Whistleblower Lawsuit Lawyer –
Matthews & Associates Law Firm is investigating qui tam cases under the false claims act in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. If you wish to become a whistleblower, contact our law firm for a free confidential case consultation regarding a potential whistleblower lawsuit. We have battled the biggest drug companies in the world for many years, as well as taken on many of the world’s largest corporations and government agencies, including the FBI in its Operation Lightning Strike debacle. We stand ready to see if we might be able to help you with your whistleblower lawsuit or qui tam case.
Qui Tam Case
Qui tam lawsuits are a type of civil lawsuit whistleblowers bring under the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act was made law to incentivize and reward whistleblowers in the event that their qui tam cases recover funds for the government. Qui tam cases present a powerful avenue to help whistleblowers help government stop several types of fraud. Medicare and Medicaid fraud, defense contractor fraud, pharmaceutical drug or medical device fraud, as well as many other types of frauds can financially injure government, and hence taxpayers. Quit tam lawsuits have been filed and used to recover billions of dollars stolen from the U.S. Treasury and taxpayers.
False Claims Act
The False Claims Act rewards whistleblowers who have filed qui tam lawsuits that result in the recovery of government funds. Such lawsuits provide needed job protection for those who want to blow the whistle on fraud or malfeasance. Whistleblowers typically take great professional and personal risks in exposing fraud, especially large types of fraud incidents which have, through the years, been perpetrated against the government. Whistleblowers act to expose fraud that can endanger the lives of patients, doctors and other caregivers, U.S. soldiers, and many others.
Whistleblower Legal Representation
A person who has uncovered evidence of fraud against the government and decides to blow the whistle needs a good lawyer for strong legal representation. We invite prospective clients to visit our Testimonials page to see how we have helped some of our clients. Of course we cannot guarantee good results, but we can promise that should you sign up with our firm, we will bring forth all the legal, financial and human resources necessary to do the best job we are able. We offer a free, confidential legal consultation.
Qui tam Confidentiality
Confidentiality is, of course, key to any qui tam case. Under the False Claims Act, a private citizen may sue an individual or a business that is defrauding the government, and use that lawsuit to recover funds on the government’s behalf. A qui tam lawsuit is filed “under seal,” which means it is kept secret from everyone except the government in order to give the Justice Department time to investigate the allegations. Even the person, corporation or other entity being accused of fraud is not informed of the qui tam case in progress. The qui tam lawsuit and supporting documents work to provide the government with detailed information about the fraud.
Government Investigates Allegations
Once the lawsuit is filed under seal, the government investigates the allegations, often jointly with the whistleblower’s hired attorney. The government may then decide to join the suit or “intervene” in the matter. The U.S. government seldom intervenes in qui tam lawsuits. The False Claims Act gives whistleblowers the “option” of pursuing qui tam cases on their own, though the chances of success are much higher when the government joins.
The False Claims Act mandates that a qui tam case stay sealed for 60 days; nevertheless, courts typically extend the seal multiple times to give the government ample time to investigate the allegations in order to decide whether to join the case. The down side of waiting for the government to decide whether or not to join, is that government investigations can take years to complete.
Government steps in qui tam cases
The government will often ask the court to partially lift the seal on the qui tam lawsuit in order to discuss the allegations and a possible settlement with the individual(s) or other entity accused of fraud. Most successful qui tam cases are resolved through settlement negotiations rather than through court trials, although qui tam trials can and do occur.
Rewards for False Claims Act Cases
Defendants found liable under the False Claims Act may be required to pay as much as three times the government’s losses in the matter, plus additional penalties for each false claim.
Whistleblower reward amounts depend on several factors, including the quality of the case as presented to the Justice Department, and the whistleblower attorney’s work in helping a qui tam case succeed. If the government intervenes in the case and recovers funds through a settlement or a trial, the whistleblower, or “relator,” is entitled to 15 – 25 percent of the recovery. If the government chooses not to intervene in a case that is nevertheless pursued by a whistleblower team, the whistleblower’s reward is typically 25 – 30 percent of the recovery.
Free Whistleblower Case Consultation
Contact our law firm for a free whistleblower case consultation if you may have a whistleblower lawsuit.