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The False Claims Act

Hagens Berman often represents whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws.

The False Claims Act authorizes private citizens to sue companies and individuals that defraud the government. In return, those citizens, known as whistleblowers, are rewarded by the government with a portion of any recovered funds. In a successful suit, the whistleblower can receive anywhere between 15 and 30 percent of the government’s overall recovery.

A whistleblower initially files a case under seal to the government so that the government can investigate the defendant, and the government then can either take over the whistleblower’s case, or it may decline, allowing the whistleblower to proceed on their own.

Blowing the whistle can be rewarding:

  • According to Taxpayers Against Fraud, a nonprofit public interest organization, since 1986, False Claims Act recoveries (both federal and state) total more than $28 billion.
  • According to another nonprofit, the Government Accountability Project, in 2011 the Department of Justice recovered a record-breaking $2.8 billion in False Claims Act Cases.

Though several of our False Claims Act whistleblower matters remain confidential or under court-ordered seal, below are some of our recent cases.

Defendant Date Filed Court Case Number Status
Sound Physicians May 21, 2009 U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington 09-cv-05301 Settled 2013
Amgen Mar 11, 2008 U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington 07-cv-0248 Settled
Bank of America / Countrywide Financial May 13, 2009 U.S. District Court for Eastern New York 09-CV-2040 Settled
Medtronic Jul 27, 2011 U.S. District Court, Massachusetts 08-CV-10368 Settled
Center for Diagnostic Imaging Jan 13, 2005 U.S. District Court, Western Washington 05-CV-0058 Settled 2012