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A whistleblower is a private citizen who brings charges against an individual (or entity) who is committing fraud against the United States government. These cases are called whistleblower cases because the person is "blowing the whistle" on someone knowingly defrauding the government. A whistleblower case is also called a qui tam action.
If you are aware of illegal or fraudulent activity going on in your workplace and are ready to file a lawsuit, it's vital to consult with experienced whistleblower lawyers to protect your rights. Many employers seek to retaliate against whistleblowers by terminating their jobs, reassigning them, or otherwise punishing them for their actions.
The Morgan & Morgan attorneys in Jacksonville are here for you when you are ready to step forward. We support and protect our qui tam clients and understand the bravery it takes to speak up. Start by filling out our free case evaluation today.
How Do I Know if I Have a Whistleblower Case?
A corporation or business entity might commit fraud against the government in many ways. Common offenders include government contractors, pharmaceutical or health care companies, or research foundations — institutions that rely on government money. Typically, they bill for products or services they never provide. You may also have a whistleblower case when you witness things like:
- Workplace safety violations
- Violations of environmental laws
- Medicare or Medicaid fraud
- Food safety violations
- Social Security fraud
If you believe you have cause to file a whistleblower case, you need an experienced Jacksonville attorney.
What is the False Claims Act?
Whistleblowers are protected under the federal False Claims Act and, in Florida, under the Florida False Claims Act. The False Claims Act prohibits anyone doing business with the government from doing the following:
- Submitting false or fraudulent claims for payment
- Making false statements of record to a fraudulent claim
- Making a reverse false claim, meaning underreporting an obligation to pay the government or keeping money from a government overpayment
- Conspiring to do any of the above
The False Claims Act allows any private citizen with knowledge of these activities to file a whistleblower claim against the business in court. A whistleblower attorney will help protect your rights and work with you to get your reward. Under the False Claims Act, whistleblowers are entitled to a percentage of the government's recovery.
Talk to Our Whistleblower Law Firm for Assistance
Our Jacksonville attorneys understand the courage it takes to step forward and point out injustice. We will listen to you, go through the details of your case, and stand by your side. We represent the people, and we are ready to protect your rights. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.