Do I Have a Whistleblower Case?

You need a lawyer to figure out both whether you have a whistleblower case and whether you have a False Claims Act case specifically.

You may have a great False Claims Act case, or you may have a different kind of case.

Chances are you have something.

If you have a problem you have been living with for a long time at work, if you are deeply troubled with how your company does business, you may really have something.

It can be very difficult, though, to understand what you have. It can be even harder to explain it.

Perhaps, you have inside information not only about bad practices at your job, but also about how your industry works.  Explaining this is not always easy. Remember you are going to have to make it understandable to lawyers in the government who may or may not have any particular experience with the kind of work you do.

What Kind of Questions Will Whistleblower Lawyers Ask?

What kind of contracts are involved? What kind of bills? What services were provided?

Expect a lawyer to ask a lot of questions, to try to understand how your information may fit into a particular kind of case.

Mostly what you have when you start, is a combination of inside information and expertise at what you do. To determine if you have a case at all or how good a case you have, you have to try to explain all that to your lawyer.  Some things that really bother you may be very important, and then again some things you have not thought about in some time may also be important.  You will need to work with your lawyer to learn what you know.

It helps if you know if government money has been abused.  The more you know about that the better, but you probably are not in position to know everything. Tell your lawyer what you do know. You have confidentiality in discussing a potential case with a lawyer.  The more you work through what it is that bothers you about the case the more detail you can provide the stronger your case may end up being.

Other Requirements for a Whistleblower Case

To have a case under the Federal False Claims Act the United States has to be the victim, that is the government has to have lost money. You may have other options if the government itself is at fault, or if your case does not involve the government at all, but to file a Federal False Claims Act case there has to be harm to the government.

If somebody else lost money, but not the government, you may have a different kind of qui tam action.  There are now several kinds of cases to file in qui tam law.

If, for example, you know about securities fraud and your particular kind of securities fraud did not harm any government entity, just private individuals, you still may be able to file an action under the new Securities and Exchange Commission qui tam law. The government is involved in so many different kinds of businesses that the range of potential False Claims Act cases is endless.

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