Lance Gould, a lawyer in Beasley Allen’s Consumer Fraud & Commercial Litigation section, has just published a book about the False Claims Act and whistleblower laws. The False Claims Act (FCA) was established in 1863 to allow individuals to sue on behalf of the government when they witness fraud against the government. Provisions of the FCA make these whistleblowers eligible to receive up to 30 percent of money recovered as a result of their report.
In this book, titled Whistleblowers: A Brief History & A Guide To Getting Started, Lance provides a brief history of whistleblower law, and how it has grown through the years to expose health care fraud, pharmaceutical and medical device fraud, government contractor fraud, as well as financial fraud. He also provides basic instruction on how to identify a whistleblower claim, and advice about how to navigate these often complex claims.
Lance began his legal career with Beasley Allen in 1997. Since that time Lance has handled numerous cases in several different areas. In the last several years, he has focused more and more on whistleblower litigation. Whistleblower law, in particular, offers a great opportunity to help citizens who are trying to do the right thing, and who have often been penalized by their employer as a result of exposing fraud, waste and abuse. Whistleblower laws enable everyday folks to help our country.
Whistleblowing is not a new phenomenon. The False Claims Act was established by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War as a way to allow individuals to come forward and put an end to frauds on the government. Blowing the whistle takes courage, and facing what comes after can be daunting to most people. Lance says he is happy to be able to help guide them through this process in his practice. Retaliation by employers against whistleblowers is wrong and won’t be tolerated.
In addition to the history of whistleblower laws, this book shares some basic instruction on how you can identify a whistleblower claim. Advice is given on how to navigate these often complex claims. We are making Lance’s book available free to lawyers. You can order a hard copy of the book by calling the firm at 800-898-2034, or you can order a copy or download the e-book at www.lancegould-law.com/book.
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