What We Do

LETS GET THERE TOGETHER

STEP 1:

YOU KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG

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If you suspect that an entity you work for or with is cheating the US government and you want to stop the cheating you should consult a law firm like Protectus Law.

STEP 2:

WE LISTEN AND ANALYZE

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Our lawyers talk with you in confidence to assess whether your suspicion of fraud has merit and might support a case under the False Claims Act. You must have knowledge of the where, when and how the fraud was undertaken. You must have evidence obtained in the normal course of doing your job. And you must know if the government suffered a loss or damage.

STEP 3:

BOTH YOU AND OUR FIRM DECIDE WHETHER WE WANT TO WORK TOGETHER

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If our Firm decides your case has merit and you decide you would like our Firm to represent you then we will both enter into a legal representation agreement. This will be a contingent fee agreement meaning that you pay none of the expenses or legal fees of the case and our Firm will invest time and money for expenses and receive in turn statutory legal fees and a percentage of your False Claim Act Reward.

STEP 4:

WE INVESTIGATE AND PREPARE YOUR CASE

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Using our investigators and Non-Lawyer Members Industry Expertise we will investigate the case and draft a disclosure statement which describes the fraud with particularity-the where, when, how and contains the written evidence you have obtained. We then prepare a complaint which lists you personally as bringing the lawsuit upon behalf of the government against the entities that cheated the government. This complaint is based on the same facts laid out in the disclosure statement. Your entitlement to a reward depends upon this one document, so we spend a great deal of care setting forth the facts of the fraud.

STEP 5:

WE FILE YOUR FALSE CLAIMS ACT CASE

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We first file the disclosure statement with the U.S. Attorney Office and then file the complaint under seal (in secret) in the U.S. District Court. The case remains sealed often for a prolonged period of time. You may not disclose the case to anyone other than your law firm.

STEP 6:

Government Investigation and Evaluation of the Sealed Case

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Once filed, the sealed case is investigated by the U.S. Government with both attorneys from the Department of Justice and member agencies and investigators from the FBI and other agencies. You and members of our Firm assist the Government with this evaluation. Our investigation and our joint industry knowledge can be very helpful to the Government investigators.

STEP 7:

The Government Decides to Intervene

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Of the over 500 FCA cases filed a year the Government chooses to pursue or “intervene” in about 20% of the cases. If the Government intervenes the defendant often will settle the case. In some cases the Government pursues the case in court all the way to trial. In these intervened cases the Government will be in charge and our Firm will assist them with industry expertise and damage analysis. You, as the original relator in a successful case will still be entitled to a reward even though the Government litigated and settled the successful case.

STEP 8:

The Government Decides Not to Intervene

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In the majority of the cases, the Government lawyers decide not to pursue the case. This may be because either they decide they do not have enough resources to devote to the case or because they found some aspect of the case or evidence lacking. If the Government declines a case we would then work with you to decide whether to continue the case or to abandon the case, with the Firm having to make the final decision as to its role.

STEP 9:

Litigate the FCA Case Without the Government

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If you and the Firm decide to proceed with the case then we would build a litigation team made up of our lawyers, our industry and damage expertise and partner law firms with special skills in trial advocacy or appellate work.

STEP 10:

Negotiate or Litigate the Attorney’s Fees Award and Relator Share Award

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If a case is brought to a successful conclusion against the defendant by either the Government or by our litigation team we would then pursue the maximum reasonable attorney fees and relator share award. This process often involves going to the District Judge and seeking an order concerning a fair award. Sometimes it involves appeal of that award. Our Firm is experienced in litigating these issues and while we will make a reasonable attempt to negotiate these shares we stand ready to ask the judge to decide the awards.

THINK YOU HAVE A CASE?

CONTACT US.

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