A Whistleblower is an individual who exposes unethical or illegal behavior committed by another individual or organization. There are many federal and state laws that protect and reward whistleblowers for reporting illegal activity committed against the American public. Whistleblowers have been instrumental in exposing the financial crimes of corporations like Enron, Pfizer, Bank of America, and Boeing. They have also helped save lives in environmental fraud cases like the Flint water pollution scandal, and have revealed defense contractor fraud that may have endangered our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whistleblower laws promote the integrity of American industries by protecting and rewarding individuals who reveal corruption. Some of the world’s most powerful corporations have committed fraud time and again at the expense of the American public. Without the help of people committed to standing up for what’s right, much of that fraud would likely go undiscovered.
COMMON WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIMS
- ILLEGAL KICKBACKS
- OFF-LABEL MARKETING
- FDA REGULATION VIOLATIONS
- MEDICARE FRAUD
- FINANCIAL FRAUD CLAIMS INVOLVING THE DODD-FRANK ACT
- CLAIMS THAT FALL UNDER THE IRS WHISTLEBLOWER REWARD PROGRAM
WHY BLOW THE WHISTLE?
Many acts of fraud committed against the government are left unreported. In most cases, whistleblowers are employees of the organization they seek to blow the whistle on, which may result in retribution or retaliatory acts. Fear of such whistleblower retaliation may be alleviated by knowing your rights. By stepping forward, a whistleblower may help to recover government losses on the government’s behalf while also sharing in the restitution. According to the Department of Justice, whistleblower lawsuits have resulted in over $14 billion in recovery for the United States since 1986. Under the False Claims Act, the Department of Justice is authorized to reward those who report fraud against the federal government in an amount of between 15 and 30 percent of what it recovers based upon the whistleblower’s report. The qui tam provision of the False Claims Act allows for damages of three times the amount the government lost, plus penalties of between $5,500 and $11,000 per false claim (e.g., per false representation made.) These provisions not only provide whistleblowers financial protection from retaliation but also create an enormous monetary incentive to come forward and inform an attorney about fraudulent and illegal acts committed against the government.
COMMON WHISTLEBLOWER INDUSTRIES
- PHARMACEUTICAL SALES
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS RELATED TO A WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIM?
If you or a loved one have been affected by industry fraud, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as possible. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, you can rest assured that should you choose to work with us, you will have legal representation that you can trust. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact Fulmer Sill at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation.