California False Claims Act

California False Claims Act

The California False Claims Act is designed to protect California residents from the fraudulent acts of others. The Attorney General works within the confines of this act to protect the State against fraudulent activity and misrepresentation and to prevent unfair competition among businesses. The Attorney General applies the provisions of this act in order to resolve differences between customers, vendors, insurers, and service providers. In addition, the Attorney General may appoint receivers to collect monies owed to customers, including judgments of every kind. Judgments of every kind include civil actions, criminal actions, investigative actions, administrative actions, and former orders of the court.


In order to file a qui tam claim, a person must first notify the Attorney General or his or her local prosecuting authority. Then, the person must file a complaint in the court that has jurisdiction over the matter. If the complaint is found to be correct in all respects, the party may move for a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the court. If the TRO is granted, the plaintiff is required to provide notice to the defendant of the status of the TRO and give him or her time to respond to the complaint.


If the defendant fails to comply with the court’s order, the plaintiff can then proceed to file a quo warranto action against the defendant, which allows him or her to go into possession of properties owned by the defendant and recover damages from the defendant for fraudulent claims. There are certain conditions that must be met for the quo warranto action to succeed. First, the plaintiff must be a resident of California and he or she must have suffered a “breach of a trust or contract.” Failure to meet these conditions results in the dismissal of the complaint.

A California False Claims Act lawsuit may be brought against anyone who, either knowingly or unintentionally, makes false claims for compensation or benefits from a public disclosure of information. The term “public disclosure” includes any announcement, advertisement, announcement, book, magazine, or other record that is made by a government agency or any other entity of state or federal nature. Specifically, the complaint must allege that some form of public disclosure was made that was actually false and misleading. Other requirements that must be met before a lawsuit can be brought include that the plaintiff must have reasonably caused the injury, that damage was reasonably likely to result from the inaccuracy, and that the injury arose out of and was caused by the defendants’ failure to provide a quality product or service.


The plaintiff in California False Claims Act cases is required to prove that he or she has suffered an injury because of the defendants’ inaccuracy or breach of duty. The plaintiff must also establish that the defendants did not perform their duty or did not take reasonable care in adhering with a public policy. It is the responsibility of the state attorney general to file the complaint and forward it to the recipient of the funds. If the recipient does not respond, the plaintiff may proceed with the litigation and eventually recover the funds. The claim must be filed within two years of the date of the alleged wrong or injury.

There are certain things that you need to do to make your California False Claims Act claim succeed. The first thing is that you should hire a qualified attorney. An experienced attorney will know all the technical and plain English language that will help you win this claim. Remember, the claim must be founded on a reasonable suspicion that a public policy was not violated. The California False Claims Act states that a defendant who does not act reasonably in good faith within twenty-one days of the service of notice of a public policy or a copy of the same, by local authorities, or the California Supreme Court, shall be guilty of a false claim.

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