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If you believe you have witnessed illegal or unethical behavior at your workplace or organization, you may want to report it – but fear retaliation. You do not have to go through this alone; there are federal laws in place to protect you. At Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP, our attorneys represent whistleblower clients and help protect their best interests. We will make sure that you receive the legal representation and protection that you are entitled to – as well as the financial reward you deserve for your contribution. Contact us today to discuss your situation during a free case consultation.
What Is the False Claims Act?
The False Claims Act is America’s first whistleblower law and has seen many revisions since it was originally signed into law in 1863. It was passed to protect the government against fraud during the Civil War.77
Under the False Claims Act, the qui tam (or whistleblower) provision allows any individual or organization (known as the relator or whistleblower) who finds out about fraud to file a lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. government. It protects the whistleblower from retaliation. It also gives the government the right to intervene and join the action.
Over time, the False Claims Act has been expanded to apply to conduct that occurred outside of the U.S. – in cases where there was federal spending, contracting, and procurement.
Who Can File a Qui Tam Lawsuit?
Under the False Claims Act, anyone can file a qui tam lawsuit if they have evidence or information that wrongful acts were committed to defraud the government. This includes non-U.S. citizens and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
However, you do not have grounds to file a qui tam lawsuit if another private party or the government has already filed using the evidence you have.
How Can an Attorney Help You?
An attorney will have a thorough understanding of the False Claims Act and know how it applies to your specific situation. We will help you determine the best strategy to move forward with your case, while also protecting you from any retaliation by your employer. With the resources, experience, and knowledge of a skilled attorney, you will be able to file a lawsuit confidentially, under seal, and within the correct time frame. Your attorney will answer any questions you may have and keep you informed, while also handling any legal complications that may arise.
Contact Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP
It takes incredible courage to report a wrongful act and file a claim in the name of the government – and you should not have to go about it alone. You may also be eligible to receive a financial award for coming forward.
An attorney at Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP can provide you with the representation you deserve, make sure that you are protected from any retaliation from your employer, and help you recover proper compensation for your brave actions. Call today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys and find out how we can support you through this.