A federal law written with corrupt Department of Defense contractors in mind has become a serious concern for university administrators, while at the same time giving scientific-fraud whistleblowers new hope for success in pressing their charges.

Eugene Dong BREAKING NEW GROUND: Scientist-lawyer Eugene Dong first saw the scientific fraud aspects of the False Claims Act.

The False Claims Act, also known as the Lincoln Law, was passed in 1863 and amended more than a century later, in 1986. Originally, the law was written to find and punish unscrupulous Union Army suppliers. As applied in scientific fraud cases, the law allows whistleblowers to sue universities and their scientists on behalf of the government for recovery of up to three times the amount of research grants they believe involve fraudulent claims, plus additional penalties.

While several parties firmly support or oppose the act, some feel the problems of and solution to research fraud lie...

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