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What Is Qui Tam Litigation?

Qui Tam Defined

The term "Qui Tam" originated in medieval England and its meaning comes from the Latin, "who sues on behalf of the King as well as for himself." It became a part of United States jurisprudence during the Civil War when President Lincoln moved to stanch the epidemic of defective military supplies being sold to the Union. For approximately 140 years after the adoption of the False Claims Act (originally called the Lincoln Law) and its Qui Tam provisions, the U.S. Department of Defense contributed the lion's share of cases and rewards to whistleblowers, much of which was attributable to the nation's military build-up in the 1980's.

In 1986, when the law was amended to increase rewards for whistleblowers and provide additional protections for those who stepped forward to report fraud, healthcare began its ascent towards becoming the predominate industry giving rise to Qui Tam lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act. By the 1990's, healthcare supplanted defense as the predominant government expenditure giving rise to Qui Tam litigation.

By 2020, it is estimated by the trade journal Health Affairs that half of the nation's annual healthcare costs -- an astounding $2.28 trillion -- will be borne by the federal government. There is little doubt that in the foreseeable future healthcare fraud will continue to be the industry in which the greatest number of Qui Tam actions are filed as the federal government spends more and more on Medicare and Medicaid. With trillions of dollars being spent, the healthcare sector will continue to be a key target for those who would seek to defraud the federal government.

No Fees Without Recovery

Berger & Montague's Whistleblower, Qui Tam & False Claims Act Group litigates cases on a contingent fee basis, so whistleblowers do not pay attorneys' fees or court costs unless there is a recovery.

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We invite you to learn more about our Whistleblowers, Qui Tam & False Claims Act Practice Group. For more information or to schedule a confidential discussion about a potential case, please fill out the contact form on the right. You can also call us at (215) 875-4699.

For further reading:  Qui Tam Whistleblower Law Firm, Whistleblower Lawyers.