WHISTLEBLOWER (QUI TAM) LAW
Federal and State governments have established laws to protect whistleblowers against retaliation and financially reward them for helping stop fraud. The Federal False Claims Act (the FCA) is the law which allows private citizens to sue in the name of the United States Government when someone defrauds it. The citizen who brings this action is called the “Relator” (the person who “relates” the story of wrongdoing). 29 states, the District of Columbia, and even some cities have false claims statutes that reward whistleblowers for helping recover stolen state funds. Collectively, these laws are sometimes called “Qui Tam” statutes.
There are also whistleblower laws covering other types of fraud. Securities and tax frauds are two types addressed by different statutes with different requirements. One thing which is common to all whistleblower laws is that they impose very strict requirements in order for the Relator to share in the money recovered and seek protection from retaliation.
For more information about becoming a whistleblower, read the Whistleblower FAQs and Guidelines for Successful Whistleblowing.
We represent people with inside knowledge of financial scams against the Federal and state governments, including those involving funds paid for:
- Government contracts (i.e. Departments of Defense, Energy, Education, HUD, etc.)
- Government grants
- Student loans
- Any other programs where the Federal and State governments pay money to private entities