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Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuits and False Claims Act Defense

Qui tam lawsuits, where a whistleblower lawsuit is brought under the False Claims Act, may reward whistleblowers if the government recovers funds that would otherwise be lost to fraud.

DRM’s White Collar Defense Group is a strong and experienced team of attorneys to defend and prosecute Qui Tam whistleblower and False Claims Act matters for businesses and organizations in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New England. Drawing on lengthy prosecutorial experience with the United States Department of Justice and as private defense counsel, particularly in the health care and defense contracting contexts, our attorneys are well situated to aggressively and efficiently investigate and confront qui tam and False Claims Act cases.

Federal and State False Claims Act Savvy

In addition to significant federal False Claims Act legal experience, our White Collar attorneys have successfully represented individuals and institutions investigated for and charged under Vermont’s new state False Claims Act. We deploy a varied spectrum of defense tactics in these cases, including

  • fast and effective analysis for the facts,
  • data presentation to government authorities of the pertinent situation where appropriate, and
  • aggressive False Claims defense through trial where appropriate.

Reduce Risk and Limit Exposure

Our attorneys always aim to reduce risk and limit the multi-faceted types of exposure these cases present. If case resolution is in order, either with federal or state prosecutors or agency authorities, our attorneys are proven and effective settlement advocates.

If you or your institution faces a False Claims Act or Qui Tam investigation or complaint, do not hesitate to call upon the knowledge and experience of the DRM White Collar Defense Group.

Recent Accomplishments

In contrast to many firms, DRM also has significant experience prosecuting Qui Tam cases and representing whistleblowers, particularly in the whistle-blower context. In 2017, DRM served as local counsel in United States ex rel. Delaney v. EclinicalWorks, Dkt. No. 2:15-CV-00095-WKS, an investigation, and case resulting in a $155 million settlement for the United States. This case, involving electronic medical records, provided the DRM White Collar Defense Group with broad experience in a cutting-edge area of health care fraud litigation.


Director Tristram J. Coffin

Tristram J. Coffin


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Director Timothy C. Doherty, Jr.

Timothy C. Doherty, Jr.


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Litigation Associate Monica Allard

Monica Allard


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Litigator Evan J. O’Brien

Evan J. O’Brien


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Paralegal Heather L. Rylant

Heather L. Rylant


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Qui Tam & False Claims Act

EHR provider Modernizing Medicine pays $45M to settle DOJ, whistleblower case alleging False Claims Act Violations, Kickbacks

Modernizing Medicine (ModMed), a provider of cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) systems, has agreed to pay $45 million to the federal government to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2017 by Phillips and Cohen LLP of Washington, DC and Downs Rachlin Martin of Burlington, Vermont.
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False Claims Act & Peer Review Primer

Watch recording of False Claims Act and Peer Review webinar.
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Fall 2022 Healthcare Webinar: False Claims Act and Peer Review Primer

Join attorneys Jennifer McDonald and Timothy Doherty, Jr. for an hour-long healthcare webinar covering the False Claims Act and Peer Review.
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Monica Allard joins DRM

Monica Allard has joined Downs Rachlin Martin. Monica has begun work in the firm's Litigation Group in Burlington, Vermont.
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