In addition to our other areas of experience, our government enforcement and investigations lawyers have vigorously and successfully defended companies with respect to claims and investigations under the False Claims Act.
As substantial press in recent years has made clear, claims asserted and recoveries obtained under the False Claims Act have increased dramatically. According to the most recent report by the Department of Justice, well over $4.5 billion in settlements and judgments was recovered as a result of civil matters relating to fraud and false claims against the government in the last fiscal year alone. Much of the impetus for this growth relates to provisions of the False Claims Act that authorizes suits by whistleblowers, or qui tam plaintiffs, on behalf of the government and that impose mandatory damages and civil penalties. Likewise, government investigations, in connection with False Claims Act litigation and with criminal prohibitions on fraudulent claims on the United States, have become increasingly active.
In this context, lawyers in the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice have defended False Claims Act cases involving relators and government investigators, and have defended criminal investigations concerning false or fraudulent claims against the government. Moreover, lawyers on our team bring unique perspective to these roles by virtue of their prior service as federal prosecutors with involvement in issues relating to the False Claims Act as well as applicable criminal statutes. Our work in this area has resulted in the dismissal of False Claims Act litigation as well as the favorable resolution of government investigations. These matters have included among others: