Salem, VA Whistleblower Lawyer & False Claims Act/Qui Tam Attorney
Fraud against our government is reprehensible, and costs taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Our firm is pleased to help whistleblowers expose fraud.
I have been representing whistleblowers in False Claims Act actions for over 20 years. These actions have resulted in millions of dollars of recoveries for the federal Treasury, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in awards to clients for whistleblowing.
What is the False Claims Act?
When a private citizen learns that his employer or another company is defrauding the government, a federal law called the False Claims Act authorizes a citizen to bring a lawsuit against the person or company committing such fraud in order to recover money for the government. The False Claims Act authorizes an award to the whistleblower of up to 30% of the amount recovered. Lawsuits authorized by the False Claims Act that allow a private citizen to bring an action on behalf of the government are referred to as “Qui Tam” lawsuits (“qui tam” is a Latin phrase that means “the person suing on behalf of the king as well as himself”).
False Claims Act cases are very complex and often must be litigated not only in the trial court, but often in the appellate courts. A whistleblower needs an experienced attorney.
I and my firm have successfully tried and won a False Claims Act jury trial. I have also frequently briefed and argued False Claims Act appeals in the United States Court of Appeals, and before the United States Supreme Court.
Whistleblower Retaliation and Protection
Often the fraudster, particularly if it is the whistleblower’s employer, will retaliate against the whistleblower, sometimes even firing the whistleblower. The False Claims Act provides protection to the whistleblower.
In addition to successfully prosecuting whistleblower claims, my office has also recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for whistleblowers who have suffered from illegal retaliation and wrongful termination.
State False Claims Acts
States such as Virginia have their own false claims act, and I have brought lawsuits under those laws as well.
Call Me for a Free Consultation
I represent individuals bringing False Claims Act lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no fee unless you recover. I would look forward to learning about the circumstances and situation concerning the government fraud involved in your case, and once I learn about the details, I can advise of the options available.
“Words can’t begin to explain how appreciative I am for the services that the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt provided. I live out of state, so I was concerned about being present for a ticket I got for reckless driving. But, after speaking with Brooke about it, I felt relieved and confident that it would be taken care of in the most professional way possible and I was 100% right! Thank you so much for your kindness and professionalism in which you handled my case.”
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