Whistle Blower Litigation / False Claims Act
Ben F. Windham, P.C. represents Plaintiffs, otherwise known as Relators in Whistle Blower Litigation Claims. These are also known as Qui Tam under Federal or State False Claims Acts. The Federal False Claims Act is codified under 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 to 3733. Georgia has two False Claims or Qui Tam statutes.
In a Whistle Blower claim a person with knowledge of fraud being committed against the government known as a Relator files a lawsuit under seal and gives the government a statutory time period to respond by either litigating the case themselves or releasing the Relator to sue on their own to recover. A Relator is typically an employee, contractor or agent of the company or individuals committing the fraud.
Penalties to the defrauding party can be $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 per false claim plus three times the damages sustained by the government and costs of litigation. Depending on whether the government or the Relator litigates the claims, the Relator will received between 10% and 30% of the total recovery which can make these claims very lucrative for the Whistle Blower.
Types of Whistle Blower cases can include, but are not limited to;
- Healthcare (Medicaid / Medicare)
Defense Contractor / Military
- Financial Fraud / SEC
- IRS Tax Fraud Cases
- Environmental Regulation
- Oil Gas and Mining
- Scientific Research
- Prescribing or Encouraging Use of Pharmaceutical Drugs for Non-FDA Approved Uses
If you have personal knowledge of fraud being perpetrated upon the federal or state government, contact our firm to further discuss pursuing a Whistle Blower lawsuit.