We understand the risks companies and individuals face under the False Claims Act (FCA), and we work with clients to mitigate potential FCA liability and respond to FCA investigations and litigation. Our team of former government attorneys from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and other federal agencies, has extensive experience investigating, litigating, defending, and settling FCA matters.
Passed during the Civil War to protect the Union Army against fraud and false claims, the FCA has become the DOJ’s most important tool in combating fraud perpetrated on the government. Each year, the DOJ recovers billions of dollars through FCA cases, and whistleblowers (also known as relators), receive hundreds of millions of dollars in rewards for bringing successful FCA lawsuits through the statute’s qui tam provisions.
The DOJ utilizes the FCA to pursue fraud and false claims in numerous areas, including health care, research, government procurement and contracting, grants, and mortgage lending. The FCA is a powerful tool for the DOJ as it provides it with pre-litigation subpoena power, a lengthy statute of limitations, and the availability of treble damages (three times actual damages) plus penalties.
Our team is well-versed to navigate the FCA’s unique landscape. We represent clients in all phases of FCA matters, including internal investigations, subpoena and civil investigative demand response, DOJ investigations, and litigation defense.