Riley Allen Law is experienced at fighting False Claims Act cases filed on behalf of whistleblowers that are looking out for the common good of society.
You may not know you can help stop fraud against our country while earning a reward for yourself. A little known law, known as the False Claims Act, was initially passed in 1863 to reduce waste against the government and put control in the hands of everyday citizens. Best of all, the process is completely confidential and the company doesn’t even know of the investigation.
Known by many names, the False Claims Act, or Whistleblower Law, is also known as the "Lincoln Law" after President Lincoln pushed for its enactment during the Civil War. It was originally designed to help stop scams being committed on the Union Army by war supply companies selling old horses, sick mules, defective arms, and rotten food to soldiers.
The False Claims Act contains a provision known as Qui Tam, which allows private citizens to file lawsuits directly against companies and individuals who cheat the government. More importantly, the whistleblower may be entitled to between 15% and 30% of the amount recovered by the government. This often leads to multi-million dollar rewards for people just for helping their country. Since the law was changed in 1986, the government has recovered more than $26 billion from False Claim lawsuits and rewarded whistleblowers with more than $2.3 billion!
Experts estimate that fraud against the government by companies cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year. Any information you may have about these kinds of crimes can be used confidentially to see if you have a case.
The first step to successfully resolving a whistleblower case is to identify the responsible parties. In many situations, the circumstances are not straight-forward, and it can often be difficult to ascertain responsibility. Several different parties may ultimately be found to have some level of responsibility. And it goes without saying that when large corporations and insurance companies are involved, they will aggressively defend themselves if blamed.
Once the responsible parties are identified, it is critical to determine all past, current and future expenses and damages resulting from the fraud. Often the defendants don’t accurately identify these costs, and what may sound like a reasonable estimate falls well short.
As established trial attorneys with a history of obtaining outstanding verdicts and settlements for our clients, we have built and honed these capabilities over time. We use cutting-edge investigative techniques and the best experts in their fields, along with our critical thinking and deep experience, to reconstruct the accident and conclusively establish fault. We then work with accountants, doctors, caregivers and economists to accurately identify damages.
Next, we negotiate with the responsible parties to get a fair settlement, but if one is not forthcoming, we are prepared to go to trial. We have a number of resources and informational articles that may be of help to you in your search for an attorney, and you can view these here or in our Info Center.
If you or a family member has reason to believe that corporate fraud against the government is being committed, do not hesitate to contact us or call us at 407-838-2000 to discuss the situation. We are here to help.