Will my name be revealed when the lawsuit is filed?
Whistleblower lawsuits are filed under seal in federal court. Your name is kept strictly confidential while your claim is being investigated by the Department of Justice.
Do I need to have specific documents or a certain type of evidence to file a claim?
Having actual physical evidence is very helpful, but not required. Cases can be built on detailed knowledge of the violations that took place.
Do I need to be a current or former employee of the company I am reporting?
No. While most whistleblowers typically are current or former employees, anyone with a strong understanding and knowledge of the fraud that occurred can file a claim. Contractors, industry experts, and industry insiders often file claims.
Is there a statute of limitations on my case?
All claims have a statute of limitations, or limit on the amount of time after an illegal act occurs that a lawsuit can be filed. As a rule, any fraud that happened more than 5 years ago is difficult to prove and may be beyond the statute of limitations for some states. The sooner you file a claim, the more likely you are to find evidence and succeed in your lawsuit.
How much money will I get?
Awards and settlements are based on the value of the information you provide, the timeliness of your report, the amount of money the government recovers, and other factors. Under the Fair Claims Act, whistleblowers may receive up to 30% of the money recovered. It is not unusual to receive life-changing amounts of money.
How much will my case cost?
All cases are filed on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront or out of pocket costs to you. This means that the lawyers will not be paid unless your case reaches a settlement. The law firm’s payment is deducted from your settlement.
How long will my case take?
Most cases take at least a couple years. There are several factors that affect the amount of time it takes; the amount and quality of the information you provide, the complexity of the fraud, and the amount of time it takes to get records, among other things.