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What is a Whistleblower or “Qui Tam” Lawsuit?

By Heidi Culbertson

April 18, 2019   Colorado Blog

A “Whistleblower” is defined as a person who informs on an individual or a company engaged in an illicit activity. Ralph Nader, an American political activist, attorney, and consumer advocate is credited with coining the term in the 1970s. Qui tam comes from the Latin phrase meaning “[he] who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself.” A whistleblower or qui tam lawsuit is a legal action brought by a private individual against another person or an organization who is suspected of defrauding the U.S. government.

Qui tam cases are a formidable way for whistleblowers to assist the government to circumvent many types of fraudulent activity. Many high-profile companies and organizations have been publically exposed by whistleblowers over the years, and billions of dollars that were stolen from the government and the taxpayers have been recovered.  Watergate, Enron, and JPMorgan are a few of the most well-known qui tam cases.

If You Have Evidence of Fraud

If you currently possess non-public information concerning fraud or wrongdoing against the U.S. government, and you are considering bringing this information to light, Burg Simpson can provide you with a secure, and private setting to discuss your concerns, your rights, and the potential for recovery. Before you take action that will allow this information to become public knowledge, it is imperative that you first seek the advice of an experienced and qualified lawyer.  Burg Simpson offers a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights, and protect you from retaliation. Call us now at 303-792-5595.

Filing a Whistleblower or Qui Tam Lawsuit

Navigating the complexities of a qui tam lawsuit requires a delicate balance. These legal actions are inherently complicated and will require an in-depth investigation followed by the presentation of evidence of fraud to the government. This process is best handled by a highly experienced lawyer with the experience, resources, and reputation necessary to secure a verdict.  Allow the Colorado commercial litigation lawyers at Burg Simpson protect your rights and your privacy while we seek to ensure that wrong is righted and justice prevails.

Schedule a Private and Confidential Meeting with Burg Simpson

If you have non-public information about a fraud against the U.S. Government, call Burg Simpson to speak with an experienced, qualified attorney before you take action. We will discuss your potential for compensation and how we can protect your rights. Your consultation with us will be private, secure, and confidential.

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