The False Claims Act: What’s at stake?

Our federal government and state governments frequently call upon contractors to assist them in meeting many types of needs– from providing healthcare and building roads to providing consulting and other professional services. In addition to services, our governments regularly purchase a multitude of products from businesses; everything from paper and medicines to fighter jets.

The False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. Sections 3729 through 3733), also called the Lincoln Law, is designed to punish entities that defraud the government. At the same time, the law recognizes that those on the inside are often the best equipped to provide information about wrongdoing. That’s why the law also sets up incentives and rewards people who disclose and help prosecute the fraud, as well as protections against retaliation.

Broadly, the False Claims Act protects whistleblowers who have knowledge of certain types of fraud against the government. You can learn more about our practice areas in each by clicking the buttons below.