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Qui tam (pronounced kwee-tam) is a Latin phrase meaning “who as well,” and it refers to a lawsuit brought by a private citizen or whistleblower against a person or company who has violated state or federal law by committing fraud against the government.

Qui tam attorneys file lawsuits on behalf of whistleblowers who have information concerning companies, organizations, or individuals that are defrauding the government. Qui tam lawsuits are brought by whistleblowers on behalf of the government, and are typically brought under the False Claims Act or corresponding state law, such as the California False Claims Act.

Whistleblowers who bring qui tam lawsuits may sue parties defrauding the government for three times the government’s damages. Additionally, whistleblowers are entitled to receive up to 30% of the funds recovered for the government. Qui tam whistleblowers are protected from employer retaliation by law and may sue for reinstatement if they suffer discrimination.

The U.S. Department of Justice has reported a surge in the number of qui tam lawsuits filed since Congress strengthened the False Claims Act in 1986, with more whistleblowers coming forward and more investigations being opened by the government. Between the end of January 2009 and the end of fiscal year 2014, the federal government recovered nearly $22.75 billion from qui tam lawsuits brought under the False Claims Act. In 2014 alone, the government recovered nearly $3 billion from successful qui tam cases; whistleblowers were awarded $435 million.

How do qui tam attorneys help?

Our qui tam attorneys work with whistleblowers and the government to prepare the strongest cases possible, in order to ensure that whistleblowers receive the largest possible rewards as well as the protections afforded to them by the False Claims Act and other whistleblower statutes.

Some common types of qui tam lawsuits include:

The SEC Whistleblower Program and IRS Whistleblower program are similar to a qui tam lawsuit, but are brought under different whistleblower laws.

Are you aware of fraud being committed against the government?

If you have information concerning a possible qui tam lawsuit, our whistleblower attorneys would like to speak with you. We are respectful of the sensitive nature of these matters; all consultations are completely free and confidential. To speak with one of our whistleblower lawyers, call (866) 981-4800, or fill out the form to the right.

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