Qui tam the false claims act and related federal statutes congressional research service 2 background qui tam in england the earliest cited example of a qui tam provision is the 695 declaration of king wihtred of kent. The false claims act also called the lincoln law is an american federal law that imposes liability on persons and companies typically federal contractors who defraud governmental programs it is the federal governments primary litigation tool in combating fraud against the government the law includes a qui tam provision that allows people who are not affiliated with the government . Qui tam the false claims act and related federal statutes august 6 2009 february 25 2013 r40785 qui tam enlists the public in the recovery of civil penalties and forfeitures. This is a brief discussion of the constitutional questions raised by qui tam provisions of the history of such provisions and of the three existing active federal qui tam statutes the false claims act 31 usc 3729 3733 the false marking patent statute 35 usc 292 and the indian protection provisions of 25 usc 201
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