Lance Armstrong, Floyd Landis, and the False Claims Act

Today’s Washington Post Sports Section provides this perspective on an important False Claims Act case: “For Armstrong, Thursday’s settlement marks a chance to move forward, Stepping away from financial fears and deciding what is post-cycling life and post-livestrong societal contribution might look like.” Rick Maese “Analysis” D1 Great but, what about everyone else? The Sports […]

United States and Toyobo Case Has Ended

Almost everyone who worked on the unbelievably long litigation settled last week between the United States and Toyobo for $66 million had to have learned a lot. For many of us it was our first exposure to major False Claims Act litigation. It does not go without saying that the true hero in the story […]

The Strange Case of Jeffrey Wertkin

One area of the Strange Case of Jeffrey Wertkin appears to be coming to a close. Mr. Wertkin is a former Department of Justice Lawyer who went into private practice at a major law firm and took Justice Department files with him. He then attempted to sell information regarding Sealed False Claims Act cases, when […]

Fraud at Our DC Public Schools

The news as reported in the Washington Post today is enough to make a DC resident sick. Parents are apparently sending kids to our Duke Ellington High School who do not even live in the District and not paying for that privilege! To be clear there are apparently many parents who do this legally by […]

Importance of the False Claims Act

Here’s a video clip that is worth reviewing from C-SPAN. I am indebted to the good people at Taxpayers Against Fraud and colleagues in the bar for bringing it to my attention. On the Senate Floor Charles Grassley (R-Whistleblowers) recounts the history of the False Claims Act. Since he is responsible for the modern history […]

Are Whistleblowers Underpaid?

Well, here’s a really interesting number from the New York Times today and I think it proves a point about whistleblowers. It’s a point I’ve been trying to make about whistleblowers for years. That is, whistleblowers are fundamentally underpaid for the information that they provide the government. What you say? A whistleblower can collect millions […]

Qui Tam 2017 Year In Review

The Year in Whistleblower Reward Law has Been Tricky, but Exciting. The United States just released statistics on total recoveries for fiscal 2017, showing that the government continues to reap rewards from the False Claims Act. It obtained $3.7 billion from these cases. Most importantly $3.4 billion was recovered from cases filed by individuals under […]

Advising False Claims Act Clients When Considering Government Declines

This year’s Taxpayers Against Fraud convention was on overdrive or maybe it was just that I had too much coffee. Either way, the majority of the attorneys in private practice who do the plaintiff’s side work on False Claims Act cases attended. In my view, the biggest news, if you can call anything news when […]

Reverse False Claims in Non-Payment of Customs Duties

To steal a line from a colleague, Customs provides the second largest source of revenue to the federal Government after only the IRS. The 2016 Performance and Accountability report of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency lists revenues collected on page 170 as $44.8 billion and change for 2016. Even by the standards of […]

The Aftermath of Bountygate: Whistleblowing in the NFL

Well Sports fans here we go: METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton expressed his astonishment on Twitter after Fox Sports reported Sunday that former Saints whistleblower Mike Cerullo now works for the NFL office. I have nothing in particular against the New Orleans Saints. As a New England Patriots Fan, well, we […]