The False Claims Act (FCA) incentivizes integrity by empowering ordinary citizens to blow the whistle on fraud committed against the U.S. government. It is a powerful tool in the government’s war against fraud, which allows a person, typically referred to as a whistleblower, or relator, and someone who is not affiliated with the government to file claims on its behalf – called qui tam cases.
In fact, National Law Review reported that FCA whistleblowers have helped the federal government recover nearly $30 billion, and whistleblower qui tam cases recouped $898 million in 2017, alone.
“Qui tam claims are crucial to the country’s system of checks and balances the federal government uses to hold contractors accountable,” said award-winning Beasley Allen Principal Andrew Brashier. “These claims also play a critical role in obtaining justice for those brave enough to take action.”
During a continuing legal education conference (CLE) regarding the FCA, hosted by the Federal Bar Association and its Montgomery, Alabama, chapter, Brashier will provide information about qui tam or whistleblowing cases from the perspective of the whistleblower. He will share insight from his experience in working with clients compelled to speak up and do the right thing – blow the whistle on bad corporate contractors whose fraud threatens the U.S. government and its citizens.
Recognized for his leadership in the fight to promote a fair and effective justice system for all people, Brashier was recently one of the handful of attorneys presented the American Association for Justice (AAJs) Weidmann & Wysoki award. His work helping courageous whistleblowers expose fraud committed against the federal government and U.S. taxpayers was also recognized by The National Trial Lawyers when it invited Brashier to be among its Top 40 Under 40 lawyers in Alabama.
Since joining Beasley Allen Law Firm in September 2010, Brashier has practiced in the Consumer Fraud section. He has focused primarily on consumer class actions along with qui tam litigation under the FCA. He has also represented whistleblowers through the IRS, SEC and Department of Transportation/NHTSA whistleblower programs. Among his many cases, he has represented one of six whistleblowers responsible for a $39 million settlement in a FCA case alleging illegal kickbacks and off-label marketing by a pharmaceutical company.
Taking it all in stride, the dynamic young lawyer said, “It is an honor to be asked to serve on a panel with U.S. District Chief Judge [W. Keith] Watkins [of the Middle District of Alabama] and so many distinguished and extremely knowledgeable colleagues.”
Without taking too much time out of their day, the mid-day CLE is perfect for busy attorneys who not only practice qui tam cases, but who also regularly encounter clients who have employment issues arising from a job with government contracts or involving government funds. The conference will provide a thorough overview of the FCA, a discussion of relevant Supreme Court Cases, practice tips and recent developments in 11th Circuit. A panel discussion will give participants insight into the expectations from U.S. Attorney Offices regarding qui tam litigation along with a rare opportunity to look into the mind of a federal judge presiding over FCA litigation.
It will convene at the Frank M. Johnson U.S. Courthouse Complex on March 7, in Montgomery, Alabama, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Additional distinguished panelists include: Jerusha Adams, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Alabama; Deidre Colson, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Alabama; Don B. Long, III, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Alabama; and Tom Potter, Burr Forman, representing FCA defense counsel. The panel will be moderated by R. Scott Oswald, from The Employment Law Group, PC.
Additional information and registration is available online.
If you have any questions about whether you qualify as a whistleblower, please contact an attorney at Beasley Allen for a free and confidential evaluation of your claim. There is a contact form on this website, or you may email one of the lawyers on our whistleblower litigation team: Archie Grubb, Larry Golston, Lance Gould or Andrew Brashier.
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