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The FCA offers significant benefits to civil rights plaintiffs.
Plaintiffs’ (called “relators” in the FCA) damages, can be quite
large—up to 30% of a maximum of triple the value of the contract or
grant—and plaintiffs can also take away per-claim civil penalties as
well as ask for attorneys’ fees. These significant damages should
incentivize private attorneys to litigate these claims as well as
disincentivize government entities from violating antidiscrimination
statutes. And because the injured party under the FCA is the United
States, institutional-change litigants do not face the standing problems
they otherwise have to overcome under laws based on remedying