Qui Tam  or “Whistleblower Act”

Qui Tam also known as the “Whistleblower Act” is an action derived from The False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. Sections 3729-33).  This Act provides for a person or “whistleblower” to sue on behalf of the government if they knows about any fraud committed against the federal government.  This fraud can be either committed in the past or present and lets the reporting party recover triple damages as well as civil penalties.

If the lawsuit is won, the “whistleblower” can share in the governments recovery, upwards of  thirty (30%) of what the total award.

What is Qui Tam?

The False Claims Act, also called the “Lincoln Act,” “Informer’s Act,” or the “Qui Tam statute,” was created around the around the Civil War period. Qui Tam is Latin for “he who sues for the king as for himself.” Qui Tam was created to stop unscrupulous Union military vendors.  Because the Civil War was occurring the government needed citizens to intervene and encourage then to alert the government to fraud.

Since 1986 it is estimated that there have been over 4,000 Qui Tam suits filed.  This is when Qui Tam was altered so United States citizens could report fraud easier to the authorities as well as receive a sizable portion of the recovery.  Current data has indicated that over $6 billion dollars has been recovered to date by the Federal government as a result of the help of “Whistleblowers” or Qui Tam. As a result of the lawsuits, whistle blowers have been paid over $960 million!

If you, a friend or family member, believe you have a Qui Tam claim, please contact our office today to speak with an experienced Qui Tam lawyer.

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