Posted By: Reuben Guttman
Posted By: Reuben Guttman & Traci Buschner
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What is a Qui Tam?
In its simplest form, a Qui Tam law suit is brought by a citizen, known as a "relator" or whistleblower, against a company, person or entity, that he or she knows is cheating the federal or a state government in some way. Since the qui tam suit is brought in the name of the relator on behalf of the government, the government may actually join the case and litigate along side the relator's lawyers. Through this web site you can educate yourself on the process, the law, your rights and protection and contact a lawyer who can help advise you. You can also learn about other laws including those administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that allow whistleblowers to seek redress on behalf of the government.
Are You a Whistleblower?
If you have knowledge of conduct that in some way cheats the federal government or a state government, injures shareholders, or conceals the obligation to pay taxes, you may be in a position to help address this wrongful conduct through a whistleblower statute.
The following states now have False Claims Acts qui tam laws