Qui Tam Litigation
Whistleblowers play a pivotal role in the detection, investigation and prosecution of fraud against the government. According to Taxpayers Against Fraud, more than 80 percent of cases pursued under the False Claims Act are initiated by whistleblowers. The False Claims Act, also called the Whistleblower Act or the Qui Tam Act, encourages citizens to bring forward evidence of fraud against the government and sue on the government's behalf.
Every year, billions of dollars are taken from the U.S. government through fraud. The False Claims Act (FCA) is designed to punish those who knowingly submit false claims for payment of government funds.
Many people who step forward and become whistleblowers do so because they feel the risks are worth taking, to save lives, to protect the innocent and to right a wrong. It is because there are risks involved in filing a qui tam claim that the federal False Claims Act provides both whistleblower protection and a substantial reward for the “relator” (whistleblower who files a qui tam claim).
If you have seen or are aware of any potentially fraudulent behavior that could be costing the government money, you have the right to expose it. No matter who you are, whether you are a high ranking official within a company, an employee or even a bystander who becomes aware of corporate misconduct or potential fraud, it is extremely important that you seek knowledgeable representation should you decide to go through the process of a qui tam case. Filing a qui tam fraud lawsuit, such as against a pharmaceutical manufacturer, is complicated and requires legal professionals with experience in dealing with the companies that perpetrate the fraud.
For more than 40 years, the dedicated lawyers of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman have brought justice to their clients by holding major companies and manufacturers accountable for the harm their products and services have caused. Our attorneys have developed a reputation for breaking new legal ground, holding Fortune 500 companies accountable, influencing public policy, raising public awareness and improving product safety.
Using the False Claims Act, Baum Hedlund’s top whistleblower attorney Mark Schlein has recovered billions from corporate offenders on the state and federal level. Mark also directed a staff of 143, including 14 Assistant Attorney Generals and over 90 sworn criminal investigators that conducted thousands of criminal investigations, made over 1300 arrests and litigated hundreds of civil cases.