Qui Tam / Whistleblower Claims
In order to encourage fair and good faith dealings with the government, federal laws protect whistleblowers and those who have evidence that fraud has occurred. Qui Tam, or suing on behalf of the government, is a summation of the original Latin phrase meaning “he who sues on behalf of the king as well as for himself.” This phrase is sometimes also casually referred to as whistleblowing. The False Claims Act was enacted in 1863 during the American Civil War in an effort to combat the rampant fraud being perpetrated against the United States Government. Qui tam or whistleblower cases allow a private individual to bring forth a claim on behalf of the government charging fraud by government contractors and other entities or individuals who request, receive, or use government funds. These types of lawsuits help curtail and discourage fraudulent behavior and conduct, and ideally prevent future wrongdoings from occurring.Your Right to Compensation under the Federal False Claims Act
Generally, the federal False Claims Act can offer sums between 15-30% of the money recovered in lawsuits to whistleblower individuals, depending on the circumstances. Many individuals feel intimidated to “blow the whistle” or to combat a large corporation considering their vast resources and deep pockets. People may be discouraged and think they do not stand a chance or that their claims will not make a difference. With the support and strength of a dedicated law firm, you may be able to bring a claim against a company that is not operating properly. Englander Peebles strives to bring justice on behalf of those who respect ethics and morality in business dealings.
The False Claims Act provides that violators who present false claims against the government may be liable for up to three times the amount of money that the United States Government was defrauded. For each false claim made, the violators may also be liable for civil penalties totaling up to $11,000.
There are specific and very important steps that must be followed in false claims cases. This critical factor makes it imperative to retain counsel you can trust will bring forth a powerful case backed with hard evidence.Examples of Qui Tam/Whistleblower Cases
Englander Peebles believes that wrongdoers should be held accountable for their actions. A variety of instances can occur that may lead to liability under the False Claims Act. Some examples include:
- Medicare, Medicaid, or Healthcare Fraud;
- Healthcare Fraud;
- Small Business Loans;
- Off-Label Prescription Marketing;
- Federally Insured Mortgages;
- Federally Insured Loans;
- Financial or Banking Fraud;
- GSA Contracts;
- Environmental Fraud;
- Government Procurement Contracts;
- Government Contracting Fraud.
You may recognize that wrongdoing has occurred, however you may not be aware of what your rights are, what the next steps are, or know what the Whistleblower / Qui Tam process consists of. Contact the Whistleblower Attorneys at Englander Peebles today at (954) 500-4878 or through our online form to discuss your matter and your legal options. Englander Peebles offers a free and confidential initial consultation.