Connecticut False Claims Act and Whistleblower Laws

Connecticut False Claims Act

Connecticut permits whistleblowers to file qui tam lawsuits to protect state funds against false claims. This law is modeled after the Federal False Claims Act and protects against fraud in both Medicaid and government contracts. Rewards for whistleblowers of between 15 and 30 percent of the recovery are specified in the law.

A whistleblower with evidence of health care fraud in Medicare or Medicaid can also file a Federal False Claims Act lawsuit and seek recovery of the federal portion of government spending. The federal law permits rewards of between 15 and 30 percent of the recovery.

Both the Federal FCA and Connecticut’s law offer whistleblower protection against retaliation by employers. The CT version includes reinstatement, double back pay, interest and special damages, including litigation costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.

Connecticut’s Other Whistleblower Laws

Connecticut first recognized legal protections for whistleblowers against retaliation in a 1980 Connecticut Supreme Court case, Sheets v. Freddy’s Frosted Foods, Inc., over an internal report of a suspected violation of the law. Connecticut later enacted Public Act 82-289 (sec. 31-51m), which codified protections for an employee disclosing illegal activities. Employees discharged or otherwise penalized for reporting a suspected violation of a state or federal law may bring a civil action following the exhaustion of administration remedies to seek reinstatement, back pay, employee benefits, lawsuit costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees.

Special Disclaimers

Whistleblower laws are complex and contain many terms and conditions. These summaries are intended to be brief introductions to the law and not a detailed coverage of the intricacies of the law. For additional information about one of these laws, please contact our whistleblower lawyers at 1-800-590-4116.

Note: McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt attorneys represent whistleblowers under federal whistleblower reward programs established at the Justice Department, SEC, CFTC, IRS, NHTSA and other federal agencies. We selectively handle client cases involving state law retaliation issues where there is a corresponding claim for a federal or state reward. In certain states, we may do so through association with an employment lawyer licensed in the state where these acts happened because our lawyers are not barred in every state. We generally do not represent public sector (state employee) whistleblowers.

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