Q: I wish to know the approximate Attorney fees for the False claim act case
I am a whistleblower working in a US based pharmaceutical company. I have highlighted potential non-compliance with cGMP requirement by the company to USFDA. USFDA has taken the issue seriously, issued many observations and followed by a warning letter. As of now, USFDA is not filed any case against the company even though there are some potential non-compliances. I have very strong proof for the medicines which are sold by our company in the US market are adulterated.
Now I am actively looking for a law firm to take this issue and file this case under “False claim act”.
I have contacted some law firms. They are asking 40% of the award (if I win in the case) as contingency fee and additionally they will claim attorney fee and other fees with defendent. I believe this is a huge amount.
I want to know the actual fees for the False claim act case. If you provide details on this, it will be a great help for me.
A: Florida law prohibits licensed lawyers from collecting more than 40% on contingency basis. That is why most lawyers charge the maximum. However, on any other basis attorney fees are unlimited. So some lawyers also keep accurate time records so--if they win--they can calculate the fee both ways and then choose which one they want. They do NOT keep both.
A: You could continue your efforts in contacting additional firms to further confirm what you've already learned about the fees. However, actual figures could be difficult to come by because they would be listed on confidential closing documents between attorneys and their clients. What's found online are largely decisions and motions.
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