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What is a qui tam lawsuit?

The qui tam section of the False Claims Act was designed to allow citizens to initiate a civil lawsuit on behalf of the government against entities that are defrauding the government. The False Claims Act encourages whistleblowers to call attention to fraud or known illegal activity and allows them to be compensated for it.

In a qui tam lawsuit, the person bringing the lawsuit is not suing on behalf of injuries they have suffered, but rather, they are filing on behalf of the government. Once a qui tam lawsuit is filed, the government can investigate and determine whether or not to take action.

There are a number of different types of qui tam / whistleblower lawsuits, including but not limited to:

  • Healthcare, Medicare and Medicaid fraud
  • Fraudulent IRS or tax claims
  • Government or Department of Defense contractor fraud
  • Bank or brokerage scams
  • Short payment of oil & gas royalties

Whistleblower cases are extremely time sensitive, requiring that an individual be the "first to file" in order for the government to take an interest in their case. This is why it is important to speak with our attorneys immediately if you are a witness to, or have any knowledge of fraud being committed against the government.

How are whistleblowers compensated?

If the government decides to join your case, whistleblowers are entitled to about 15 - 25 percent of the final award. If the government chooses not to intervene in your case, and your case is successful, the whistleblower who filed the claim may receive up to 30 percent of the total recovery. Some of these cases can be extremely high profile, and you could end up being rewarded millions of dollars for your decision to step forward.

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