Tune in to the Qui Tam Series of our Personal Injury Podcast:
What is a "whistleblower” lawsuit?
A "whistleblower” usually is an employee, former employee, or member of an organization, especially a private business or government agency, who publicly reports illegal activities of a company that is cheating or defrauding the government.
People outside of a company who have knowledge of fraud may also be entitled to file whistleblower lawsuits. For example, the family of a hospital employee may discover fraudulent charges to Medicare or Medicaid. These people can also file whistleblower lawsuits.
The U.S. government pays trillions of dollars each year to companies it contracts with for services and products to run government programs. American taxpayers are cheated out of billions of dollars annually when companies defraud the government in the following ways:
- Overcharging for products and services
- Charging for products or services that were never delivered or provided
- Intentionally cutting corners to provide only partial services or inferior products
- Failure to deliver goods and services for which they were paid
The Whistleblower Protection Act
Whistleblower employees who reports the fraudulent activity of their company are protected from company reprisals (wrongful termination or firing, harassment, or demotion) by the Whistleblower Protection Act.
What is the The False Claims Act?
The False Claims Act enables employees and other whistleblowers (called the "relator") to file a fraud claim with the government when they discover that their company or organization is cheating or defrauding the government.
What are "Qui Tam” lawsuits?
Fraud claims are often referred to as "qui tam," a shortened version of a Latin phrase:
"Qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso"
"Who sues on behalf of the king, as well as for himself."
The whistleblower who brings a qui tam lawsuit is entitled to a percentage of the money the government recovers. Depending on the amount recovered by the government, the percentage paid to the whistleblower can be tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The attorneys at Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff have represented people in many different whistleblower lawsuits claiming fraud on the government. If you have knowledge that your employer is defrauding the U.S. government, please fill out and submit the contact form on this page or call us toll-free at (888) 285-3333.
Our qui tam lawsuit attorneys will explain your whistleblower rights and file your claim with the government. Do not tell anyone else. The first person reporting a fraud is the person who will be rewarded by the government in a successful lawsuit.