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qui tam

(kwī tam) [L., who as well, who also]
A legal claim or type of litigation in which an individual alleges fraudulent billing by a government contractor. Funds recovered by the government as a result of the claim are divided between the government and the relator of the action. The government is entitled to most of the fraudulently obtained money, and the “whistleblower” is given a percentage of the recovered funds as a reward. Qui tam litigation is one way the U.S. government combats Medicare fraud and abuse.
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Unlike claims under the FCA, there are no qui tam provisions that allow the whistleblower to initiate an action in court directly against the alleged violator.
11) A private individual is provided this opportunity under the FCA's qui tam provision.
Kriss has no involvement whatsoever in the qui tam action.
Sprint Nextel Corp,, (45) Empire State Ventures LLC filed a qui tam action against Sprint under New York's False Claims Act, alleging that the company failed to collect or pay New York sales tax on a portion of flat-rate monthly access charges for wireless voice services, which Sprint treated as unbundled charges for interstate and international calls.
Amici maintain that while qui tam actions can serve an important purpose, they have long been subject to abuse.
Following the FCA's 1986 amendments, the number of qui tam suits has substantially increased each year.
41) Finally, the Court considered whether [section] 962 is a qui tam statute and held that it is not because, unlike the FCA, [section] 962 does not assign any of the government's interest to Dr.
The Justice Department has published statistics evidencing a steady rise in the number of qui tam actions brought in the defense sector.
The Screening Benefits of Qui Tam Actions under the FCA III.
The first is the due diligence phase during investigation and litigation of the qui tam claim.
We also have a Complex Civil Enforcement Bureau that investigates and prosecutes qui tam cases brought by whistleblowers and by the State of Florida under the Florida False Claims Act.
In 2003, the Justice Department awarded Bagley an FCA qui tam award in excess of $27 million.