Whistleblower lawsuits are becoming more popular as citizens help disclose cases of fraud against the government. Nearly 1,000 whistleblower lawsuits were filed last year alone. Recoveries amounted to $2.9 billion with the whistleblowers themselves, receiving more than $300 million of that.
Examples of a whistleblower lawsuit would involve tax evasion, health care fraud involving Medicare or Medicaid, or government contractors who use illegal means such as kickbacks or bribes to win contracts.
Whistleblower suits are also known as qui tam lawsuits. Typically, a private individual who knows about fraud committed against the state or federal government brings a lawsuit on behalf of the government. If successful, the government recoups the amount of money, which it was defrauded and the whistle blower receives a portion of what is recovered, up to 30 percent.
The most famous whistleblower case took place in 2010, when pharmaceutical drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay $750 million to settle allegations that it knowingly sold unsafe pharmaceutical drugs. The whistleblower in that case received a $96 million dollar reward.
It is important to file whistleblower lawsuits as quickly as possible because the government uses a “first to file” approach, meaning that the first person that brings suit against an entity defrauding the government is entitled to the government reward.
The whistleblower attorneys at The Trapani Law Firm handle cases throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania on a contingency basis, meaning you will not pay unless you are financially compensated. We have offices located in Allentown, State College, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Scranton, and Pittsburgh for the convenience of our clients across the state.
The Trapani Law Firm understand the risks involved with a whistleblower lawsuit. Protecting your rights throughout the entire process is our first priority with any whistleblower suit.
Please contact a whistleblower lawyer at The Trapani Law Firm for a free consultation by calling (610) 351 – 2330 or contact us.
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