contracts, and federal grant funding. Our team works hand-in-hand with federal prosecutors and agencies in these cases to maximize both the recovery of taxpayer funds to the government and the whistleblower’s reward.
False Claims Act Litigation
The primary focus of Gentry Locke’s whistleblower and qui tam practice is the False Claims Act, or “FCA.” The FCA is the strongest weapon in the federal arsenal for recovering government funds paid based upon false claims. One of the hallmarks of the FCA is its qui tam provision, which allows a private citizen whistleblower, or “relator,” to bring suit on behalf of the government. By statute, a qui tam relator may receive 10% to 30% of the government recovery.
The United States Government recovered over $38.9 billion through the FCA from 1987 to 2013, with over 70%, or $27.2 billion, coming from cases with a qui tam relator. The federal government is taking an increasingly aggressive stance in FCA litigation every year, with the number of cases and recoveries growing rapidly. In 2014 alone, the Department of Justice announced settlements and judgments totaling almost $3 billion.
Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Statutes
In the age of Enron, Bernie Madoff, and the Wall Street scandals, it comes as no surprise that the U.S. Government has sought new ways to uncover fraud. Due to the success of the FCA qui tam provision, Congress placed similar qui tam provisions in other whistleblower statutes, including Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank.
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