False Claims Act Results for Whistleblower Awards and Qui Tam Action During the Last 10 Years

Data from the US Department of Justice show that qui tam actions and whistleblower awards have shown significant results in the last 10 years.

Qui tam actions are False Claims Act cases in which the claim is initiated by a whistleblower. Claims can be brought by anyone who has reasonable grounds for believing a former employer, an individual, a business, or any entity is cheating the federal government. False Claims Act cases involve different types of fraud including healthcare fraud, financial fraud, federal defense contract fraud, pharmaceutical fraud, and other types of fraud. Most claims involve the submission of bills to the Department of Health and Human Services (Medicare, Medicaid), the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies.

The data clearly shows that there are much larger recoveries and much larger whistleblower awards when the US Department of Justice agrees to intervene.

Experienced False Claims Act lawyers understand what evidence and what steps a whistleblower must take in order to:

  • Qualify as a whistleblower
  • Persuade the Justice Department to intervene
  • Proceed with a valid claim if the Department of Justice doesn’t intervene
  • Protec the whistleblower’s rights during the course any litigation

The number of qui tam actions that were filed

  • 2009 433
  • 2010 577
  • 2011 634
  • 2012 655
  • 2013 757
  • 2014 716
  • 2015 640
  • 2016 707
  • 2017 680
  • 2018 645

The value of the settlements and judgments based on Qui tam cases where the United States agreed to intervene (or otherwise pursued the claims)

  • 2009 1,964,005,251
  • 2010 2,279,055,248
  • 2011 2,656,802,414
  • 2012 3,305,495,169
  • 2013 2,796,819,362
  • 2014 4,386,812,989
  • 2015 1,897,040,808
  • 2016 2,925,411,797
  • 2017 2,585,063,111
  • 2018 1,994,733,622

The value of the settlements and judgments based on Qui tam cases where the United States DID NOT agree to intervene

  • 2009 33,776,480
  • 2010 109,778,613
  • 2011 173,888,703
  • 2012 90,248,343
  • 2013 200,298,056
  • 2014 81,378,451
  • 2015 514,160,695
  • 2016 108,298,069
  • 2017 599,038,273
  • 2018 118,671,636

The total value of all qui tam settlements and judgments

  • 2009 1,997,781,730
  • 2010 2,388,833,862
  • 2011 2,830,691,117
  • 2012 3,395,743,512
  • 2013 2,997,117,418
  • 2014 4,468,191,440
  • 2015 2,411,201,503
  • 2016 3,033,709,866
  • 2017 3,184,101,384
  • 2018 2,113,405,258

The relator/whistleblower share of the settlements and judgments – in cases where the United States agreed to intervene

  • 2009 249,567,135
  • 2010 379,518,436
  • 2011 525,035,022
  • 2012 424,922,456
  • 2013 509,000,518
  • 2014 697,206,106
  • 2015 344,105,281
  • 2016 524,261,529
  • 2017 343,852,898
  • 2018 269,055,335

The relator/whistleblower share of the settlements and judgments – in cases where the United States DID NOT agree to intervene

In these cases, the whistleblower proceeds directly against the defendant – under the guidance of an experienced whistleblower attorney

  • 2009 9,684,147
  • 2010 30,915,991
  • 2011 49,041,606
  • 2012 24,861,743
  • 2013 50,123,937
  • 2014 14,868,000
  • 2015 138,316,127
  • 2016 29,658,600
  • 2017 134,519,097
  • 2018 32,673,319

Combined relator/whistleblower awards – all settlements and judgments – intervention and non-intervention

  • 2009 259,251,282
  • 2010 410,434,427
  • 2011 574,076,628
  • 2012 449,784,199
  • 2013 559,124,455
  • 2014 712,074,107
  • 2015 482,421,408
  • 2016 553,920,129
  • 2017 478,371,995
  • 2018 301,728,654

Speak with a premier California False Claims Act and whistleblower attorney today

Whistleblowers are entitled to a significant percentage (between 15% and 30%) of the recoveries. Recoveries include the amount of the fraud plus statutory penalties.

If you are aware of any type of fraud involving the US government of the state of California, please contact the law office of Stephen Danz & Associates to learn if you have a qui tam claim. You can reach our skilled federal false claim attorneys at (877)789-9707 to schedule an appointment.

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