One of the biggest incentives to file a qui tam—or whistleblower—lawsuit is the promise of receiving a portion of the money recovered by the government. By offering incentives to whistleblowers, the government can become privy to far more cases of potential fraud than it would otherwise learn about through its own investigations.
The biggest question for people who are aware of fraudulent activities at the government’s expense is often the amount of money they may be eligible to receive if their qui tam lawsuit is successful. That amount depends on two major factors:
If you have a potential qui tam case, your attorney will draft a letter called a relator’s statement that is designed to convince the government to intervene in the lawsuit. Government intervention in qui tam cases generally increases the odds of success, but it also reduces the amount of money you and your attorney can receive.
Per the False Claims Act, people who file qui tam lawsuits that receive government intervention may receive between 15 percent and 25 percent of the amount of money recovered in the case. Tennessee’s own False Claims Act increases that percentage to at least 25 percent and up to 33 percent for the person who files the qui tam lawsuit.
If the government doesn’t intervene, people who file qui tam lawsuits can recover 25 percent to 30 percent of the amount of money recovered in the case. In Tennessee, however, people who file qui tam lawsuits without government intervention may receive significantly more money, including a minimum of 35 percent of the recovered assets and a maximum of 50 percent.
The range of percentages offered by the government to whistleblowers and their attorneys depend on how much work and evidence those parties contribute to the case. Qui tam lawsuits which are presented to the government and supported with extensive evidence are more likely to both receive government intervention and a higher percentage of the recovered assets than lawsuits that require more initial work and analysis.
Filing a qui tam lawsuit not only stops fraudulent activity at the expense of the government and taxpayers like you, it also represents an opportunity for you to be rewarded for your information. However, it’s important that you make the most of this opportunity by presenting the information to the government the right way.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville qui tam attorneys know how to evaluate instances of government fraud to determine their chances of success in court. If we determine that your qui tam lawsuit has potential, we’ll work closely with you to gather, analyze, and present as much evidence as possible to the government to maximize your compensation and chances of success.
Don’t wait to blow the whistle on fraud you know is occurring at your workplace or among people you know. Get in touch with our legal team today. Just dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a confidential online consultation form to speak with our representatives right away.