How Local Laws Impact Qui Tam Suits

False Claims Act cases can be confusing, especially when they involve state or local governments. Each state has its own False Claims Act, each requiring different procedures and applying to different situations.

For help understanding how local laws impact qui tam suits, you should consult with a dedicated qui tam attorney. After analyzing your case, they could provide advice about any laws and regulations that apply to your situation. Call today to schedule a consultation.

Who is Allowed to Bring a False Claims Act Case in DC?

The law is pretty broad as to who can bring a False Claims Act case. The issue really is who knows about the fraudulent activity. A person has to have really solid information as to fraudulent activity in order to bring a strong case.

The only people who are specifically not allowed to bring cases are members of the military reporting on their own military service. However, if a member of the military knew about a state False Claims Act issue, they would be allowed to bring a state False Claims Act case.

In some jurisdictions, there is some difficulty with respect to federal government employees being able to bring Federal False Claims Act cases. However, there are other jurisdictions that allow federal government employees to bring False Claims Act cases under certain circumstances. This issue requires a discussion with an attorney to make sure the procedures are followed, but it is possible to do. It is pretty broad as to who can bring a case.

How Local Laws Impact a Case

Depending on the type of case, local laws may have an impact. For example, if a healthcare provider is not licensed by an appropriate state agency and therefore operating illegally, or if state laws require a certain kind of healthcare provider to provide a service, that could potentially be the basis of a False Claims Act case. When they bill Medicare, it implies that some level of the regulations of the state licensing apparatus is fulfilled. If the state says, “Only this level of healthcare provider can prescribe this drug,” and it turns out they know they were being prescribed by somebody else entirely, that could be the basis of a False Claims Act case.

State law does have a role to play even with respect to federal claims. Having said that, there are also many state False Claims Acts. Those laws are to protect the interest of the state government, and in some cases local government.

DC False Claims Act

The DC False Claims Act is one of the best in the country, and it has a couple of provisions in it that are particularly nice. There is something called an inadvertent false claim under the DC law. This allows someone to be subject to the DC False Claims act if they inadvertently ripped off the DC government, discovered it later, should have known about it, and then does or does not report it. The DC government itself has a provision for a False Claims Act, and people there can sue under that law.

Reach Out to an Experienced Whistleblower Attorney Today

If you have information about fraudulent activity against the government, you should consider speaking with a knowledgeable whistleblower lawyer. An attorney could explain how local laws impact qui tam suits and apply to your case. They could also serve as your advisor and representative during meetings with the government. Call today to learn more.