In Case You Missed It: False Claims Act Suits Relied Heavily on Whistleblowers in 2017 Companies that work with the federal government (think Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, government contracts, grant funding) need to stay up to date on the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA is one of the primary tools used by employee whistleblowers to bring actions against their employers. In 2017, whistleblowers filed 674 new FCA actions and recovered $3.4 billion for the government in settlements and judgments—of which the whistleblowers kept $393 million as their share.

To keep you informed on the status of the law, Bradley’s Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice Group is pleased to present the 2017 FCA Year in Review, our annual review of significant FCA cases, developments, and trends. Longtime readers of our Year in Review will notice that it has a new look and improved functionality, making it an easy-to-read, printable resource, as well as a convenient and searchable digital tool.

Whistleblower in BusinessIf you do business with the federal government (think Medicare reimbursements, government contracts, student loans, etc.) and you have employees, you need to keep up with the recent False Claims Act (FCA) cases and the bounties whistleblowers are getting. There is no end in sight for the trend of increased whistleblower activity under the FCA. In 2016 alone, whistleblowers (many of whom are employees or former employees) received over $519 million as their shares of the FCA settlements and judgments and filed 702 new actions. As it does each year, Bradley has assembled an overview of the year’s major False Claims Act developments and opinions to keep you abreast of the status of law. You may find our 2016 Year in Review here.