The False Claims Act protects whistleblowers who report fraud against the government. Because most fraud goes unreported, the FCA encourages whistleblower to report fraud by allowing a whistleblower to receive percentage of any recovery.
When a whistleblower brings a claim, called a qui tam lawsuit, the whistleblower brings the claim on behalf of the government. Since the whistleblower represent the government, the law requires the whistleblower to be represent by counsel.
It is important to choose a lawyer with experienced in the False Claims Act. The FCA has specific rules and requirement that must be followed. If not, a whistleblower could be ineligible for an award.
For example, the Original Source Rule requires a whistleblower to be the original source of information to being a claim under the FCA.
If you are considering on becoming a whistleblower, contact Miller Law Group for a free consultation, or call 919-348-4361.