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In 2013, the federal government recovered $3.8 billion from settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act (FCA). Whistleblowers—also called “relators”—can recover up to 30 percent of whatever a defendant pays in a suit. And in 2013, whistleblowers earned at least $387 million in these actions. It is clear that disgruntled employees have a huge monetary incentive to file whistleblower suits. Interestingly, more than 846 new FCA cases were filed in 2013, with 757 of those filed by qui tam whistleblowers. In the present FCA environment, employers are in the dangerous position of potentially facing false accusations by employee whistleblowers looking for a huge payday. 

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