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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law Litigation - Health Care
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Qui Tam Law
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J. Belanger Law PLLC
  • Location:
    Tempe, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Qui Tam Law Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Qui Tam Law Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Qui Tam Law First Amendment Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Augusta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
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  • Location:
    Fairfax, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Morristown, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Government Relations Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - First Amendment Qui Tam Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Montclair, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Qui Tam Law Litigation - Antitrust Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Construction Corporate Governance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation

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Qui Tam Law Definition

The federal False Claims Act is the single most important tool used to deter fraud on the federal government. In general terms, the FCA prohibits false or fraudulent claims to the government and imposes treble damages and civil penalties against any "person" breaking the law. The real power of the statute, however, lies in its unique qui tam provision which empowers private individuals with first-hand knowledge of fraud on the government to hire private counsel and sue on behalf of the United States. Such individuals are entitled to receive an award of between 15% and 30% of the government’s recovery as well as their own attorney's fees, costs, and expenses.  

The term qui tam comes from the Latin phrase "he who sues on behalf of the King, as well as for himself.” In other words, the FCA is no mere fraud hotline to report unethical behavior by a government contractor – the FCA gives any person the right to file a full-blown federal lawsuit on behalf of the United States. Because qui tam relators (or whistleblowers as they are sometimes called) bring claims on behalf of the United States in Court, they must be represented by licensed counsel.

By creating incentives for individuals with first-hand information to hire private counsel and prosecute lawsuits in conjunction with the Department of Justice, the statute creates a true public-private partnership between individuals with knowledge of fraud, private practice lawyers specializing qui tam litigation, and federal prosecutors. The public private partnership created by the FCA has been an unparalleled success; since 1986 more than $40 billion has been recovered, and qui tam whistleblowers have received hundreds of millions of dollars for their efforts.

Such recoveries are by no means easy or quick. In addition to understanding the complex needs of modern government and the commercial entities servicing those needs, qui tam litigation has a number of unusual requirements not found in other types of federal civil litigation. Those requirements – many of which are jurisdictional – include a pre-filing disclosure memorandum, a heightened pleading standard for the Complaint, and a number of unusual procedural hurdles such as filing the Complaint under seal.

State governments have taken notice of the successes of the United States and to date 29 state governments and the District of Columbia have passed some form of FCA-style qui tam statute.

The federal False Claims Act is the single most important tool used to deter fraud on the federal government. In general terms, the FCA prohibits false or fraudulent claims to the government and imposes treble damages and civil penalties against any "person" breaking the law. The real power of the statute, however, lies in its unique qui tam provision which empowers private individuals with first-hand knowledge of fraud on the government to hire private counsel and sue on behalf of the United States. Such individuals are entitled to receive an award of between 15% and 30% of the government’s recovery as well as their own attorney's fees, costs, and expenses.  

The term qui tam comes from the Latin phrase "he who sues on behalf of the King, as well as for himself.” In other words, the FCA is no mere fraud hotline to report unethical behavior by a government contractor – the FCA gives any person the right to file a full-blown federal lawsuit on behalf of the United States. Because qui tam relators (or whistleblowers as they are sometimes called) bring claims on behalf of the United States in Court, they must be represented by licensed counsel.

By creating incentives for individuals with first-hand information to hire private counsel and prosecute lawsuits in conjunction with the Department of Justice, the statute creates a true public-private partnership between individuals with knowledge of fraud, private practice lawyers specializing qui tam litigation, and federal prosecutors. The public private partnership created by the FCA has been an unparalleled success; since 1986 more than $40 billion has been recovered, and qui tam whistleblowers have received hundreds of millions of dollars for their efforts.

Such recoveries are by no means easy or quick. In addition to understanding the complex needs of modern government and the commercial entities servicing those needs, qui tam litigation has a number of unusual requirements not found in other types of federal civil litigation. Those requirements – many of which are jurisdictional – include a pre-filing disclosure memorandum, a heightened pleading standard for the Complaint, and a number of unusual procedural hurdles such as filing the Complaint under seal.

State governments have taken notice of the successes of the United States and to date 29 state governments and the District of Columbia have passed some form of FCA-style qui tam statute.