The federal government and many state governments have created powerful tools designed to expose fraud, graft and corruption in the purchase of products and services by government agencies. The Federal Civil False Claims Act (FCFCA) allows a party with knowledge of fraudulent behavior to file a qui tam lawsuit against the party engaging in the behavior. As an incentive, the party filing the suit (called a relator) is eligible to receive a percentage of the funds recovered by the government, plus attorney fees and court costs.
Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., is a law firm that provides results-oriented representation in whistleblower/qui tam litigation. Our attorneys understand the many factual and legal complexities that these cases present, and we work diligently to get the best possible result for every client.
Plaintiffs (relators) can be any party with firsthand knowledge of the fraudulent behavior:
Employees or former employees — In many whistleblower cases, employees at the offending organizations have become aware that their employers have engaged in fraudulent behavior. The qui tam provisions of FCFCA provide protection for whistleblowers.
Competitors — A competitor that plays by the rules is often the victim in these cases. A company that has lost out on a contract due to bid rigging, kickbacks or other fraudulent actions can file a whistleblower lawsuit.
State and local governments — FCFCA was amended in 1986 to allow state and local governments to file qui tam lawsuits against contractors, suppliers and medical providers that engage in fraudulent behavior.
Other organizations — Public interest groups, professional organizations and other parties can file whistleblower lawsuits.
There are numerous other additional requirements for filing a whistleblower lawsuit. The most important of these are:
First to file requirement — To have a valid claim, yours must be the first qui tam lawsuit filed. If you have knowledge of wrongdoing on the part of a government contractor or supplier, chances are good that someone else knows, too. You should speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
Public disclosure requirement — If the wrongdoing has already been publicly disclosed, you cannot file a whistleblower cases. However, this is a complex area of the law. The lawyers at Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., have the experience and knowledge to guide you.
Please contact our firm to speak with an experienced whistleblower lawyer. We offer strategic and results-driven legal service to clients in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and federal government employees around the world.