Choosing to come forward with evidence that an individual or business may be committing fraud against the government is a brave and honorable act. Anyone who files a whistleblower lawsuit (also called a qui tam lawsuit) under the False Claims Act is playing a pivotal role in the detection, investigation and prosecution of fraud against the government.
It has been estimated that up to 10 percent of government spending is wasted due to fraud and abuse. The federal False Claims Act, which dates back to Civil War profiteering, authorizes private persons to sue on behalf of the government to recover money stolen by fraud and abuse. The FCA also offers whistleblower protections to ensure that individuals who have the courage to bring fraud allegations to the government’s attention cannot be retaliated against by their employer.
Qui tam lawsuits can be brought against any organization, even government entities, that violate a law or regulation. Whistleblower cases are frequently filed against healthcare providers who submit false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, including pharmaceutical companies that promote and market their drugs deceptively or for unapproved “off label” uses. Other examples of whistleblower lawsuits include claims against defense contractors that cheat the government by overcharging or providing defective goods or services to the Department of Defense, or financial institutions that provide misrepresentations to investors in the name of profit.
If you have witnessed or are aware of fraud against the government that could be costing taxpayer’s money, you have the right and duty to expose it. Whether you are a high ranking official within a company, an employee or even a bystander who becomes aware of fraudulent activities, filing a whistleblower lawsuit requires the assistance of legal professionals with experience handling these complicated cases.
At Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, our whistleblower attorneys have dedicated themselves to public safety and public health advocacy for over two decades. Our firm has litigated thousands of cases against some of the world’s large corporations over defective pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, off-label marketing, improper billing, upcoding, underpaid customs duties and a host of other egregious acts of fraud against the government and consumers.
Baum Hedlund has developed a sophisticated system for carrying out thorough investigations into company misconduct. Representing whistleblowers is a continuation of our legacy of seeking the truth, obtaining justice and holding unethical companies accountable.
If you are aware of corporate wrongdoing or possibly fraudulent activity, we encourage you to contact a Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman whistleblower lawyer immediately so that your case can be properly evaluated. If you decide to go forward and file a qui tam lawsuit, we will ensure your rights are fully protected and that you receive the highest possible reward to which you are entitled.