Qui Tam Lawsuits: Key Things to Know
If you are considering blowing the whistle on suspected fraud or other wrongdoing, here are four important things to know about getting a whistleblower reward by bringing a qui tam lawsuit.
Qui Tam Lawsuits Must be Filed Under Seal
-- This allows sensitive information to be presented to the government without becoming a public record.
Evidence Must be Presented in a Disclosure Statement
-- Disclosure statement contains the evidence in possession of the whistleblower.
Qui Tam Actions Must be Based on Non-Public Information
-- Qui tam claims brought under the False Claims Act should be based on non-public information.
First-to-File Rules Require Quick Effective Action
-- The FCA rewards only whistleblowers who are the first to bring new information to the government.
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