Attorney James Young discusses the advantages of filing qui tam lawsuits on a federal level.
Most of the cases are going to be filed in Federal Court rather than State Court. We like to file suit under the Federal False Claims Act, even when state money is involved.
It’s just--there’s a lot more case law and experience under the federal False Claims Act. It’s a more robust statutory scheme.
The cases do not have to be filed where the whistleblower resides or worked, or where the defendant/fraudulent company is incorporated or where the fraud occurred.
They can be filed almost anywhere, and that’s an important determination, because the False Claims Act is interpreted differently in different judicial circuits and districts throughout the United States. So you want to have some strategy behind where you’re going to file.