Whistleblower/qui tam cases are a type of lawsuit whistleblowers bring under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). They are a powerful way for whistleblowers to help the government stop many types of fraud and recover money that has been stolen from the U.S. Treasury and taxpayers.
The FCA rewards whistleblowers whose qui tam lawsuits recover government funds and provides job protection to whistleblowers because of the professional and personal risks they take in filing the lawsuit.
Because of these risks, it’s important to know whether you have a good whistleblower/qui tam case before taking action. If you are considering reporting fraud against the government, make sure you meet the following criteria:
- You have personal or first-hand knowledge of the wrongdoing.
- You have documents that confirm the illegal activities.
- There is a significant amount of money at stake.
- The qui tam claim falls within the applicable statute of limitations.
If your potential case covers all of these bases, it’s time to hire a qui tam lawyer. The whistleblower system is complicated, so you want to make sure you hire someone with experience who will help you navigate.
You also want to ensure that your attorney plans to play an active role in your qui tam lawsuit after your case has been filed. Since you are a party to the lawsuit, your attorney should expect to participate in and contribute to all litigation plans.
It’s also important to remember not to discuss your lawsuit with anyone other than your attorney. Under the FCA, your complaint will remain under seal for 60 days. This allows the government to investigate your claim without anyone knowing about it. The seal applies to you as well, and if you discuss it with anyone besides your lawyer, the case may be dismissed.
After the investigation period, the government will decide whether to pursue your case. As long as you meet the four criteria listed above, there is a good chance your claim will be pursued. By law, the whistleblower’s share of any recovery is typically between 15% and 30%.
If you have discovered evidence of government fraud, contact an experienced False Claims Act attorney before blowing the whistle. You may be entitled to a substantial reward and the legal protections afforded to whistleblowers under state and federal laws. The attorneys of Berger Montague are nationally recognized experts in Whistleblower/Qui Tam actions, with over a decade of experience pursuing these complex fraud cases.
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