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.
A qui tam lawsuit can be a very complicated affair. At The Federal Practice Group, 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 and representation.
To get in touch with an attorney about your qui tam claim, call our office today and set up a case evaluation.