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What is the False Claims Act?

Straightforward answers from experienced Houston attorneys with years of experience

During the American Civil War in the 1800s, widespread military contractor fraud occurred on both sides of the war, according to whistleblower lawyers at Brewer & Pritchard. In some cases, private contractors sold the military injured horses, rancid food and defective guns. As a result, precious government resources were wasted on useless products meant for Union and Confederate soldiers.

In response, politicians created the False Claims Act, which is also known as the "Lincoln Law." This 1863 federal law rewards people who report government fraud and other criminal activity. The False Claims Act was revised in 1986 and several other times since then, but the guiding principle remains the same. This law exists to protect people who speak out against illegal activity at the expense of our government.

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In addition, the False Claims Act includes provisions for financially compensating whistleblowers for exposing fraud or corruption. Such rules and regulations are also often known as "qui tam" law, which dates back to 1318 in England. Politicians believe whistleblowers would be more willing to come forward if they received a portion of the money fraudulently billed to the government. That was certainly true for a case involving Johnson & Johnson, which agreed to pay the federal government and most states more than $2 billion in fines and penalties under the False Claims Act for unapproved marketing of its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.

Such cases involving wrongdoing might seem straightforward. Simply report government fraud and your role is finished. But fraud cases involving the False Claims Act are not always so simple. Often, the people committing the fraud you may have witnessed deny any wrongdoing. And making sure you're financially compensated for exposing such corruption can sometimes be problematic if you don't have the right attorney at your side.

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People who take a stand and expose fraud serve a vital role in our society. When you expose fraud and other criminal activity, you're sending a strong, clear message that such illegal behavior will not be tolerated. The work we do with you could prevent similar illegal activity in the future throughout the country.

Take a stand against government corruption. Contact Brewer & Pritchard. Call 800-445-8710 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule an appointment. We respect your privacy and assure you we will do everything we can to protect your rights.

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