Answers About Qui Tam Whistleblower Claims
Qui tam whistleblower laws protect individuals and groups of workers seeking to report their private, corporate or government employer for committing fraud or corruption on a government contract.
We know that many people may not be aware of the various acts of Congress and the California State Legislature that protects them from retaliation when reporting fraud under qui tam law. We think it will be helpful to answer some common questions our attorneys hear when consulting with our clients. Every set of circumstances will be different, so please call us at to discuss your case with one of our lawyers at our Los Angeles offices.
Q. Who can file a qui tam claim?
A. Any person or persons aware of fraud or corruption related to the fulfillment of a government contract by a private business or publicly held corporation may file a qui tam claim.
Q. How much will it cost to file?
A. Hennig, Ruiz & Singh represents clients in qui tam claims cases on a contingency fee basis. You will pay no attorneys’ fees. We get paid a percentage of any money you recover.
Q. Why should I file?
A. Fraud and corruption cost the American taxpayer billions of dollars every year. The U.S. Congress passed qui tam legislation in order to encourage and reward people for reporting fraud and corruption. The individual or group initiating the qui tam action is eligible to receive a significant percentage of the financial award against the company, which may include treble (3x) financial damages for full restitution as well as punitive damages.
Q. What if I lose the case?
A. Reporting the suspected fraud is the first step in stopping it. Each of the sets of various qui tam laws include protections against employer retaliation for reporting the suspected fraud or corruption to appropriate legal authorities. Talking to a qui tam lawyer is your right, even if there turns out to be no basis for legal action. If your employer fires you or takes any kind of retaliation measures, you have the right to sue for damages.
Q. Who should I talk to?
A. You must report according to your employer’s official policies. To initiate legal action, you must report to a law firm that handles qui tam litigation cases.