What is “qui tam?”

Qui tam is a segment that is clearly outlined under the False Claims Act. This act is one of the best pieces of whistle-blower protection legislation in the United States. The qui tam segment of the act allows the whistle-blower to sue the wrongdoer in the name of the federal government. The government also reserves to right to join the action or intervene. Some states, including Wisconsin, have passed laws that are very similar to qui tam. 

Qui tam lawsuits may be filed by any individual or entities that have proof of fraud against federal contracts or programs. If there has already been a false claim suit brought against this entity, you cannot file a false claims lawsuit. Some states also offer incentives for people, encouraging them to turn in whistle-blowers. There are also federal rewards available.

There is a statute of limitations for filing a qui tam based suit. Violators who are found to have broken the guidelines of the False Claim Act may be reprimanded by using several civil penalties. These include hefty fines among several other punishments.

Whistle-blowers play an important role in keeping corporations in line with following regulations and ordinances. For this reason, they are valued and well-protected, thanks to great legislation such as qui tam. Retaliation against whistle-blowers is not tolerated. If you or someone that you know have been victims of negativity or retaliation after coming out as a whistle-blower, speaking with an experienced attorney might be very beneficial. They may be able to answer any questions you may have.

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