New York City False Claims Act

The New York City False Claims Act allows whistleblowers who know of violations of the law to bring a civil action in the name of the city.  The term “city” as used in the Act includes any city agency, department, division or bureau, and any board, committee, institution, agency of government, local development corporation or public benefit corporation, the majority of whose members are appointed by city officials. The act does not apply to violations involving federal, state, or local tax laws.

The city may pursue a civil action, designate the whistleblower to file an action on behalf of the city, or decline either to bring an action or to designate the whistleblower.

A successful whistleblower will receive between 15 and 25 percent of the recovery where the city pursues the action; a whistleblower designated to pursue the action will receive between 25 and 30 percent if successful.  These amounts may be reduced if the whistleblower initiated the violation.

Read the full text of the law here.