Atlanta Attorneys Help You Fight For Justice
The False Claims Act, also known as the Lincoln Law, is the act that is violated when a company deliberately misleads the federal government or falsely misrepresents compliance with any sort of government program in exchange for payment of government money, and someone, a “whistleblower,” exposes this wrongdoing.
The False Claims Act sets the parameters for a whistleblower complaint that specifically deals with issues that impact the federal government. Many states have similar laws protecting whistleblowers and allowing for substantial claims when they expose wrongdoing. Most False Claims Act complaints are filed to prevent or report vast sums of money from being misused or stolen from the government and, therefore, taxpayers. Due to the high stakes behind the average claim, if the case is valid, a whistleblower who reports the federal abuse may be compensated significantly for their information, cooperation and vigilance.
The Team That Leads In Atlanta Whistleblower Cases
At Pratt Clay LLC, our Atlanta injury lawyers – led by attorneys Bradley Pratt and Chuck Clay – believe in doing everything in their power to uphold justice. When a business professional or government agent uncovers illegal actions or moral wrongdoing within their parent company or agency, we offer unwavering and responsive legal representation for the whistleblower in False Claims Act cases.
Our objectives in whistleblower claims are that:
- We ensure the wrongdoing is addressed and stopped.
- We work to prevent retaliation against our client for blowing the whistle.
- We facilitate the assistance of the government, where appropriate.
- We ensure our client is compensated for bringing the wrongdoing to light.
- We take steps under the whistleblower law to protect our client from certain types of retaliation.
Want to know more about whistleblower cases, the False Claims Act and the possible incentives related to such reports and claims? Call 404-566-9460 or contact Pratt Clay LLC to speak with an Atlanta whistleblower lawyer today.
Illegal Actions Worthy Of A Whistleblower Complaint
All False Claims Act cases involve deliberate fraud on the federal or state government. In order to be a whistleblower, you must be aware of the fraud, and it typically must be based on nonpublic information. For example, fraud could include overcharges to the government or mischarges, or charges for products or services that were not provided. As another example, fraud could occur when a company claims entitlement to certain statutory benefits and falsely declares specific criteria that have been met to obtain those benefits.
Whistleblower examples can include:
- Health care fraud
- Hospital and emergency room fraud
- Pharmaceutical or medical device fraud
- Medicare Part D fraud
- Nursing home fraud
- Defense contractor fraud
- Energy fraud
- Construction and procurement fraud
- Financial industry fraud
Damages Available Under The False Claims Act
Appropriate damages depend upon the specific circumstances. The False Claims Act provides that each instance of a false claim could result in a civil penalty between $5,000 and $10,000, and these damages can be “trebled” (or tripled). If there are hundreds or thousands of instances of the false claim being made, the damages could be substantial. A whistleblower (known as a qui tam relator) could be entitled to between 15 and 25% of the amount recovered if the government intervenes, and between 25 and 30% of the amount recovered if the government does not intervene.
It is important to remember that you will have a certain set of legal protections based on your occupation that shields you from retaliation by your employer for whistleblowing. When in doubt, it is best to speak with an attorney about your case and decide how to proceed from there. You can schedule a free consultation with attorneys Bradley Pratt and Chuck Clay, or other members of our Atlanta whistleblower law firm, to begin with.
For the whistleblower, there are a lot of hurdles in these cases. Only an experienced attorney can determine if you have a case worth pursuing and advise you about the steps you should take to protect your interests. Not all cases of wrongdoing will entitle you to compensation. Before you take action, get legal advice.
We Are Your Voice In A Whistleblower Claim
Acting as a corporate whistleblower or reporting federal wrongdoing using the False Claims Act can be an intimidating time. You will be calling out a powerful company or agency that had been knowingly committing fraudulent behavior. The agency may try to shut your statements down with a team of defense attorneys. These attorneys will do everything possible to see that you are not rewarded for speaking up. Keep the scales of justice tipped in your favor.
Do what is right for the good of society. Fight the good fight with the help of our Atlanta False Claims Act attorneys at Pratt Clay LLC. Contact us at 404-566-9460.