Do you have information or evidence of a company or individual committing financial fraud against the government? As a whistleblower, you have the right to report such activity without fear of retribution, and you may be entitled to a portion of the compensation recovered under the federal False Claims Act.
At Lichtenstein Law Group, our dedicated legal team has extensive experience helping whistleblowers build successful cases for prosecution under the False Claims Act (FCA), also known as “qui tam” claims. With almost 100 years of combined legal experience, our knowledgeable litigators are uniquely qualified to advise clients on these complicated claims. We understand both the criminal and civil side of these types of allegations, and we know what federal prosecutors are looking for when they decide whether to pursue your FCA case.
Schedule a free consultation now to learn about your rights as a whistleblower. Our respected False Claims Act attorneys can review the information you have collected and discussed all your options for moving forward with a claim. It is crucial that you come forward as soon as possible, though, because if someone else files a claim related to the illegal activity before you, you will lose your right to compensation.
When you have evidence that the government is being defrauded, you should seek advice from a qualified attorney immediately. Under the False Claims Act, also known as the Lincoln Law because it originated with President Lincoln, private citizens can file whistleblower lawsuits to recover taxpayer money, as well as compensation for the role they played in uncovering the fraudulent claims. However, the process for filing a whistleblower complaint is complex, and you will need an experienced attorney to protect your rights throughout the process.
You can trust the highly respected litigation team at Lichtenstein Law Group to:
When you schedule an initial consultation with our team, we will explain the process for filing a whistleblower lawsuit in detail and go over the next steps for your claim. We can also answer any questions you may have about compensation and protection from retaliation. Contact us now to set up a free consultation.
When a company or individual knowingly defrauds the government, any everyday citizen with firsthand knowledge of the situation can file a lawsuit on behalf of the government and themselves. This is known as a “qui tam” action.
Some of the common types of qui tam lawsuits, known as whistleblower lawsuits, involve:
In a majority of cases, employees of the companies committing fraud are the ones who come forward with information leading to a qui tam lawsuit. However, anyone who has information about these types of fraudulent activities can file a claim ─ and be eligible for compensation. This includes competitors, subcontractors, customers, and patients. The person who files the lawsuit is called the “relator.”
Pursuing a whistleblower lawsuit under the False Claims Act is complicated and requires a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling these types of cases. Extensive documentation and a solid legal strategy are necessary in order to prepare a claim that the Department of Justice will consider joining.
In general, the steps for filing a whistleblower claim include:
Because False Claims Act cases have a better chance of succeeding if the government joins in the lawsuit, our attorneys work closely with whistleblowers right from the start to develop a strong complaint and written disclosure for the government’s consideration. We want the government to see the value of prosecuting your claim, as well as the value of the information that you provide.
Schedule a free consultation with our seasoned litigators today to discuss what to do if you believe you have information about government fraud.
There are several types of conduct that could warrant a qui tam lawsuit. All of them involve some type of submission of false claims to the government. For example:
If you believe you have firsthand evidence of any type of false claim, you should gather any documentation you have and talk to one of our experienced qui tam lawsuit attorneys about your legal options. The information you possess could help the government uncover a costly scheme to defraud.
With the help of people like you, the government has recovered more than $3.5 billion in whistleblower cases since 1986. In exchange, thousands of whistleblowers have been awarded more than $550 million for the cases they have brought against companies and individuals who were defrauding taxpayers.
When you file a whistleblower claim, compensation will vary depending on the circumstances of your claim. For example:
If your qui tam lawsuit is successful, the government will pay your compensation once it has received payment from the defendant. You should know that if the Department of Justice decides to intervene in your claim, it has the right to resolve the case through an alternative remedy. However, you still maintain the same right to compensation as if your case had proceeded to trial.
If you have evidence or information that you believe reveals fraud against the government, you should speak with a knowledgeable attorney immediately about filing a whistleblower claim. There is a strict qui tam lawsuit statute of limitations on how to file a claim, and preparing a qui tam case takes time. You should know that you must bring the claim:
In addition, the False Claims Act includes a first-to-file rule, which means if someone else files a claim about the fraudulent actions before you come forward, you will not be able to pursue your claim. Talk to our whistleblower attorneys today about your options for filing a claim.
Pursuing a case under the False Claims Act is complicated, but our whistleblower attorneys can help guide you through the qui tam lawsuit procedure. Some factors you should consider when deciding whether you have a qui tam case includes:
Do you have more questions about filing a whistleblower complaint? Contact us now, and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
If you have evidence that your employer or another company is stealing from the government, you have a duty ─ and an incentive ─ to come forward and speak up. Through the False Claims Act, the federal government encourages everyday citizens to take action against fraudulent activities, and you may be entitled to compensation for your role in bringing the defendant to justice.
Contact us today to set up a free, no-obligation initial consultation, where we will go over the evidence you have and review your options for moving forward with a claim. Our law firm does not charge any fees upfront to begin work on whistleblower cases. Instead, we collect payment from you only if and when you recover compensation in your claim.