Graham County Soil & Water: Can whistleblowers sue using state or county audits?

The federal False Claims Act (FCA) encourages private whistleblowers to sue, usually in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, to recover federal funds allegedly misspent by individuals, companies or local government agencies.

Rewards of blowing the whistle can be very substantial — up to 30% of the government’s recovery plus attorneys fees — but would-be whistleblowers must satisfy a number of stringent rules.  One of these is the so-called “public disclosure bar” of 31 U.S.C. § 3730(e)(4)(A) that bars most claims based on publicly available information the disputed definition of which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court in Graham County Soil & Water District, et al., v. U.S. ex rel Wilson (08-304). Continue reading