Qui Tam & Whistleblower Attorneys
If you’re aware of illegal dealings within a corporation, you could have the right to file a qui tam lawsuit under a federal provision known as the False Claims Act.
Defrauding the government is illegal, and employees who have knowledge or suspicion of such behavior at their own company are encouraged to come forward. Those who do are known as whistleblowers, and filing a qui tam suit means the government will protect you from any retaliation that may result from your employer when you come forward with information.
If you have knowledge of corporate fraud, you could be entitled to a large portion of the compensation recovered by the government if you file a qui tam lawsuit.
The team of highly trained attorneys at Riddle & Brantley are prepared to expertly handle your claim, and the details of your case will always be confidential.
Contact us today for your free, no-obligation case evaluation. Our representatives are available 24/7 to answer your questions.
What Does Qui Tam Mean?
“Qui tam” is an abbreviation of a Latin phrase which translates to, “who as well for the king as for himself sues in this matter.”
While the literal definition seems convoluted, a person who files a qui tam lawsuit “blows the whistle” on wrongdoings within a company, and files a lawsuit on behalf of the government. Because whistleblowers’ actions help the government uncover fraud that is harmful to many people, the person who files the suit is eligible for compensation up to 25% of the total amount recovered by the government.
What Happens When I File a Claim?
Whistleblowers are typically current or former employees of a company, but they may also be independent contractors or business associates.
You will need an attorney to file a qui tam claim. After choosing an experienced whistleblower claims attorney, he or she will file a document called a disclosure statement, which contains all the details of your claim. It will cite every allegation you are making against the defendant along with any applicable laws and regulations the defendant may be in violation of.
This document is filed with the court and sealed. At this point in time, the defendant does not know a lawsuit has been filed.
The False Claims Act requires the Attorney General or the Department of Justice to investigate these allegations within 60 days of their filing. Additional time can be requested, however.
Once the investigation is complete, the government will decide whether it will join your case. If the government joins your case it will go to trial or a settlement will be offered. If the government does not join you still have the option to pursue your claim, but this is a matter that your attorney will advise you on.
What Kind of Recovery Can I Make from My Qui Tam Claim?
Under the False Claims Act, the government can recover up to three times the amount of the fraud, plus associated fines and penalties. You would then be compensated anywhere between 15-25% of the government’s recovery amount.
With programs like Medicare and Medicaid being run in numerous governmental facilities, it is not uncommon that an organization will overbill or in some other way scam the government. These cases can have very high payouts for the whistleblower, but only one person can be entitled to this compensation. The first person to bring the claim will be entitled to the recovery.
Contact an Experienced Whistleblower Attorney
Qui tam claims can be complicated and require an experienced legal team to guide you through the entire legal process.
The attorneys at Riddle & Brantley have a proven track record of success and decades of experience earned by litigating complex claims. We proudly offer free consultations and are available 24/7 to answer your questions. Contact us today.