Qui tam is a Latin phrase that is used to describe lawsuits filed by individuals against corporations that are participating in fraud. These lawsuits are filed on behalf of the United States government and are used to recover money that was lost as a result of a corporation’s involvement in fraudulent activities.
The federal government and the state of Tennessee both allow and encourage qui tam lawsuits to help discourage businesses and government employees from engaging in fraud. To further incentivize private citizens to report fraud through qui tam lawsuits, people who file such lawsuits—often known as “whistleblowers”—receive a percentage of the money the government recovers at the conclusion of the lawsuit.
Qui tam and whistleblower lawsuits are most commonly seen both within government agencies as well as corporations that work closely with the government on contracts, such as:
Fraud can occur at any level of government agencies and anyone who notices such improprieties can file a lawsuit on behalf of the government to recover lost money, regardless of their position or standing within the company or agency.
The most important factor for filing a successful qui tam lawsuit is having credible evidence that fraud either took place or is currently taking place at the expense of the United States government. At Matt Hardin Law, we’ve reviewed many qui tam cases over the years, and we can help identify the evidence required to build and present a strong case on behalf of the government.
If you’re a government employee or an employee of a business that works closely with government agencies and you suspect fraudulent activities, the Nashville qui tam attorneys at Matt Hardin Law knows the ins-and-outs of these types of lawsuits, and we can review any evidence you’ve collected to determine the strength of your case.
When you contact us, you can count on our legal team to handle all communication with complete confidentiality and discretion. In addition, it’s important to note that you’re protected under state and federal laws from retaliation if you file a qui tam lawsuit and your identity is revealed during the course of legal action.
Don’t stay silent if you notice fraud occurring at the workplace. Get in touch with our attorneys today by dialing (615) 200-1111 or filling out a free online form.