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Senator Grassley Goes to the Senate Floor to Blast Court Decisions that Place “Bogus Restrictions” on False Claims Act Whistleblower Cases

Senator Chuck Grassley today gave a 15-minute floor speech defending the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act and he said that recent court decisions are weakening “the most effective tool to combat government fraud” by “piling on bogus restrictions that are not the law.”

Big Win for Qui Tam Whistleblowers

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law today by President Trump, included two key whistleblower-qui tam amendments fixing loopholes in the IRS and Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower reward laws. The amendments ensure that whistleblowers who expose criminal tax frauds will be covered under the IRS whistleblower law and close a tax loophole that caused Dodd-Frank Act whistleblowers to be double-taxed on their rewards, reducing payments by as much as 80%.

Senator Grassley Asks Attorney General to Revise Memo on “Communications with Congress” that May Not Comply with Existing Law

On January 29, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote a memo instructing Justice Department heads not to communicate with Congress “without advance coordination and consultation” with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Office of Legislative Affairs (“OLA”). On February 5, Senator Charles Grassley, a longtime advocate for whistleblower rights, responded to the troubling DOJ policy guidance.

Wholesaler to Pay $1 Million in Settlement Under the False Claims Act for Scheme to Avoid Paying Customs Duties

On October 3, 2017, the Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney announced that it settled claims under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) with the Pennsylvania-based clothing wholesaler Notations, Inc. The action was initiated by a whistleblower, who filed an action against the companies in January 2013 under the FCA’s qui tam provisions, which allow private individuals to bring FCA claims on behalf of the United States.

Over $3.4 Billion Recovered from False Claims Act Whistleblower Cases in 2017

Whistleblowers were the largest source of fraud detection for False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases in 2017. In the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recovered more than $3.7 billion in settlements and judgments in cases arising under the FCA. Of the $3.7 billion obtained, over $3.4 billion was recovered in cases filed under the qui tam whistleblower provisions of the FCA.

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