What Happens After You File a Whistleblower Case?

Filing a whistleblower claim can be a long and confusing process, and if you have already filed you are likely wondering what’s next. For this reason, the following is information on what you can expect to take place after filing a whistleblower claim according to whistleblower attorney Tony Munter. To learn more about this process or for help filing a claim of your own, schedule a free consultation today.

Well, the first thing that happens is, essentially, not much. You wait. The government has 60 days—the case is under seal during this time—but this can be extended for a good cause and, in reality of course, they can’t possibly investigate a serious matter in 60 days.

So it takes them sometime to get to the point where they can contact you and handle your case. When they do, they will be contacting you likely to interview or discuss the matter and try to come up with the way to continue to investigate the case.

As I said, after you file it takes some time. But usually, you end up meeting with government officials and they have a duty to investigate your allegations. That investigation, unfortunately can take a quite a bit of time.

They have to decide on behalf of the government whether the government wants to take over the case—wants to intervene in the case. In which case, the government effectively takes control of responsibility for all aspect of litigation.

They can also decide to decline to intervene. In which case, that brings up a whole different set of decisions for the whistleblower attorney and the client.

They can take quite a bit of time to do that. They can also do anything really with respect to the requesting documents, or they may even ask the whistleblower for further information or to discuss information that they otherwise have in the case.

So it can be pretty involved process of going back and forth between the whistleblower and the Department of Justice to attempt to find out how the whistleblower can be of help to the government in pursuing the case.

After I File a Whistleblower Case, Am I Done with the Case?

Well, filing the case with the government is usually not the end of it. It can be, if you’ve got everything, and the initial filing and everything works and the government takes over the case and accepts the case, and then you go directly to some kind of resolution.

However, it usually isn’t, because usually what happens is the government has a whole set of questions. And they want you to help them understand what is going on.

Quite often, whistleblowers will think of additional things that they just didn’t think of initially or maybe they find some evidence that they didn’t realize was evidence before. It is possible to file additional disclosures and you can file an amended complaint with additional allegations.

Sometimes, in fact, quite often, while all this is going on, a company might buy another company becoming — maybe without realizing it — a party to an action that they may not have known about.

It is possible to amend the complaint to bring them in. So no, by no means is it “the end of it.” It’s usually the beginning reality of what the whistleblower attorney and their client have to do.