False Claims Act and Qui Tam Litigation

Led by a veteran team of litigators that, in the words of The American Lawyer, “overflows with government officials both former and future,” Debevoise is a leader in high-stakes False Claims Act and qui tam litigation.

Bringing a distinctively high level of creativity, integrity and experience to negotiations with government parties, Debevoise has settled most False Claims Act investigations without a lawsuit being filed. Where its clients have faced litigation, Debevoise’s world-class attorneys have racked up an exceptional record securing the early dismissal of qui tam lawsuits.

With its deep industry knowledge and expertise in the intricacies of the False Claims Act, Debevoise has achieved success in defending major financial institutions against the tide of post-financial-crisis investigations into mortgage practices. Debevoise took the lead in resolving the then-largest state-federal settlement—the 2012 deal that concluded False Claims Act investigations into the mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices of major banks.

Debevoise successfully resolved an investigation into a major pharmaceutical company’s sales and marketing practices. Following a False Claims Act investigation into a health care consulting firm’s allegedly misleading Medicare submissions, the federal government declined to pursue claims. The firm has also defended a major insurance company against qui tam lawsuits filed in multiple states.

When staring down the False Claims Act’s treble damages and costly penalties, Debevoise’s False Claims Act & Qui Tam Litigation Group has attained successful outcomes in this challenging and evolving area of the law.