False Claims Act cases (sometimes called Qui Tam or Whistleblower cases) provide a mechanism to recover funds that have been stolen from the government through fraud by corporations, such as pharmaceutical companies, defense contractors, and hospitals, and individual wrongdoers, like doctors or dentists. These cases have enjoyed broad bipartisan support and recognition as an important tool to protect our public funds, because they are not “anti-business” in any way—only “anti-fraud.”
The government may discover the “false claims” or fraudulent conduct and pursue these cases directly, or individual whistleblowers may identify the false claims and bring them to the attention of the government, pursue the case on behalf of the government and receive a portion of the recovery as an incentive for serving the public good.
Earlier this year, attorneys from the Texas division of the AARP joined forces with Baron & Budd and co-counsel Stein, Mitchell & Muse in a whistleblower lawsuit against stent makers. The organization’s unique role in the case was covered in The National Law Journal and The American Lawyer .
The extensive experience of Baron & Budd Qui Tam attorneys in working closely with government lawyers, together with the firm’s resources, additional attorneys and staff, give the firm’s whistleblower clients the substantial resources needed to prevail in complex false claims cases.
It is an undisputed fact that Qui Tam litigation is more successful when the government’s lawyers are persuaded to intervene. But attorneys working at the state and federal levels are strapped for time and resources; they must invest wisely by choosing to join only the cases that present the greatest chances for success. We have worked years for the government and they understand what’s important to building a good solid case. We know how to present a Qui Tam suit to the jury, but also know how to make the case right at the beginning where it perhaps counts the most—to the state and federal attorneys who will determine whether to get involved in the first place.
Because of our years of experience in False Claims Act litigation, working with the government and in private practice, Baron & Budd’s Qui Tam lawyers are well known to lawyers working at the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and with the offices of many state Attorneys General. Such experience and recognition fosters an atmosphere of trust and cooperation that is critical for the success of the litigation during both the government’s investigation phase and during the prosecution of the lawsuit in court.
Finally, Baron & Budd offers its Qui Tam lawyers the backing of a substantial law firm with more than 30 years’ experience representing plaintiffs in litigation on a massive scale against some of the richest and most powerful corporations in America. Baron & Budd has over 50 lawyers with offices in multiple states. Qui Tam litigation is not for the faint of heart; it can be long, costly for the firm handling the case and hard fought. Baron & Budd has the reputation and resources, both legal and financial, to go the distance to protect its clients—to “Protect What’s Right.”