A whistleblower may receive up to 25% of any money that the government recovers as a result of his qui tam lawsuit. Since 1987, the United States Department of Justice has recovered $27.2 billion as the result of qui tam lawsuits and whistleblowers have received rewards totaling $4.2 billion. Many states have similar laws which are modeled on the federal statute.
Qui tam lawsuits can be brought against any organization, even government entities, that violate a law or regulation. There are many different types of qui tam lawsuits. Whistleblower cases are frequently filed against healthcare providers who submit false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, including pharmaceutical companies that promote and market their drugs deceptively or for unapproved “off label” uses. Other important qui tam lawsuits are brought against defense contractors who cheat the government by overcharging or providing defective goods or services.
Types of prominent whistleblower cases include:
- Aerospace Fraud
- Defense Contractor Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud – Medicare/Medicaid
- Hospice Care Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Pharmaceutical Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Tax Fraud
If you have witnessed or are aware of potentially fraudulent behavior that could be costing the government money, you have the right and duty to expose it. Whether you are a high ranking official within a company, an employee or even a bystander who becomes aware of corporate misconduct, filing a qui tam lawsuit requires the assistance of legal professionals with experience handling these complicated cases.
At Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, our whistleblower attorneys have dedicated themselves to public safety and public health advocacy for over two decades. The firm has litigated over 5,000 significant cases against large corporations involving the false claims act, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and product liability cases and has developed a sophisticated system for carrying out thorough investigations into company misconduct.
Representing whistleblowers is a continuation of our legacy of seeking the truth, obtaining justice and holding unethical companies accountable. If you are aware of corporate wrongdoing or possibly fraudulent activity, we encourage you to contact a Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman whistleblower lawyer immediately so that your case can be properly evaluated. If you decide to go forward and file a qui tam lawsuit, we will ensure your rights are fully protected and that you receive any reward to which you are entitled.