The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts: Alternatives to State Qui Tam Statutes
Authored by Jonathan Diesenhaus of Hogan Lovells, this paper addresses the unexpected effects and complications from state laws that attempt to mirror the federal False Claims Act. It charts the development of state qui tam laws, outlines the challenges they present to states and defendants alike, and provides a roadmap of alternative measures to combat fraud.
False Claims Act Information
Originally enacted during the Civil War to fight profiteering by suppliers to the Union Army, the False Claims Act has evolved into a sweeping statute covering nearly every company doing business with the federal government. Read More »
State Legal Reforms Information
Under the federal structure of the United States, both the federal government and the states have a role in addressing the problem of lawsuit abuse. Read More »
"Governor Herbert has helped Utah take a significant step to rein in the troublesome practice of awarding contingency fee contracts to outside plaintiffs' lawyers. Such schemes enrich lawyers at the expense of taxpayers and raise concerns about 'pay-to-play,' conflicts of interest, the use of a public entity for personal gain, and fairness in prosecutions," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement applauding the signing of Utah's outside counsel sunshine law. (ILR Press Release) Read More »