Qui Tam Statistics
(as of October, 1994)
In October, 1994, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reported total qui
tam recoveries of more than $800 million over the eight year period
since passage of the 1986 False Claims Act Amendments. Fiscal year
1994 was by far the most productive year for qui tam cases, with $378
million in recoveries, more than twice the total from the previous
year. Overall False Claims Act recoveries topped $1 billion in 1994.
The $800 million in recoveries resulted from 90 cases in which DOJ
intervened. Qui tam relators who proceeded without DOJ collected
approximately an additional $9 million in recoveries. The total
recoveries by fiscal year are approximated as follows:
FY 1987: $200,000 FY 1991: $36 million
FY 1988: $400,000 FY 1992: $125 million
FY 1989: $32.5 million FY 1993: $185 million
FY 1990: $40 million FY 1994: $378 million
Filings on Steady Increase
Approximately 840 qui tam lawsuits have been filed since the 1986
Amendments, with the number of cases increasing each year.
FY 1987: 32 cases FY 1991: 90 cases
FY 1988: 60 cases FY 1992: 119 cases
FY 1989: 95 cases FY 1993: 130 cases
FY 1990: 82 cases FY 1994: 220 cases
DOJ reports that nearly half of these cases (402) involve DOD fraud and
almost a quarter of the cases (189) involve fraud in HHS programs
(Medicare, Medicaid, etc.).
Many Cases in the Pipeline
Approximately half of the 840 qui tam cases filed are still pending.
DOJ has intervened in 127 cases (with 90 resolved), declined 455 cases,
and is currently investigating about 222 cases.
If you have questions about the law or are interested in pursuing a qui
tam lawsuit, please feel free to contact us at:
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