“Qui Tam” means “On Behalf of the King.”
Dating to medieval times, when a loyal subject of a monarchy reported fraud perpetrated on the kingdom, the king rewarded the subject bringing a claim qui tam with a percentage of the recovered monies or valuables.
During the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the “False Claims Act” was enacted to help the government prosecute opportunistic and deceitful fraud and theft against the government, particularly during the Civil War.
Today, brave individuals who witness wrongdoing continue to follow the tradition of whistleblowers from centuries ago.
Some of the largest civil and criminal settlements in the history of the country have been between the U.S. government and pharmaceutical companies over illegal marketing of drugs that inflated the use of and cost to Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration. Other whistleblowers have brought forth information on securities and exchange, mortgage, defense contractor, GSA procurement, tax, grants, research, fraud and much more.
If you believe you have a whistleblower claim, do not discuss it with anyone other than your lawyer. These cases are filed under seal, meaning that they are not disclosed to anyone other than the government. If you violate the seal, your case can be dismissed.
At any given time, there may be hundreds of whistleblower “qui tam” cases confidentially being investigated by federal or state governments.
The Harman Law Firm attorneys are keenly aware of the intricacies of representing a whistleblower while a case is “under seal”- many factors come into play when filing a claim. Although an individual can pursue a claim on his or her own, having attorneys sift through documents and plan strategy for the presentation of evidence in the investigation can influence the chances of a positive outcome.
Not every whistleblower claim is successful, and no law firm can promise a specific outcome. But the Harman Law firm fights for whistleblowers and the citizen taxpayers who are also defrauded when someone cheats government.
Contact us for a confidential consultation on whether you have a whistleblower claim.
There are immediate steps that must be taken to preserve evidence; prospective whistleblowers are wise to seek counsel in how to proceed legally and in ways that protect their income and reputation during the process.
In some cases where additional people may know of wrongdoing, there may be an advantage to being the first to file. Call (404) 554-0777 or Contact the Harman Law Firm online today.
- The Harman Law Firm represents clients across the country with qui tam claims.