Qui Tam Claims
Federal Legal Advocacy for Legitimate Whistleblowers
Qui tam lawsuits fall under the Federal False Claims Act, which is meant to incentivize
whistleblowers who attempt to defend the federal government by holding
individuals and corporations accountable. Those whistleblowers that bring
to light others attempting to defraud the government are entitled to a
percentage of the funds the government recovers in the case.
An individual who brings forth evidence of fraud against the government,
and has acquired legal representation, is eligible to bring a case against
another person or business that is defrauding the government under the
False Claims Act and can receive part of the funds recovered.
How much a whistleblower is eligible to receive depends on whether the
government involves itself in the matter. The government is not legally
obliged to involve itself in such cases.
The following shows two different scenarios possible for filers of
qui tam claims:
- If the government chooses to intervene, the whistleblower that brought
forth the case is eligible to receive 15 to 20 percent of the recovery.
- If the government does not intervene, leaving the individual and his lawyer
to move forward alone, the filer can receive between 25 and 30 percent
of the recovered funds.
Information regarding a
qui tam claim is usually kept secret from all parties except the government, including
the accused. This allows the Department of Justice to properly investigate
the merits of the accusation. However, the government can and may choose
to have the accused informed of the charges in hopes of reaching a settlement
before going to trial. Potentially liable parties can benefit from negotiating
an out-of-court settlement, as court verdicts can reach up to three times
the amount lost by the government in addition to possible punitive damages.
Federal Practice Group is Here To Protect You
Qui tam and the False Claims Act seek to provide job protection to legitimate
whistleblowers that put themselves at risk when reporting potential fraud
of government agencies and are entitled to a share of the funds the government
may recover. However, without higher knowledge of the legal implications
involved with such legislation, many whistleblowers lacking representation
can find themselves in difficult situations.
qui tam lawsuit can be a very complicated affair. At The Federal Practice Group
Worldwide Service, we have over a century of combined legal experience.
Our federal legal advocates can help you navigate such a claim against
an individual or corporation, helping you understand and practice your
whistleblower rights. All of our experience is directed towards protecting
the rights of federal employees and offering them superior legal counsel
To get in touch with an attorney about your
qui tam claim, call our office today and set up a case evaluation.