Finding Out Whether You Having a Whistleblower Case

The following is taken from an interview with whistleblower attorney Tony Munter as he explains what it’s like to be a whistleblower and how to find out if you have a case. If you believe you have a whistleblower case call today and set up a free consultation.

What Do I Need to Know to Be Able to Have a Real Case?

I think you need to know why your information is special, you need to know how you got your information, and you need to know who was harmed. Was the government harmed, were investors harmed, you know that’s what you need to know to know whether or not you have a case.

Now, you’re going to have to talk it over with a lawyer anyway. But, you have to have information that isn’t just something you read in the newspaper. You have to have information from a little bit more inside a little bit more of an inside basis for your information than that to bring a case.

Is It Hard to Find Out Whether or Not You Have a Whistleblower Case?

It’s hard on your own, I think because for a whistleblower, you’re sort of stuck thinking about it every day, you have to work there every day. And, there are technical issues with regard to any type of whistleblower case that might affect whether or not your case has merit or doesn’t have merit. So, I think it’s actually hard to do it by yourself.

On the other hand, almost all good False Claims Act whistleblower lawyers will be happy to tell you what they think at least initially just by calling them up. It’s rare that whistleblower lawyers charge for an initial consultation, so in that sense it’s relatively easy to find counsel who might be willing to speak and talk to you and determine whether or not you have a case that’s worth pursuing under any of these laws.

Will It Cost a Lot To Do a Case?

Generally, under these cases almost all of us file these cases under a contingent fee arrangement, which means if you win a reward, you have to pay a percentage of what you win to your lawyer. But in terms of cash out of pocket, generally, no, there isn’t much of an expense.

To file a case of course participating in one of these cases is a commitment of time, you will have to spend a lot of time with your lawyer to make sure all the facts are correct, make sure what you’re saying is actually what you remember and make sure your lawyer provides the best possible case. But in terms of money, no, not a very expensive enterprise.