Qui Tam (Whistleblower)
Qui Tam, or "whistleblower," lawsuits arise when a person discovers that another person or a company is committing a fraud upon the government, and and brings a claim against the wrongdoer on behalf of the government. Our Qui Tam laws (known as the Civil False Claims Act) can be traced back to the Civil War, and were enacted at the behest of Abraham Lincoln to help stem massive fraud by military contractors that included use of inferior materials, defective products and illegal price gouging of the Union Army. Not many Qui Tam cases were filed after the war, but amendments in 1986 revived the Act as an effective method to fight fraud. Today, many claims involve fraud in health care (especially Medicare fraud).
The whistleblower, usually referred to as the "relator," may be entitled to a percentage of the government's recovery. The actual percentage is determined by the government, and is usually dictated by whether or not the government joins the case. The typical range of a relator's share is 15-30% of the government's total recovery.
These cases are extremely complicated, and the rules involving the rights of the whistleblower to recover a percentage of damages must be followed precisely. Fuller & Associates, P.A. has significant experience in Qui Tam cases, and provides legal representation for all types of whistleblower claims throughout the country. Please call us toll-free at 866-999-FULLER (866-999-3855), or fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as one of our attorneys has reviewed your information.