Qui Tam Lawsuits: Frequently Asked Questions

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we believe information is the most powerful weapon you can have. It is natural to have questions, particularly about complex issues involving the federal government. Please contact us with any further questions on qui tam you may have.

Simmons Hanly Conroy will review and evaluate your case at no charge. Upon completion of our review, we will discuss with you the merits of your case and whether or not we have mutual interests in pursuing this matter.

Feel free to ask us any question you have regarding your potential claim, the False Claims Act or about Simmons Hanly Conroy as a firm. One of our responsibilities is ensuring you have the necessary information to make an informed, confident decision.

An individual with personal knowledge of someone who knowingly submits or causes to be submitted false claims to the federal government.

The length of time for a qui tam case varies depending on:

  • the facts of your case
  • the length of time it takes the government to decide whether or not they will intervene
  • whether or not the government intervenes
  • whether the case settles prior to trial

Therefore, your case could take anywhere from a matter of months to years. The median length of time for a case where the government has intervened is approximately 38 months. However, these cases have been resolved as quickly as 4 months and have taken as long as 187 months.

The Department of Justice makes this determination. Unfortunately, there is no published criteria, which identifies what factors are evaluated. Historically, certain areas have seen higher intervention rates than others, specifically the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense. This is not completely unexpected as these two areas represent roughly 80 percentĀ of all the cases that are filed.