Qui Tam Lawyers Washington, DC
If you have learned about an individual or corporation that is fraudulently using government funds or one that has done this in the past, it may be in your best interest to discuss your situation with a team of qui tam lawyers in Washington, DC that have successfully defended the rights of whistleblowers in the past.
Qui Tam Lawyers
Qui tam comes from a Latin phrase qui tam pro domino rege quam prose ipso in hac parte sequitur. It (roughly) means, “[He] who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself.” A qui tam action is a lawsuit that is brought by a private citizen against an individual or entity such as a company or corporation, that has cheated or committed fraud towards the government. If an individual or entity violates the law while performing a contract with the government, a person who discovers this may be able to file a lawsuit with the help of Washington, DC qui tam lawyers in order to try to recover losses caused by this government fraud.
Qui Tam Lawyers Compared to Whistleblower Lawyers
A whistleblower is someone who calls out an employer or other powerful entity for doing wrong. In this sense, even though a whistleblower doesn’t actually blow a whistle, their actions create a somewhat similar situation as one to a referee in a sports game blowing a whistle when a player does something wrong, or to a law enforcement officer blowing a whistle to try to aid in the stopping of a crime they are witnessing.
A qui tam is a type of litigation that involves a whistleblower that files a lawsuit against an individual or corporation that has cheated a government agency or entity and/or fraudulently misappropriated government funds. When an individual files a qui tam claim with the help of Washington, DC lawyers, they are blowing the whistle on another party for doing wrong, specifically toward the government.
A whistleblower is a broad term that encompasses qui tam actions. Whistleblower refers to someone who is calling out an employer or other powerful entity for doing something wrong. While the term whistleblower can be referring to someone making a qui tam claim, they can be calling out entities that have wronged a party or parties that have nothing to do with the government.
Rights of Qui Tam Whistleblowers
If you have blown the whistle on a party that has specifically been cheating the government or committing fraud towards it, you may find it valuable to discuss your situation with Washington, DC lawyers that are experienced with successfully protecting the rights of qui tam whistleblowers.
When a qui tam whistleblower’s actions become known to others, they often have to deal with harassment, discrimination, retaliation, demotion and/or dismissal, to name just a few of the common challenges they face. A whistleblower is supposed to be protected from retaliation. The sooner you have a good team of lawyers on your side, the sooner they may be able to start protecting your rights and preventing you from having to endure these types of challenges.
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