According to California’s Law, a Qui tam lawsuit is a whistleblowing case where the whistleblower (or “relator”) may receive a reward if government funds are recovered. In addition, the False Claims Act allows anyone to file a lawsuit against anyone intentionally defrauding the government. This law was passed in 1987.
The False Claims Act allows anyone to file a lawsuit against those defrauding the government. The following types of fraud claims include the following:
- Medicare and Medicaid fraud
- Defense contractor fraud
- Procurement fraud
- False certifications and information
- Grant or Program fraud and more
The False Claims Act and state and Federal Whistleblower Acts protections include:
- Qui tam cases are investigated “under seal,” which means employees can report illegal activity without the investigation or their identity being disclosed.
- Employers are prohibited from retaliating against a whistleblower.
- Employers cannot retaliate against employees who refuse to partake in illegal or unethical activities.
- A verdict or settlement reached in a Qui tam case, in which the whistleblower could receive up to 30% of the recovered amount.
Do you have doubts about the whistleblower and Qui Tam lawsuit? You can call us today to bring you more information about it. Also, if you are a Whistleblower, please don’t be afraid. Blowing the whistle on illegal activity is correct, but it is risky. If you witness illegal or fraudulent activity, you should contact a whistleblower protection lawyer before taking action. The team at Aiman-Smith & Marcy is here to protect your rights and help you fight back against illegal activity. Our team is ready to help you!