Lawsuits filed under the Federal False Claims Act have recovered more than $62 billion between 1986 and 2018. More than $42.5 billion of those recoveries have resulted from lawsuits filed by whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Whistleblowers have been paid over $7 billion for their role in assisting the government in making those recoveries for the taxpayer.
In 2018, there were 767 new False Claims Act lawsuits filed; of which 645 were started by whistleblowers. As in past years, the largest number of new False Claims Act cases were in the area of healthcare; although there was an increase in the number of new non-healthcare FCA cases in 2018. This growth is due in large part to the increasing number of FCA cases alleging fraud in the financial markets (including fraudulent practices involving government backed mortgages).