August 01, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC – The article, “The False Claims Act: A Weapon Often Overlooked,” says other points to consider are the amount of experience with qui tam whistleblower cases and whether the whistleblower’s lawyer has the resources to pursue the case. Qui tam cases can be very expensive, particularly if experts are needed to conduct analyses or additional investigations to substantiate a client’s allegations.
“The relator’s lawyer shouldn’t expect that the government will do all of the work once a case is filed.”
“Such an approach likely will mean the case won’t go anywhere and eventually will be dismissed.”
Qui tam cases offer whistleblowers the potential for financial rewards but also satisfaction at doing the right thing.
“The most common False Claims Act whistleblowers are deeply troubled by the wrongdoing, and they bring their cases not primarily for a substantial reward, but because they want the fraud to end.” “The potential to stop such wrongful practices alone may make them worth pursuing.”
For more information about Phillips & Cohen’s record, see P&C’s Successful Whistleblower Cases.