An employee with inside knowledge that their employer is defrauding the government may be eligible to file a whistleblower lawsuit and receive a financial award if successful. Below are the steps for filing a whistleblower lawsuit.
Confirm a Violation of the False Claim Act
It may seem axiomatic, but to receive a financial reward, the whistleblower must determine the specific violation of the FCA the company is committing. This could be cheating the government out of money by creating fake invoices for services not rendered or simply withholding money owed to the government.
If you are going to build a whistleblowers case and convince the government to intervene, you should begin collecting all evidence to support your claim. This includes documents, emails, voicemails, billing records, internal company memorandums, and even witness statements if others are willing to provide any knowledge they may have. A whistleblower attorney can guide you on what evidence is critical for your claim.
Hire an Experienced Whistleblower Attorney
Whistleblower litigation can be extremely complex, and thus it is imperative you consul an experienced and knowledge whistleblower Attorney. A qualified whistleblower can explain the entire process including the protections for whistleblowers which may make you feel more at ease about any apprehensions you may have about blowing the whistle. Your whistleblower attorney can assist you in determining the key evidence you need for your case. Thus, it is critical you hire an experienced Whistleblower attorney like Nashville whistleblower attorney Timothy L. Miles.
File a whistleblower lawsuit
The procedures required for filing a whistleblower lawsuit will depend on the relevant whistleblower reward program. For example, qui tam complaints are sealed, so the identities of the parties are anonymous and the defendant will not be alerted. The government has 60 days to review the claims in the complaint before the defendant is served. However, this period of investigation may be extended to months or even years.
Timothy L. Miles, Esq.
Timothy L. Miles is a nationally recognized shareholder rights attorney raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Miles was recentely selected by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM as a 2022 Top Ranked Lawyer, 2022 Top Rated Litigator. and a 2022 Elite Lawyer of the South. Mr. Miles also maintains the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating for both legal ability and ethics. Mr. Miles is a member of the prestigious Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers: The National Trial Lawyers Association, a superb rated attorney by Avvo, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Premier Lawyers of America (2019) and recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer, Recognizing Excellence in Securities Law, by Lawyers of Distinction (2019).
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