Filing a qui tam suit can put the relator at significant personal and professional discomfort. There are several possible consequences of your bringing a qui tam action against your former employer, such as:
These risks need to be balanced against the likelihood of winning the case, but you should know that qui tam suits often take years to resolve, and the results cannot be predicted.
The False Claims Act provides that the qui tam relator shall be awarded between 15 and 30 percent, depending on whether the government intervenes or not and several other factors. These factors include, but are not limited to:
Section 3730(h) of the False Claims Act prohibits an employer from retaliating against you for attempting to uncover or report fraud on the federal government. If retaliation does occur, you may also be awarded “all relief necessary to make the employee whole,” including reinstatement, back pay, two times the amount of back pay, litigation costs, and attorney fees.
There are limitations and pitfalls however:
There may be additional or alternative damages available to you under applicable state statute, common law, or other whistleblower statutes.
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