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Partners Eric Adams and Mark Rankin Discuss “Who’s the Boss?” in a Qui Tam Action

According to partners Eric Adams and Mark Rankin, a recent Florida appellate court upheld a lower court’s ruling that an Attorney General has the authority to dismiss a pending qui tam action even if they had previously declined to intervene.

Qui tam comes from a Latin phrase that translates to “who as well for the king as for himself sues in this matter.” In this case of first impression, Zoltan Barati filed suit under the Florida False Claims Act (FCA), which the Attorney General later filed a voluntary dismissal of the action. The FCA allows an individual or the State to sue a person or company who files a false claim to the State for payment.

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