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David TeSelle Discusses Qui Tam Lawsuits

By Burg Simpson
June 18, 2020
3 min read

David K. TeSelle is a trial lawyer and co-practice group leader with  Burg Simpson’s business and commercial litigation department

“Do you have confidential information about a company who is cheating the state or federal government out of money, leaving the American taxpayer holding the bag? If so, there is something you can do about it, and you may be entitled to a portion of whatever is recovered.

Qui Tam or “Whistleblower” lawsuits have made headlines in our national media for decades. A qui tam, or whistleblower 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 create a formidable way for the whistleblower to assist the government to circumvent fraudulent activity. Qui Tam actions have exposed this kind of conduct by many individuals and organizations have and recovered billions of dollars that were stolen from the government through over-charges or charges for services/goods that were not actually provided.

However, the whistleblower must beware because these cases are not easy. There are many things to consider in confidence with your lawyers before taking such action. Navigating the complexities of a qui tam lawsuit requires a delicate balance. Taking such action often results in retaliatory conduct by the wrongdoer, who may be your current or former employer. There are laws and protections in place, but you need to be careful to ensure you are protected.

These legal actions are inherently complicated and require an in-depth investigation followed by the presentation of evidence of fraud to the government. This process is best handled by highly experienced lawyers with the experience, resources, and reputation necessary to secure a verdict.

We will meet with you, keep your information in confidence and help you decide if a Qui Tam action is right for you.

If you have non-public information about a fraud against the 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 privacy and your rights and fight to ensure that those who cheat the American taxpayer are held to account and justice prevails.”

About David K. TeSelle

Mr. TeSelleis a Colorado and Arizona licensed attorney who has successfully tried numerous cases to jury verdicts in both state and federal court, as well as private arbitration.  Mr. TeSelle was a lead counsel in 2019 on one of the largest personal injury jury verdicts in Arizona history ($58.5 million). He has also successfully battled the largest banks in the world including in litigation related to the 2008 economic collapse (the so-called “Big Short” cases) and regularly represents numerous plaintiffs in large class action and mass tort actions against corporate bad actors, large and small. Mr. TeSelle has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and his focus is on complex trial litigation. Mr. TeSelle has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients.


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