The Benefits of Partnering with a Qui Tam Attorney
The news is full of stories about companies defrauding the government. The False Claims Act (FCA), also known as the Whistleblower Act, Qui Tam Statute or Lincoln Law, gives any citizen the power to sue companies over financial fraud committed against the government. Qui tam actions under the FCA allow private citizens with knowledge of fraud to help the government recover ill-gotten profits and civil penalties. The whistleblowers, known as “relators” are generally entitled to between 15 and 30 percent of any damages successfully collected under the law.
Putting together a qui tam action can be complicated, so it’s important to get experienced legal help. The experienced qui tam attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm are ready to assess your case. If you have a valid qui tam claim, our qualified attorneys can help you structure your case in such a way that the government will be persuaded to intervene, possibly increasing the likelihood that you will recover reward money.
If you suspect your employer is defrauding the federal government, contact the Louthian Law Firm today toll free at (803) 454-1200 or online for a free evaluation of your case. We can confidentially review the facts of your case, advise you about whether or not your claim has merit and inform you about how the False Claims Act protects whistleblowers from retribution in the workplace — all for no charge.
Getting Legal Help with Your Qui Tam Case
Qui tam cases usually are based on false claims made to the government for payment or approval of claims. These false claims can be generated through the submission of false records, statements or other misrepresentations made to the government.
The dollar value of a case is also part of determining if a case moves forward. The fraud must be sizable to make it worthwhile to pursue a case. There would also be an expectation that the fraudulent party would be able to pay back the money and any fines.
In a qui tam case, the whistleblower files a complaint with the U.S. District Court and also files a written disclosure of all the material evidence he or she possesses. Disclosures are filed under seal which means that the identity of the whistleblower is kept confidential at the initial stages of the investigation. After this, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will decide if the government is going to join the lawsuit. If DOJ decides to join the lawsuit, it takes primary responsibility for pursuing the case.
The Justice Department joins only about 25 percent of qui tam cases. But the cases DOJ does participate in are won or settled more than 90 percent of the time. For qui tam cases without DOJ participation, around 20 percent are successful.
Our experienced qui tam attorneys can help you shape your case for the best presentation to the Justice Department and the courts. Only compelling, well-presented cases are likely to be joined by DOJ, given the volume of qui tam cases filed and the limited number of government lawyers working those cases.
The Louthian Law Firm’s qui tam lawyers can gather expert witnesses, create exhibits and help uncover evidence as part of building the best possible case. Qui tam lawsuits can take a long time, but your lawyer can guide you through the entire legal process.
Contact Our Experienced South Carolina Qui Tam Lawyers
The experienced whistleblower attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm will assess your case free of charge and advise you how to proceed if you have a valid lawsuit under the False Claims Act. If we feel you have a meritorious claim we will handle your case on a contingency (percentage) basis which means you won’t pay any attorneys’ fees unless the case is successful.
A qualified attorney can help you structure your case in such a way that the government will be persuaded to intervene, possibly increasing the likelihood that you will have a successful case and recover reward money. However, even if the government doesn’t decide to intervene, it might still be advisable to pursue your case without government involvement.
For a free, confidential evaluation of your case, call the Louthian Law Firm today at (803) 454-1200 or fill out the online consultation form.