Whistleblower and Qui Tam Claims
Whistleblowers are those brave employees who come forward to report allegations of fraud on the government that has been committed by their employer. Referred to as qui tam cases, the claims are brought under the False Claims Act, which allows the government to recover funds that were obtained through fraud.
The False Claims Act and similar state whistleblower statutes are incredibly complex and complicated. Accordingly, it is essential to retain an attorney who has considerable experience representing whistleblower employees in qui tam actions like the skilled Chicago whistleblower attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca.
A whistleblower employee who report fraud committed by his or her employer is referred to as a relator under the False Claims Act. Relators may be entitled to compensation between 15-30% of the total recovery obtained in a successful qui tam lawsuit.
The False Claims Act also provides whistleblower protection to employees who report allegations of fraud by prohibiting retaliatory firing or harassment as a result of the employee’s role in the qui tam lawsuit. If a whistleblower employee suffers retaliatory action, such as harassment or firing, he or she may recover compensation for double back pay, emotional distress, and punitive damages.
Whistleblower and qui tam cases can involve fraud in a number of industries and legal areas, including:
- Medicare/Medicaid Fraud
- Healthcare Industry
- Procurement fraud
- Postal fraud
- Airline industry
- USDA fraud
When you choose to proceed with a whistleblower/qui tam action, you are embarking on a serious legal course of action that involves your job and career. Accordingly, it is crucial that you choose legal representation that will not only advise you of the law and your legal rights, but guide you through the entire process with a practical, long-term approach. The experienced Chicago qui tam attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca understand the societal benefit provided by whistleblowers and, as such, we will do everything in our power to ensure that your rights and livelihood are protected.
When you retain with the Chicago whistleblower law firm of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, can expect professional, personalized client service. You can expect that our Chicago whistleblower attorneys will provide you with knowledgeable, practical and straightforward legal advice. You can expect that our team of whistleblower professionals will treat you with respect, act efficiently and effectively to protect your rights, and strive to obtain the best possible outcome.
At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we use our vast legal experience and knowledge of the law to advise and guide you the entire qui tam process. Our Chicago whistleblower attorneys will take the time to provide you with an honest, practical and straightforward legal assessment of the legal situation and its progress. Our skilled Chicago whistleblower negotiators can advocate on your behalf in negotiations with the employer, and as experienced Chicago whistleblower litigators, we can vigorously work to advance your case in a court of law or in arbitration.
Contact our office at (312) 263-6330 to learn more about how we can help you with your whistleblower/qui tam case.