Tennessee False Claims Act

Tennessee has both a False Claims Act, covering many types of fraud against the state, and a separate Medicaid False Claims Act, which applies to false claims presented to the state’s Medicaid program. “Qui tam” suits may be brought by whistleblowers under both laws.

The terms of the Tennessee False Claims Act extend beyond the state to political subdivisions, including cities, counties and other government entities. “Qui tam” suits may be brought by whistleblowers on behalf of the state or a political subdivision.

Under the Tennessee False Claims Act a successful whistleblower will receive between 25 and 33 percent of the proceeds in cases where the state intervenes; if the state does not intervene a successful whistleblower will receive between 35 and 50 percent of the proceeds. These amounts may be reduced if the whistleblower actively participated in the fraudulent activity.

Under the Tennessee Medicaid False Claims Act a successful whistleblower will receive between 15 and 25 percent of the proceeds in cases where the state intervenes; if the state does not intervene a successful whistleblower will receive between 25 and 30 percent of the proceeds. These amounts may be reduced if the whistleblower planned or initiated the violation.


Read the full text of the law here.