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What is the False Claims Act?

Our whistleblower criminal defense attorneys explain what you need to know

Sometimes known as the "Lincoln Law,” the False Claims Act was created by the federal government in 1863. Nicknamed after President Abraham Lincoln, the False Claims Act was initially created in response to allegations of military contractor fraud during the American Civil War in the 1800s.

FAQ About Whistleblowers

Under the provisions of the False Claims Act, the government itself or individuals can take legal action against companies believed to be committing government fraud. If a private individual initiates legal action, that whistleblower may be eligible to receive financial compensation if the business in question is convicted of violating the False Claims Act.

Our experienced whistleblower defense attorneys at Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC can help if you or your business is the focus of a whistleblower investigation filed under the False Claims Act. Our white collar criminal defense lawyers have more than 90 years of combined legal experience. That’s why we’re the law firm you want in your corner when it counts.

Learn more about the False Claims Act

Since the False Claims Act was first enacted in 1863, this federal law has been expanded to cover other allegations of government fraud and criminal activity. In particular, the False Claims Act was revised in 1986 and has been modified several other times since then.

As part of the False Claims Act, this federal law includes provisions for financially compensating whistleblowers for reporting allegations of fraud or corruption. These rules and regulations are also often known as “qui tam” law, which dates back to 1318 in England. Politicians believed whistleblowers would be more willing to come forward if they received a portion of the money recovered by the government as part of a whistleblower investigation.

Know your rights. Our whistleblower defense lawyers can fight for them.

Legal cases involving allegations of wrongdoing covered by the False Claims Act might seem straightforward, but it is important to remember that whistleblowers or anyone else taking legal action against you or your company must strictly follow the rules and regulations outlined in the False Claims Act. Otherwise, the case against you should be dismissed.

That’s our job. Our experienced whistleblower criminal defense attorneys can carefully review your case. If the case against you violates any part of the False Claims Act, we will work tirelessly to have the charges against you dropped. Reasons the whistleblower case you might not be valid include:

  • Insufficient evidence
  • Whistleblower did not have direct knowledge of allegations
  • Expired statute of limitations
  • Someone else has already filed a similar whistleblower claim against your business

You have rights. Our law firm can fight for them. Contact Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC. Call 713-209-2950 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a case evaluation. Our experienced, whistleblower criminal defense lawyers represent clients nationwide.

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