California and the federal government have laws related to whistleblowing, including laws designed to protect the whistleblower.

Enacted in 1863, the Qui Tam provision of the False Claims Act is one of the most powerful whistleblower protection laws in the United States. It remains a primary tool of the federal government in the fight against fraud.

A Qui Tam lawsuit is a whistleblower case in which the whistleblower can receive a reward if government funds are recovered. Under the False Claims Act, anyone who submits false claims to the government is subject to serious penalties. Whistleblowers who report wrongdoing against the state or federal government may receive a percentage of recovered damages.

The False Claims Act allows anyone to file a lawsuit against anyone who intentionally defrauds the government.

The types of fraud claims that are likely in Qui Tam cases include the following:

In California, there are protections for whistleblowers. California whistleblowers and Qui tam plaintiffs are protected by the False Claims Act and State and Federal Whistleblower Laws. These protections include:

Reporting illegal activity is the right thing to do, but it’s risky. If you witness illicit or fraudulent activity, it is best to contact a whistleblower protection attorney before taking action.

The Aiman-Smith & Marcy team is here to protect your rights and help you fight against illegal activity.