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