Can I File More Than One Whistleblower Case?

Below, whistleblower attorney Tony Munter answers frequently asked questions regarding whistleblower cases including how many times you can file a case and what kind of information is necessary to file a case. To learn more schedule a free consultation today.

Yes, you can file more than one case, you just have to have more than one case. You can’t file with more than one case if you don’t have more than one case, however  several people have filed more than one case because they might have had for example information on different contractors in different times doing similar types of wrongful acts.

It’s not hard to imagine if you’re a particular type of employee and you go from one company to another and both companies are doing the same awful fraudulent activity that you might have, in fact, more than one case.

Can I File a Case With Somebody Else?

You can. There’s no problem or no prohibition, I should say in filing a case as a co-relator. It’s obviously best if two relators have sort of half the story, if they can get together and work together, that can be very beneficial to a case. So, there’s certainly no problem with doing that at least initially. Everybody has to be on the same page and agree that they can work together of course.

What About Filing More Than One Kind of Case?

Well, that also comes up quite a bit. For example, you could have a False Claims Act case because an organization is ripping off the government, let’s say some big hospital or some big medical provider or something like that. And, they could also end up being sold as a security to other people and to investors. So it’s entirely possible that something along the line could wind up being a False Claims Act case and also be securities fraud.

So, it could be possible and it may be necessary to file or maybe a good idea anyway to file two kinds of cases involving different allegations, but coming out of the same set of practice. So it’s certainly possible to have more than one kind of case.

What Kind of Information Do I Need to File a Case?

Well, you need information with regard to fraud that you have that hopefully other people don’t have yet. The more you know that the whole world doesn’t know usually the stronger position you are in to file a case.

There’s something called a public disclosure bar under the Federal False Claims Act that says that if the information is publicly available, you can’t file a case unless you are the original source of the information and being the original source of the information is highly technical part of the law, but at the end of the day the more information that you have from the inside knowing how the fraud was committed the better the case the better position you are to file a case.

You want, obviously you also want the information to involve a serious matter of fraud. This is not a law that we use frivolously, it has to involved something that rise to the level of fraud under the False Claims Act.