Murphy Anderson proudly represents courageous men and women who blow the whistle on corporate abuses. The federal False Claims Act and state false-claims laws provide an extraordinary tool for identifying and combating fraud against federal and state governments by permitting individuals to bring lawsuits in the name of the government. These lawsuits, known as qui tam suits, permit the whistleblower (or relator) to sue wrongdoers who defraud taxpayers and share in the amount recovered by the government. Murphy Anderson is dedicated to preventing individual and corporate wrongdoers from fraudulently converting taxpayer dollars, jeopardizing public health and safety, and profiting at the expense of vulnerable populations.
Murphy Anderson’s qui tam practice targets multiple types of fraud, including health care fraud, government procurement fraud, and prevailing wage fraud. The firm is also experienced in representing whistleblower clients who report securities, commodities, and tax law violations through the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistleblower programs. Successful qui tam relators may receive between 15 to 30 percent of the government’s recovery. We have helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars for the government and substantial compensation for our clients.
Murphy Anderson’s lawyers carefully work hand-in-hand with our whistleblower clients to uncover and detail the fraud. When contacted by prospective clients, Murphy Anderson attorneys respond within one business day, if not sooner. We usually arrange an in-person meeting with the prospective client as soon as possible to investigate the case. We believe that face-to-face meetings early in the process are essential to establishing a strong attorney-client relationship and to getting to the bottom of the fraud.
Whenever Murphy Anderson decides to take on a new whistleblower case, our attorneys begin a meticulous process of working with our clients to investigate and substantiate the fraudulent scheme before we file a lawsuit or disclose the fraud to the government. By preparing every case comprehensively, we ensure that each case we file is well-positioned to receive attention from the government agency responsible for investigating the case. Our attorneys have substantial experience working with attorneys in the Civil Frauds Section of the Department of Justice, the United States Attorneys’ offices, and the SEC.
Our attorneys also fully understand the sensitivities associated with blowing the whistle on fraud. In each case, we carefully consider the potential for retaliation and take active steps to prevent it. We understand that our clients have careers that are important considerations when blowing the whistle. If retaliation occurs, we are unafraid to take aggressive measures to protect our clients.
Murphy Anderson considers multiple factors aside from just the dollar amount of fraud when deciding whether to proceed with a case. We are selective about the cases we choose to pursue, and our whistleblower matters typically carry important policy implications.
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