Qui Tam Whistleblower's Guide to the False Claims Act

False Claims Act and Qui Tam

The False Claims Act, sometimes referred to as the FCA, was enacted in 1863, and was amended most recently in 1986. The FCA contains an ancient legal device called the "qui tam" provision which is shorthand for the Latin phrase:

qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur
he who brings a case on behalf of our lord the King, as well as for himself

The False Claims Act allows a private individual with knowledge of past or present fraud on the federal government to sue on the government’s behalf to recover compensatory damages, civil penalties, and triple damages.

With Congress' 1986 amendment to strengthen this Civil War Era statute a powerful public-private partnership was put in play to uncover fraud against the federal government and obtaining the maximum recovery for the U.S. Treasury. The FCA has become an important tool for uncovering fraud and abuse of government programs. The FCA compensates the private whistleblower, known as the relator, if his or her efforts are successful in helping the government recover fraudulently obtained government funds.

How do I know if I have a Qui Tam case?

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