False Claims Act Practice in Virginia

An Introduction to Qui Tam Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia–also known as the “Rocket Docket”

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is known as the “Rocket Docket,” a title that Court has worn with pride for more than 40 years.  The name originated with Albert V. Bryan, the Judge for whom the Alexandria Courthouse […]

Considerations for Settlement in Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act cases

Settlement of qui tam actions under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act and the Federal False Claims Act present complex and unique legal legal issues. This post addesses just a few of the issues likely to arise.

A look at the standing of qui tam relators under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act

    In the course of blogging, from time to time people call or email me about various aspects of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act as well as the Federal False Claims Act.  When I do receive such questions, along with the […]

Recovering Mandatory Attorney’s Fees under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act

The topic of today’s post is the recovery of mandatory attorney’s fees under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act in Virginia state court.  I find it interesting how many attorneys simply do not pay attention to maximizing the fee recovery under fee shifting […]

Trouble on the Horizon: Fourth Circuit Affirms Judge Lee’s Dismissal of FCA case in United States ex rel. Godfrey v. KBR, Holds that Wrongful Terminations Claims under the FCA are Subject to Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts.

     On Friday, May 17th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought pursuant to the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq.) […]

Qui Tam Practice Example: Documentation of a Qui Tam Claim is not to be taken lightly by potential relators

Potential qui tam relators under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act or the Federal False Claims Act should be aware of the risks inherent in blowing the whistle. The recent Virginia case of JDS Uniphase v. Jennings, 473 F.Supp.2d 697 (E.D.Va. 2007)makes it clear that there are risks involved.