Filing a Civil Lawsuit

If you know that an individual or corporation has committed fraud against the U.S. government, you are strongly encouraged to take legal action. Under the qui tam provision of the False Claims Act, any person may file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault party on behalf of the government, usually in exchange for a monetary reward. It may be intimidating to come forward and report wrongful actions against the government, but with the help of a skilled and knowledgeable qui tam attorney, you may be entitled to receive a significant portion of the recovered funds.

At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, our experienced legal team is well-versed in qui tam law and will work tirelessly to not only investigate your claim, but also guide you through every step of the process. Many people are wary about reporting fraud for fear of retaliation, but our goal is to help you seek justice and protect your right to do so. Contact us to discuss your case during a free and confidential consultation. Call (212) 986-7353 or complete an online email form to schedule your case evaluation.

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What is a Qui Tam Action?

"Qui tam" is derived from a Latin phrase that translates to "he who sues on behalf of the king as well as himself." Not unlike whistleblower laws, private citizens are urged to act as unofficial law enforcement to "blow the whistle" on illegal activity in exchange for a reward. By offering legal protection against retaliation and a financial incentive, qui tam gives private citizens the power to help the government maintain order while also rewarding those who bring fraud to light.

If you believe you may have evidence of fraud, please do not hesitate to contact the qui tam lawyers at WRSH to explore your legal rights and options.

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What Types of Cases are Filed as Qui Tam Actions?

The most common qui tam lawsuits generally involve false claims, including:

  • Providing a false bill or statement for unearned federal payment
  • Conspiring with another party to file a false claim
  • Falsifying receipts to the government for its own property
  • Falsifying statements to avoid paying debts or owed property to the government
  • Concealing or keeping government-owned property
  • Buying government-owned property through a third party

In recent years, qui tam cases have become more prevalent, particularly regarding government contracts, health care fraud, medical device fraud, and pharmaceutical fraud.

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What Protections are Offered to Whistleblowers?

Any person, known as a relator, may file a qui tam action in order to expose suspected government fraud, but in order to give individuals the freedom to come forward with evidence of fraud, there are several laws that protect against retaliation, particularly from employers. In many cases, an employee will have access to information within a company and unearth fraudulent actions, but out of fear of losing his or her job, the employee will not come forward. When an individual files a complaint under the Federal False Claims Act, he or she is ensured protection against reduction in pay, demotion, or other forms of discrimination in the workplace.

Consult an experienced qui tam attorney to learn more about the rights and protections available to you in the event of retaliation from the at-fault party in your qui tam lawsuit.

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Contact a New York Qui Tam Law Firm

If you decide to expose the illegal activities that you believe are happening at your workplace or elsewhere, be sure to speak with the qui tam lawsuit attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP to learn more about your potential case and the legal protections that you are owed. We can help you navigate the complex process of holding a fraudulent party accountable for wrongful actions against the government. Consult with a member of our accomplished legal team as soon as you can to ensure the success of your claim.

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