What is a “Whistleblower”?

Lincoln’s law is one of the original “whistleblower” laws in the United States. During the Civil War, government contractors sold the army sugar but instead delivered sand, sold gunpowder but instead delivered sawdust, sold “boots” made of cardboard. In response, Congress enacted the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act has evolved over time and is currently one of the United States’ best tools for recovering tax money from crooked business practices.

The False Claims historically protects “whistleblowers” who report instances of individuals or businesses bilking the government. The False Claims Act incentivizes whistleblowers by paying the whistleblower a portion of the funds recovered (usually 15-25%). For example, in 2012 GlaxoSmithKline, a foreign corporation, settled a False Claims Act for $2 billion (which translates to an approximate $300 million to $500 million payment to the whistleblower(s)).

The most common claims under the False Claims Act involve false price reporting practices, Medicare/Medicaid fraud including illegal kickbacks to physicians.

It is estimated that approximately $48 billion has been recovered since 1986.

If you are aware of businesses bilking the government and taxpayers, we can help you present your claim.  Call the Law Office of Keith Short at 618-254-0055.

About Law Office Of Keith Short

Keith Short was born in Chicago in 1965. In 1980 his parents moved to Anna, Illinois where he attended high school. In 1989 he graduated from SIUC with degrees in Political Science and English. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. Mr. Short worked full time employment throughout college and law school: auto repair, cannery, legal clerkship. In 1991 he began a clerkship for the Hon. John Dibble of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to graduation Mr. Short was offered an associate attorney position with Keefe and De Pauli, P.C. in Fairview Heights where his practice concentrated in the defense of Illinois and Missouri workers' compensation claims. In 2000 Mr. Short was hired by Hopkins Goldenberg as an associate attorney representing injured workers. In 2002 Mr. Short was offered a full partnership in a firm later renamed Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short, where his practice included toxic exposure litigation, medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Short has litigated product liability/brain damage cases; medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death claims and automobile accident cases. He has handled numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts. Mr. Short also actively participated in the federal welding Multi-District Litigation set in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Short is a frequent lecturer having given seminars in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego, St. Louis, and New Orleans. He resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife, 5 children and 3 step-daughters. On May 3, 2011 Keith Short was sworn in as a member of the Edwardsville City Council, having been elected to represent the city's 5th Ward. He has been assigned by Mayor Gary Niebur to the Public Safety Commission and the Public Services Committee.
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