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Kaiser Team Secures $377m+ Settlement with Booz Allen Hamilton

On behalf of its client, Sarah Feinberg, Kaiser has assisted the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in entering into a settlement with Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (Booz Allen) to resolve a lawsuit that began seven years ago with Kaiser’s filing of a whistleblower complaint on behalf of Ms. Feinberg.  Ms. Feinberg alleged that Booz Allen had been overcharging the federal government by knowingly presenting false claims for reimbursement.

Booz Allen agreed to pay the government $377,453,150 to settle the claims under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  Under that law, a private citizen with knowledge of fraud against a government agency or government program can “blow the whistle” by bringing a lawsuit on behalf of the government.  Successful qui tam whistleblowers can receive substantial awards.  In this case, the government awarded Ms. Feinberg nearly $70 million.  William Pittard, Matthew Kaiser, and Jonathan Jeffress from Kaiser PLLC represented Ms. Feinberg, with assistance from Jonathan Tycko of Tycko & Zavareei LLP.

Ms. Feinberg had this to say:  “I hope this case will inspire more whistleblowers to hold corrupt individuals and corporations accountable.”  She added:  “And I am grateful for the heroic work done by the Kaiser team and Jonathan Tycko over the past 7 years to help expose Booz’s conduct and assist the government in recovering some of the funds that were claimed by Booz.”

“We are proud to have represented Sarah Feinberg in this matter.  Through her courage and determination to do the right thing, as well as the government’s efforts, we have achieved at least a measure of justice,” said William Pittard, one of Ms. Feinberg’s lawyers.  “Using the qui tam provisions of that law, Ms. Feinberg was able to bring this matter to the attention of the government in a way that led to significant monetary recovery.”

Kaiser’s press release can be found here.  The Department of Justice’s press release can be found here.