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Who can file a qui tam lawsuit?

On Behalf of | May 29, 2023 | Qui Tam

Whistleblowing plays a vital role in ensuring accountability and transparency within organizations and governmental entities. The action of reporting illicit activities, often within one’s own place of employment, holds significant importance. This act not only requires courage but also necessitates a proper understanding of the legal options available, such as the ability to file a qui tam lawsuit.

A qui tam lawsuit, derived from a Latin phrase meaning “he who sues for the king as well as for himself,” offers individuals an opportunity to report fraud against the government and potentially receive a portion of the recovery. But who exactly can blow the whistle and initiate such a lawsuit?

Eligibility for filing a qui tam lawsuit

Essentially, anyone with credible information about fraud happening against the government can become a whistleblower and file a qui tam lawsuit. This includes employees, contractors or even outsiders who possess insider knowledge about the fraudulent activities. However, one should have non-public, first-hand information about the fraud for a successful qui tam case.

Role of whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits

Whistleblowers serve as the initiating party in a qui tam lawsuit, acting on behalf of the government. They provide valuable information that can expose fraudulent activities, leading to the recovery of funds. The government can choose to intervene in the case or allow the whistleblower to proceed independently.

Reward for whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits

A successful qui tam lawsuit can lead to a significant financial reward for the whistleblower. The False Claims Act in the United States, for example, entitles whistleblowers to a portion of the recovered funds, which can range from 15% to 30% of the total recovery. This provision serves to encourage more individuals to come forward with information about fraudulent activities against the government.

Whistleblowing and qui tam lawsuits form a critical aspect of maintaining transparency and accountability. Through their courageous actions, whistleblowers contribute significantly to curbing fraud and protecting public funds, while also standing to receive a reward for their efforts.