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Litigation Regulation White Collar Crime

‘Mixed Messages’: DOJ Efforts to Dismiss Qui Tam Actions

Despite the historical trend of reduced government involvement in qui tam actions, the government is sending “mixed messages” regarding its view of FCA relators.


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The False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §3729 et seq., was enacted in 1863 to punish fraud perpetrated against the government by Civil War profiteers. Since its enactment, Congress has amended the FCA to strike a balance between the FCA’s dual purposes of rooting out fraud against the government and encouraging private individuals aware of such fraud to bring it to the government’s attention. From 1986, the government has recovered over $59 billion in FCA settlements and judgments. See, U.S. Department of Justice, Fraud Statistics Overview (Dec. 21, 2018), (hereinafter DOJ Fraud Statistics 2018).

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