Whistleblower Lawyers and Qui Tam Matters
The employment lawyers of Sanford Heisler, LLP have represented whistleblowers throughout the United States. Recoveries from our whistleblower cases total more than $1 billion from civil settlements and related fines.
What is a Qui Tam Lawsuit?
When an individual or organization wants to bring a lawsuit against a government contractor or company that receives public funds after they have witnessed an act of fraud against the government, they do so under the False Claims Act. This action is called a qui tam action and the plaintiffs are known as either whistleblowers or relators.
A whistleblower can receive between 15 and 30 percent of the overall recovery of a successful qui tam lawsuit. This amount can be millions of dollars.
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Our Whistleblower Cases
On behalf of the U.S. government and whistleblowers from all walks of life, our employment lawyers have successfully prosecuted various types of cases. We’ve recovered funds for government agencies in claims that involved:
- Illegal kickbacks
- Off-label marketing
- FDA regulation violations
- Medicare fraud
- Financial fraud claims involving the Dodd-Frank Act
- Claims that fall under the IRS whistleblower reward program
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What is a Whistleblower Lawyer?
A whistleblower lawyer, also known as a qui tam lawyer, is a legal professional who represents a private citizen who has filed suit against an individual or corporation that has fraudulently used government funds.
Qui tam is an abbreviated version of the Latin phrase “Qui Tam pro domino rege quam pro si ipso in hac parte sequitur,” which means “Who sues on behalf of the King, as well as for Himself.” In qui tam litigation, a private citizen (the whistleblower) who knows of fraud committed against the government may, through his own privately retained lawyers, file a law suit to recover the losses caused by the government fraud. The False Claims Act provides huge financial incentives to citizen whistleblowers to retain attorneys and come forward, prosecute these lawsuits, and fight government fraud.
Qui tam laws have existed for hundreds of years, with roots in England in the middle ages. In qui tam provisions, the government gives private citizens the right and the financial incentive to retain a private lawyer to file a lawsuit to act in the place of law enforcement. Abraham Lincoln, himself a lawyer in private practice before ascending to the presidency, was responsible for enactment of the 1863 False Claims Act, which was necessary to protect the government from the fraudulent suppliers of faulty war equipment during the Civil War. Although a significant narrowing of the provisions of the False Claims Act took place in 1943, the law was revitalized by Congress in 1986, with a significant expansion of the scope of the law and renewed attention to the federal whistleblower and his or her attorney as a key to enforcement.
Sanford Heisler Whistleblower Wins
Our whistleblower lawyers have obtained historic wins on behalf of our clients. Some of our results include:
- A $762 million global qui tam settlement against human therapeutics company Amgen, Inc.
- A $120 million settlement to resolve kickback and false claim allegations by Omnicare, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmacy services to nursing home patients.
- A $11 million settlement to the City of Los Angeles after alleging Office Depot had overcharged for office and classroom supplies.
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Sanford Heisler Whistleblower Lawyers Are Ready to Fight
Our exceptional team of lawyers are working hard for your best interests. In 2015 alone, our qui tam lawyers have filed 12 whistleblower actions throughout the U.S. and settled three significant qui tam actions against major corporations. If you believe that you have a whistleblower claim, please contact the whistleblower lawyers at Sanford Heisler, LLP, for an evaluation of your case.