January 22, 2008
Governor John Corzine signed the New Jesrsey False Claims Act on January 14, 2008, according to a press release on the governor’s site.
The law, which will take effect 60 days after the signing, has a qui tam provision that allows whistleblowers who discover fraud to file suit on behalf of the state. A party convicted of violating the False Claims Act is liable for treble damages as well as civil penalties.
We had reported on the bill’s passage by the state Senate on January 8, 2008.