What is a Whistleblower Lawsuit
Whistleblowers and whistleblower lawsuits play a vital role in preserving our democracy and protecting the rights of taxpayers and consumers. Every year, government fraud costs the U.S. government billions of dollars and jeopardizes federal programs that millions of people depend upon. Fortunately, there have always been brave whistleblowers who are willing to take huge personal and professional risks to see to it that such malfeasance does not go undetected and unpunished. In recognition of these risks, the federal False Claims Act and other whistleblower laws allow reporters of fraud against the government to collect substantial financial rewards, sometimes equaling as much as 30% of any funds the government recovers.
The whistleblower practice at Gilman Law LLP was established to protect the rights of these courageous individuals. Our experienced whistleblower protection attorneys work with honest people from a variety of industries, as well as federal, state and municipal employees, who seek to file whistleblower lawsuits in order to recover funds stolen from their fellow taxpayers. If you have knowledge of government fraud, you can discuss a potential whistleblower claim with our attorneys at no cost to you. Any information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.
Blowing the Whistle?
If you want to blow the whistleblower on government fraud, know that you are not alone. Several important federal laws, including the False Claims Act, the Dodd Frank Financial Reform Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and others include provisions that protect and financially reward whistleblowers who uncover fraud against the federal government. Many states also have laws on the books that that offer significant protections and rewards to citizens who reveal fraud at the state level. Before you blow the whistle, however, it is vital that you first contact the whistleblower protection lawyers at Gilman Law LLP. Our whistleblower team can determine if you have enough evidence to go forward with a whistleblower lawsuit, establish what federal laws apply to your case, and fully explain your rights as a whistleblower, as well as the potential rewards and risks.
What is a whistleblower?
A whistleblower is employee or other individual who uncovers evidence of corruption or wrongdoing at his/her workplace, and makes the difficult decision to disclose that information in order to put an end to the fraud. According to Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF), a whistleblower should have actual knowledge of the fraud, not just a suspicion, as well as documentation and other evidence to back up their claims. The whistleblower’s knowledge must be original, and cannot come from a publicly disclosed source such as a newspaper, TV, magazine, radio, court record, administrative hearing, Congressional hearing, U.S. General Accounting Office report, or Freedom of Information Act request.
How are Whistleblowers Rewarded?
Under the federal False Claims Act, the federal government rewards whistleblowers up to 30% of the funds it recovers due to the information provided by the individual. Fraud involving some 20 federal programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, defense programs, and even the recent bank bailouts and TARP programs, are subject to the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The Internal Revenue Service, Securities Exchange Commission, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) offer similar financial incentives for whistleblowers who reveal fraud that falls under their jurisdictions.
Who is a Whistleblower?
A whistleblower lawsuit or claim can be brought by virtually any person with first-hand knowledge of fraud or wrongdoing. Generally, a whistleblower is an employee of a company doing business with the government who has knowledge of fraudulent activity on the part of their employer. However, former employees, subcontractors, contractors and other individuals have also become whistleblowers.
Why be a Whistleblower?
While filing a whistleblower lawsuit can result in significant financial rewards for the whistleblower, most people who come forward are motivated by other ethical and moral considerations. Whistleblower lawsuits can protect vital taxpayer funded programs, and ensure the people being served by those programs are protected as well. In the past, whistleblower lawsuits have uncovered fraud involving dangerous prescription drugs, substandard care at nursing homes, and the sale of faulty equipment meant to protect our soldiers in battle. These kinds of whistleblower lawsuits not only protect taxpayer money, they could very well save lives.
What Protections does a Whistleblower Have?
If you file a whistleblower lawsuit against your employer under the False Claims Act, your identity will remain secret while your case is under seal with the U.S. Justice Department. According to TAF, the False Claims Act provides a remedy for whistleblowers who are discharged, demoted, suspended, “or in any other manner discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment by his or her employer” in retaliation for filing a False Claims Act case. Whistleblower provisions in other laws contain similar protections.
Legal Help for Whistleblowers
Filing a whistleblower lawsuit is not an easy decision. Once you become a whistleblower, you life will never be the same. If you don’t follow proper procedure as set forth in the False Claims Act and other laws, your rights and protections as a whistleblower could be placed in jeopardy. Before you take any other action, it is vital you contact Gilman Law LLP’s whistleblower protection lawyers. Our experienced and dedicated whistleblower attorneys will make sure you receive all of the protections the law affords you, and will do everything legally possible to ensure you recover the maximum whistleblower reward possible. For a free and confidential evaluation of your possible whistleblower lawsuit, please fill out our online form or call Toll Free at 1-888-252-0048.
Whistleblower Law Information
This whistleblower law website provides information related to the different types of federal fraud and state fraud that we investigate, including securities fraud, false claims, pharmaceutical fraud, medicare/medicaid fraud, defense contractor fraud, fraudulent loans and grants, and federal government contractor fraud.
Through this whistleblower program website, you can learn what it means to be a whistleblower and how to blow the whistle and report fraud. Our whistleblower law website provides you with information on what the whistleblower experience is like, what to do if you feel like you’ve witnessed corporate misconduct or corporate fraud, what whistleblower protections are available to you through various whistleblower protection programs, how to select a whistleblower law firm, and what the whistleblower process is like as you work with your whistleblower attorneys.
About Our Leading Whistleblower Law Firm
The whistleblower lawyers at Gilman Law LLP will make sure your potential whistleblower lawsuit meets all requirements necessary under applicable federal and state statutes in order to ensure you are protected from workplace retaliation, unlawful termination, employment retaliation, or any other type of hostile work environment, as well as seek to ensure you receive the maximum whistleblower reward possible. If you’re looking for help exposing fraud and corruption, please contact the whistleblower lawyers at Gilman Law LLP today for your free and confidential case evaluation by completing our online form or call Toll Free at (888) 252-0048.