The riveting true story of the team that brought back an old law to clean up corporate America
Enacted 150 years ago to help whistle-blowers bring crooked government contractors to justice, the False Claims Act is one of America’s most importantand least knownpublic-interest laws. Giantkillers
tells the dramatic and inspiring behind-the-scenes story of how crusading public-interest attorney John Phillips revitalized this ailing law after it had been gutted by lobbyists and left for dead.
During the 1980s, in response to massive fraud by corporate Goliaths such as Columbia/HCA, Smith Barney, and General Electric, the budding legal firm of Phillips & Cohen took on a dramatic, high-stakes battle. Forging an unlikely alliance with a conservative senator and liberal congressman, it helped recraft the False Claims Act to give whistle-blowers the power to sue corrupt contractors on the government’s behalf and receive up to 30 percent of the judgment. Since then, The Wall Street Journal
says that “no other lawyer has done as much to help the government expose fraud.”
Although corporate abuse receives front-page, prime-time coverage, few people understand how the offenders are actually brought to justice via the False Claims Act, how long the process takes (years to decades), and, ultimately, the toll the arduous process can take on the financial, physical, and emotional health of the whistle-blowers and their families. Through the incredible stories of ordinary people who risked friendships, careers, families, and even their lives in order to fight gross betrayals of the public trust, Giantkillers
traces the evolution of the whistle-blower from social outcast to a new kind of American hero.
Emil Stache nearly lost his life to contractor fraud when he fell victim to a faulty artillery shell in Vietnam. Years later, working for a crooked company that manufactured parts for nuclear weapons, he turned to the FBI to make sure the same thing didn’t happen to others. Jim Alderson, who lost his job after blowing the whistle on rampant misfeasance by a national health-care company, went from being a small-town accountant and family man in Montana to the central figure in the longest, richest fraud case in American history. Michael Lissack, a Wall Street maverick on the rise, sacrificed his idyllic lifestyle to expose unchecked corruption, changing the face of an industry.
Charged with suspense, inspiring heroics, and riveting courtroom drama, Giantkillers
offers a vivid insider’s look into the world of whistle-blowers, their adversaries, and their allies, weighing the lure of corporate greed and reckless power against the high costand often breathtaking rewardsof personal integrity.
For more information on this subject, please visit:
GiantkillersAll About Qui Tam: An Online Resource for Whistleblowers Taxpayers Against Fraud: The False Claims Act Legal Center