What Whistleblower Clients Can Expect From Our Lawyers
At Berger & Montague, our lawyers understand that confidentiality and access to counsel are important in every case. We pride ourselves on providing first-class service to our clients in every case.
We understand that clients may need to talk or meet with us frequently, often after work hours or on weekends. We are responsive to client inquiries and requests for information. If a lawyer is temporarily unavailable, he or she will promptly return your call.
With respect to confidentiality, whistleblower cases are filed on a confidential basis — “under seal.” The action will be filed under seal for no less than sixty days. No one other than the court, the Government and your lawyers will know about the filed whistleblower case while the seal is in place. Call us at (215) 875-5712 to find out more.
After the Complaint is filed, the Government will want to interview the whistleblower and review any documents that the whistleblower has provided. Our lawyers accompany our client on this interview and protect their interests. Following the interview, the Government will begin its investigation. During the investigation, Berger and Montague stays in regular contact with the Government lawyers and seeks to assist the Government in any way possible to help advance the whistleblower’s case. It is likely that during this time the Government will request extensions of the seal so that the action and the Government’s investigation remain confidential. Most actions remain under seal for at least one year while the investigation progresses.
After the investigation is complete, the Government may decide to intervene in the action, meaning that the Government essentially “takes over” the case. This is a good development in most whistleblower cases because when the government is involved the wrongdoer is normally much more willing to resolve the case. If the Government does not intervene, then an important decision needs to be made as to whether to pursue the case without the Government’s direct involvement. If the case goes forward, Berger & Montague will assume the lead role in the litigation, and will engage in an intensive period of “discovery” with the defendant. This process typically ends when either the defendant agrees to resolve the case or the case proceeds to trial.
No Fees Without Recovery
Berger & Montague’s Whistleblower, Qui Tam & False Claims Act Group litigates cases on a contingent fee basis, so whistleblowers do not pay attorneys’ fees or court costs unless there is a recovery.
Contact Us To Learn More
We invite you to learn more about our Whistleblowers, Qui Tam & False Claims Act Practice Group. For more information or to schedule a confidential discussion about a potential case, please fill out the contact form on the right. You can also call us at (215) 875-5712.