On Nov. 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 into law. The Act will increase the civil penalties imposed under the False Claims Act (FCA). These penalties presently range from $5,500 to $11,500 per violation. However, in an attempt to keep up with inflation, the 2015 Act will allow the government to increase those civil penalties. The Act does not allow civil penalties to be increased to any specified amount. Instead, the cap is set at a 150 percent increase. This cap allows the government to increase the FCA civil penalties in a range from $13,750 to $28,750. The expected increases have until Aug. 1, 2016 to be implemented.
The lawyers in our firm who handle FCA litigation believe raising the civil penalties will strengthen the government’s negotiating position when it brings an FCA claim against an alleged violator. This strengthened position should help the government obtain additional settlements and greater civil penalties in litigated FCA cases.
If you have any questions about whether you qualify as a whistleblower, contact a lawyer at Beasley Allen for a free and confidential evaluation of your claim by calling 800-898-2034. There is also a contact form on our website, or you may email one of the lawyers on our whistleblower litigation team: Andrew.Brashier@beasleyallen.com, Archie.Grubb@beasleyallen.com, Larry.Golston@beasleyallen.com or Lance.Gould@beasleyallen.com.
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