Being a Whistleblower
Whistleblowers are an important aspect to American society. They can expose frauds and scandals and help not just the government recover funds but also stop Americans from falling victim. With many whistleblowers coming forward in the news, it is important to know how important and valued being a whistleblower is.
About the Whistleblower Statute
In 1863 to combat fraud in Union contracts during the Civil War, Congress passed the Whistleblower or Qui Tam statute. It was not until 1986 before Congress modernized the Whistleblower statute and renamed it to the False Claims Act (FCA). It became the government’s primary tool to combat fraud. Individuals who report government-program fraud bring the lawsuit on behalf of the government.
The Law Protects and Rewards a Whistleblower
When a knowledgeable attorney like those found at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm files a False Claims Act lawsuit, he or she files it under a seal. This means it is completely confidential. There is also a full disclosure statement in the suit, which details the evidence collected by a whistleblower.
After we file your suit, the Department of Justice will review the evidence before deciding to step in and decide if they want to prosecute the case. The government’s fraud investigator will work closely with you, the whistleblower to identify all responsible for the fraud. You could be entitled to 15-30% of the funds recovered. In order to receive the reward, you must be the first one to file a case under the False Claims Act. This is why it is key to pick an experienced attorney to work quickly to get your compensation.
Being Brave and Coming Forward
There are many protections for whistleblowers. However, despite them, some companies make it difficult for a whistleblower to do the right thing. This happens when a lab tech noticed his employer, Theranos, was manipulating the proficiency of lab testing results. Theranos retaliated against him. He said that Theranos accused him of leaking trade secrets and violating a confidentiality agreement. He has spent over $400,000 in legal fees fighting these claims. Claims that turned out to be accurate.
But, this isn’t always the case. Many companies embrace whistleblowing policies. These policies create a transparent culture and an honest work environment. Research has shown that this pays off more than fighting whistleblowers. The Association of Certified Fraud examiners conducted a study. The study found that receiving tips on misconduct is the main way that companies detect fraud. In fact, it accounted for over 40% of all fraud cases. Being a whistleblower is what is best for the common good and for America.
Premier Complex Litigation Attorneys
The Michael Brady Lynch Firm has successfully represented thousands of consumers and recovered millions of dollars for their clients. Our team of attorneys has been recognized as some of the most experienced and successful in the country. Our award-winning staff is also sought after for our knowledge on complex litigation, scientific evidence development, negotiation strategies and trial tactics.
Most of all, our law office is resourceful and dedicated to pursuing any compensation you are due. Because of this, we have received a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, such as inclusion on numerous Plaintiff Steering Committees. We will take whatever legal measures are necessary when fighting for your rights to damages.
Therefore, if you believe you have uncovered evidence of fraud involving a government-funded program, contact us today. Our attorneys have represented many clients in the past with complex cases. We will work tirelessly to obtain results on your behalf.