The False Claims Act, which continues to expand in scope, gives the federal government a powerful enforcement tool in seeking redress for losses from fraud.
This law is used most frequently against government contractors who knowingly submit, directly or indirectly, false claims to the government for payment. In many cases, government contractors who believed they were complying with the law have found themselves subject to government audits or enforcement actions.
The False Claims Act also gives incentives to private citizens—typically employees—to act as "whistleblowers" and bring civil claims on behalf of the government.
When faced with a newly filed whistleblower lawsuit, a contractor's best defense is to persuade federal prosecutors not to intervene. When subject to preliminary investigative demands from the government, a business must persuade the government not to file charges. In either situation, our team of former federal prosecutors has the credibility to make a compelling case to the government on behalf of your company.
Godfrey & Kahn Updates
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