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Government Contractor & Procurement Fraud

Today’s higher standards owe their origins to the Lincoln Law.

The Federal False Claims Act (FCA) was enacted in part because of bad mules. During the Civil War, unscrupulous defense contractors sold the Union Army decrepit horses, mules in ill health, faulty rifles and ammunition, and rancid rations. These frauds prompted President Abraham Lincoln to urge Congress to pass, in 1863, the original False Claims Act, commonly known as the Informer’s Law or the Lincoln Law.

In a nutshell, the False Claims Act made it illegal for a party to present false statements in writing (claims) to the United States government in order to obtain money or reimbursement to which the claimant was not entitled — for example, payments for sickly mules. Today, while the False Claims Act is no longer used against traitorous Union suppliers, it is still an important weapon against government fraud, including government contractor and procurement fraud.

Claims against government contractors may be brought for many different types of false or fraudulent claims:

If, for example, a government contractor misrepresented its capacity to produce what was required by the contract or misrepresented itself as a small, disadvantaged, or minority enterprise — when it was not — in order to procure a government contract, the contractor would be liable for damages under the False Claims Act.

What is Qui Tam?

Under the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), whistleblowers have the power to save taxpayers billions of dollars each year by taking a stand against fraud. The U.S. False Claims Act allows private citizens to file suits on the government’s behalf when the government has been defrauded through any federally funded contract or program. The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act allow these citizens to recover damages. A number of states and the city of Chicago also have laws similar to the False Claims Act to protect against fraud. To learn more about the different types of fraud … READ MORE

Whistleblowers Motivated By More Than Money

August 14, 2018 Sure, the payouts can be huge, but many who shine the light on fraud do so out of principles. While qui tam whistleblower lawsuits may result in multi-million dollar earnings for the whistleblower, many of these people exposing fraud or illegal…
Qui Tam Whistleblowers are motivated by more than money

Prominent Louisiana Attorney Joins Waters Kraus & Paul

October 1, 2018 Waters Kraus & Paul, a leading national plaintiffs’ firm, is delighted to welcome esteemed Louisiana plaintiffs’ attorney Lawrence Gettys to our firm. Lawrence has deep roots in Louisiana and has represented thousands throughout its parishes including those with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, as well as those engaged in premises and product liability and toxic tort matters. His addition enhances our firm’s breadth and our commitment to excellence in complex civil litigation. Lawrence Gettys is an accomplished trial lawyer who serves as of counsel at Waters Kraus & Paul in the firm’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana office. Lawrence’s practice focuses on…
Lawrence Gettys, Waters Kraus & Paul Of Counsel Attorney

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