The lawyers at Sumner, Schick & Pace are well versed in all aspects of qui tam lawsuits. Qui tam lawsuits are civil lawsuits that are brought by whistleblowers under the False Claims Act to stop different types of fraud against the government.
Some types of fraud that may give rise to a qui tam lawsuit include:
- Knowingly presenting to the federal government a fraudulent claim for payment;
- Knowingly using a false record or statement to get a claim paid by the federal government;
- Conspiring with others to get a fraudulent claim paid by the federal government; or
- Knowingly using a false record to conceal, avoid, or decrease obligations to pay money to the federal government.
An employee who has evidence that his/her employer may be defrauding the government can file a lawsuit against the employer and recover compensation for the fraud on behalf of the government; the whistleblower also may be rewarded if the case is successful.
Sumner, Schick & Pace attorneys have a substantial experience representing companies who have been accused by whistleblowers under the False Claims Act of engaging in the fraud against the government. In that process, we work with the company and its representatives to develop a defense to those claims. We also meet with the United States District Attorneys with the Department of Justice, State Attorneys, and other governmental agencies who are handling the investigation of the claims to provide them with facts, documents, briefing, interviews, and any other information that may be helpful in the company’s defense.
In addition, in other cases, our attorneys represent the whistleblowers, who are the individuals and/or employees who accuse a company of fraud. In these cases, we work to develop the case against a company, assisting the United States District Attorneys, State Attorneys offices, and other departments of government (such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation) with developing the case. By representing both individuals as plaintiffs and companies as defendants, we have a deep understanding of all aspects of qui tam law and procedure. As a result, we have developed trust and credibility with the Department of Justice and the other government agencies.