New Jersey Whistleblower Lawyers & Qui Tam Lawsuits
At the New Jersey law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, we handle Qui tam — or “whistleblower” lawsuits. This type of lawsuit is brought by individuals who “blow the whistle” on fraud and other improper conduct which adversely affects the government and are brought under the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act rewards whistleblowers whose lawsuit recovers government funds. The Act protects them because of the risks they take to expose and stop fraud. Qui tam lawsuits are a powerful way for individuals to help the government stop many kinds of fraud such as: Medicare and Medicaid fraud, defense contractor fraud, and numerous other types of frauds that impact the government financially — and recover billions that have been stolen from the United States Treasury and taxpayers.
When do you need a Whistleblower attorney?
Once a person has evidence of fraud against the government and decides to blow the whistle, that person needs to find a whistleblower attorney to represent him or her. Under the False Claims Act, a private citizen may sue an individual or a business that is defrauding the government to recover funds on the government’s behalf. The whistleblower lawsuit is filed “under seal,” meaning that it is kept secret from everyone but the government to give the Justice Department time to investigate the allegations. Even the person or entity being accused of fraud is not told about the qui tam case. The whistleblower lawsuit and supporting documents must provide the government with detailed information about the fraud.
How do Qui Tam or Whistleblower Lawsuits work?
The government investigates the allegations, often with the assistance of the whistleblower’s attorney, and decides whether it will intervene in the case. The government intervenes in only a small percentage of whistleblower lawsuits. The False Claims Act states that a qui tam case will be sealed for sixty days, but courts generally extend the seal multiple times to give the government enough time to investigate the allegations to decide whether to join the case.
How Successful are Whistleblower Lawsuits?
Defendants found liable under the False Claims Act may have to pay as much as three times the government’s losses plus penalties for each false claim.
If you act as a whistleblower under the False Claims Act, you may be entitled to a reward. The reward depends on many factors, but may range from fifteen percent to twenty-five percent of the recovery if the government intervenes, and between twenty-five and thirty percent of the recovery if the government does not intervene.
Medicare & Medicaid Whistleblowers
We know that it can be difficult to blow the whistle on fraud or improper practices especially when it comes to Medicare or Medicaid.
You can be assured, however, that the Medicare & Medicaid whistleblower lawyers at Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman will be in your corner 100% of the way. Our experienced and skilled attorneys have helped win approximately one billion dollars for our clients.
You should also know that your situation is more common than you might think. People around the country find themselves hiring
Medicare or Medicaid whistleblower attorneys for “qui tam” lawsuits each and every year. If you have any questions at all about whether the facts you’ve uncovered would entitle you to recover an amount in a whistleblower case, reach out to us today.
Qui Tam Lawsuit in New Jersey
If you have a claim of fraud or improper practices which have affected the government, contact the New Jersey law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, and one of our whistleblower attorneys will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your potential qui tam claim.