Nolan Auerbach’s goal is to obtain maximum rewards for clients. Since the False Claims Act was revitalized in 1986, the United States has collected over $30 billion dollars from lawsuits under the federal False Claims Act. Nolan Auerbach is proud to have contributed to this amount as the leading law firm representing healthcare whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act. Our clients, working in tandem with our experienced attorneys, investigators and others, expose Medicare fraud, Medicaid Fraud, medical equipment fraud, medical device fraud, pharmaceutical fraud, and other healthcare fraud.
Nolan Auerbach knows that whistleblower rewards are deserved and needed. As an insider, you are often the only person who both understands the fraud and has the evidence to help prove it. The firm knows that some whistleblowers need incentives – and the False Claims Act’s rewards provision is a good incentive.
With the help of Nolan Auerbach whistleblower attorneys, you may be able to share in the whistleblower awards recovered against companies that engage in fraudulent activities against the federal government. Whistleblower rewards vary from 15-30 percent of the amount collected. Under these provisions, Nolan Auerbach clients have received over $12,000,000.00 (Twelve Million Dollars) in whistleblower rewards in just the last three years, all involving Medicare fraud, Medicaid Fraud, medical equipment fraud, medical device fraud, pharmaceutical fraud, along with other healthcare fraud.
Whistleblower Actions Recover Nearly $3 Billion in FY2011
The United States Department of Justice announced that it secured more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments in civil cases involving fraud against the federal government in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011. Of particular note, a record 93.3% of the recoveries were from private actions filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the federal False Claims Act. In crediting whistleblowers with bringing the lion’s share of the recoveries, Assistant Attorney General Tony West stated, “We are tremendously grateful to whistleblowers who have brought fraud allegations to the government’s attention and assisted us in this public-private partnership.”
Once again, the False Claims Act was particularly effective at recovering stolen health care dollars due to Medicare fraud. In fact, $2.4 billion, or 80%, of the recoveries were from actions alleging healthcare fraud against federal health care programs. The most egregious violators were from the pharmaceutical industry, accounting for $2.2 billion, or nearly 92%, of all healthcare dollars returned to the federal government.
The allegations exposed in these civil actions also garnered interest from the United States Justice Department’s Consumer Protection Branch, leading to 21 criminal convictions and $1.3 billion in criminal fines, forfeitures, restitution, and disgorgement under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Moreover, the False Claims Act deterred the theft of untold billions of dollars from would-be-fraudsters.
Not only has the federal government and whistleblowers used the Act to return more than $30 billion for the United States Treasury, this remarkable number has continued to climb in recent years, particularly after the federal False Claims Act was modernized in 2009. Indeed, according to the Justice Department, qui tam filings reached an all-time high in FY2011, sending a powerful reminder that fraud continues to drain funds from the public fisc.
Your courage, perseverance, and heroism are necessary in the fight against healthcare fraud. Nolan Auerbach will fight for you, your principles, and your just reward – you can count on that! Contact us.