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May 11, 2013 by |

Effect of Governmental Intervention on a Whistleblower Award

-ATTORNEY NEWSLETTER-

The False Claims Act is a step forward to reducing the waste of taxpayer dollars, aiming to impose liability on person and companies who defraud governmental programs. Relator (or whistle blower) is allowed to receive 50% of the proceeds of the lawsuit, including damages and penalties, given within the discretion of the judge and based on the extent of information he or she provided. However, if the government intervenes in a successful whistleblower lawsuit from the information publicly provided by the relator, he or she may be awarded less than 15% minimum. If the individual bringing the whistleblower lawsuit played a role in the fraud or the filing of false claims, his or her award for participating in ending the fraud may be reduced. If a whistleblower has been convicted of a crime based on the same facts that have given rise to the lawsuit, he or she may be dismissed from the case entirely.

            Evans Law Firm, Inc. have significant experience representing individuals in whistleblower protection cases and employment discrimination matters. You may reach us at info@evanslaw.com, or by phone at (888) 503-8267 or (415) 441-8669.

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