What Makes A Good Whistleblower/Qui Tam Case?
Whistleblower/qui tam cases are a type of lawsuit whistleblowers
bring under the False Claims Act (FCA). They are a powerful way for
whistleblowers to help the government stop many types of fraud and
recover money that has been stolen from the U.S. Treasury and
The FCA rewards whistleblowers whose qui tam lawsuits recover
government funds and provides job protection to whistleblowers
because of the professional and personal risks they take in filing
Because of these risks, it's important to know whether you have
a good whistleblower/qui tam case before taking action. If you are
considering reporting fraud against the government, make sure you
meet the following criteria:
- You have personal or first-hand knowledge of the
- You have documents that confirm the illegal activities
- There is a significant amount of money at stake
- The qui tam claim falls within the applicable statute of
If your potential case covers all of these bases, it's time to
hire a qui tam lawyer. The whistleblower system is complicated, so
you want to make sure you hire someone with experience who will
help you navigate.
You also want to ensure that your attorney plans to play an
active role in your qui tam lawsuit after your case has been filed.
Since you are a party to the lawsuit, your attorney should expect
to participate in and contribute to all litigation plans.
It's also important to remember not to discuss your lawsuit with
anyone other than your attorney. Under the FCA, your complaint will
remain under seal for 60 days. This allows the government to
investigate your claim without anyone knowing about it. The seal
applies to you as well, and if you discuss it with anyone besides
your lawyer, the case may be dismissed.
After the investigation period, the government will decide
whether to pursue your case. As long as you meet the four criteria
listed above, there is a good chance your claim will be pursued. By
law, the whistleblower's share of any recovery is typically between
15% and 30%.
If you have discovered evidence of government fraud,
contact an experienced False Claims Act attorney before blowing the
whistle. You may be entitled to a substantial reward and the legal
protections afforded to whistleblowers under state and federal
laws. The attorneys of Berger & Montague are nationally
recognized experts in Whistleblower/Qui Tam actions with over a
decade of experience pursuing these complex fraud cases. For more
information or to schedule your confidential consultation, use the
contact form on this page, or call us at
For further reading:
What is Qui Tam?
Choosing a Delaware Qui Tam
Our Law Firm's Approach
to Qui Tam Cases
Statisitics and Research
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