As a whistleblower, you may be entitled to a percentage of the government’s recovery in your case, and you are protected by law from employer retaliation. At Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, our experienced whistleblower attorneys can help you understand the whistleblower process and your rights as a whistleblower.
Compensation for whistleblowers can be significant. The government may be able to impose damages against the fraudulent party up to three times the amount of fraud (referred to as treble damages), and as the whistleblower, you may be entitled to 15% to 30% of the total recovery. The percentage varies depending upon a number of factors, focusing primarily upon your assistance in the case.
First to File Requirement
Fast action is critical to your whistleblower claim.
The False Claims Act allows a person who obtains information regarding an individual or company making fraudulent or false claims to the federal government, or a state government, to bring lawsuits on behalf of the government against the companies committing the fraud.
There is a “first to file” rule that can prevent you from sharing in the recovery in a whistleblower case if another party files before you. As a result, if you are aware of government fraud and considering being a whistleblower, it is important to consult an attorney quickly. Do not discuss your case with anyone except your lawyer, as it reduces the chance that a third-party will take your information and be the first to file on the particular fraud at issue.
Retaliation Protection for Whistleblowers
Whistleblowers are protected from retaliation by their employers. Under the Federal False Claims Act, and many state acts, you can seek compensation for retaliatory actions taken against you because of your support or pursuit of a whistleblower case. You may be entitled to reinstatement, twice the amount of back pay owed, interest on back pay, reimbursement of litigation costs, reasonable attorneys' fees, and other special damages.
Do you have information about fraud against the government? Call our experienced whistleblower lawyers today at (757) 223-4536 for your free, confidential consultation. From our offices in Newport News, we welcome clients throughout Virginia and across the nation.