Whistleblower Lawsuits Qui Tam and False Claims Act
Whistleblowers can play a role in going after companies engaged in defrauding taxpayers through waste and deceptive practices. Under the provisions of the Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 – 3733, private citizen whistleblowers can help recover losses to the government, including losses resulting from government contractor fraud. See our blog post. Such whistleblower actions are filed by qui tam relators, individuals who bring suit under the FCA on behalf of the United States. If you have direct personal knowledge of fraud against the United States government, at your company, university or even at another business or university, you may be entitled to collect a reward of 15% to 30% of the total amount of the fraudulent billings recovered by the government. The Federal Civil False Claims Act basically allows ordinary private citizens to act as attorney generals and file lawsuits on behalf of the United States government. The term “qui tam” derives from Latin and refers to “suing for the sovereign and for himself.”
If you believe you have a whistleblower claim, please call and speak with one of our experienced lawyers. Though we no longer handle this type of case, we likely will be able to refer you to someone who will be able to assist you.