Whistleblowers (known as “relators”) are awarded a percentage of the money recovered by the government in a qui tam lawsuit. Phillips & Cohen has earned their clients more than $1 billion in whistleblower rewards.

The False Claims Act guarantees a rewards for whistleblowers, while the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have their own whistleblower reward programs. However a reward is delivered, it is a percentage of the amount recovered by the government.

Whistleblower rewards under the False Claims Act:

  • The relator is entitled to a reward of 15 percent to 25 percent of what the government recovers, if the government joins the qui tam case.
  • If the government declines to join the qui tam lawsuit and the whistleblower proceeds against the defendant anyway, the relator is entitled to a reward of 25 percent to 30 percent of the recovery.
  • The actual whistleblower reward depends on many factors, including the quality and detail of the work done on the case by the whistleblower’s lawyer.

Under the False Claims Act, the government may recover up to three times the amount of money it lost as a result of the defendant’s fraud. In cases that settle before trial, the settlement is typically less than three times the loss.

The reward for the relator, or whistleblower, is calculated based upon the amount the government recovers, rather than the amount the government lost. Because a whistleblower reward is determined by the contributions to the qui tam case made by the whistleblower and his or her attorney(s), individuals who are considering filing a qui tam lawsuit should carefully consider their decision about whom to hire as their lawyers. See “Pitfalls to avoid” for points to consider before filing a qui tam lawsuit.

Whistleblower rewards under the SEC whistleblower reward program:

  • The relator is entitled to a reward of 10 percent to 30 percent of what the government recovers, if the SEC recovers more than $1 million.

For more information about the program, visit our SEC whistleblower reward program page.

Whistleblower rewards under the CFTC whistleblower reward program:

  • The relator is entitled to a reward of 10 percent to 30 percent of what the government recovers, if the CFTC recovers more than $1 million.

To learn more about the CFTC’s whistleblower rewards, visit our CFTC whistleblower program page.

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