Georgia Whistleblower Lawyers
Whistleblower Claims in Georgia
Whistleblowers are not just protected by state and federal laws, but they are also entitled to certain rights under the appropriate circumstances. If you have information about fraud, corruption, or other misconduct being committed against the state/federal government, you may be entitled to file a qui tam claim against the wrongdoing party.
Oftentimes, people are witness or obtain knowledge of wrongdoing, fraud, or other misconduct on the part of an employer, business, or other entity. Such a person has the right to file a claim on behalf of the government against the party allegedly having committed illegal or wrongful actions against the government. These lawsuits are commonly referred to as "whistleblower" claims because a third, uninvolved party "blows the whistle" on the illegal actions of another.
To discuss your particular situation with an attorney and find out if you may in fact qualify to file a claim, contact the Georgia whistleblower lawsuit attorneys at Grant Law Office at (404) 995-3955. We offer free case reviews and can help you understand your legal rights and options. The fact that you contact our firm regarding a potential whistleblower lawsuit is strictly confidential. You will not have to worry that the person or entity that you believe is committing fraud or abuse will find out that you consulted with a lawyer to discuss the potential case.
Qui Tam Lawsuits: The General Idea
While most civil lawsuits are brought against a defendant for causing injury, illness, or other direct harm to the person filing the suit, there is another case where a person may file a lawsuit against the misconduct of another where they are not personally affected. Such lawsuits are typically referred to as qui tam lawsuits, or whistleblower claims.
A person who brings a whistleblower or false claims lawsuit, also often referred to as a "relator," on behalf of the government against a party defrauding the government is entitled to receive a portion of any damages or settlement resulting from the lawsuit under the federal False Claims Act. Once a suit is filed, the government has the option to intervene. It is important to note, however, that the Act requires that a person bringing a qui tam action must do so with legal representation. Additional "requirements" must also be met in order to bring a legitimate whistleblower claim. For example, the person who brings a whistleblower claim must be considered an "original source" of the information. An "original source" is defined as a person who has information independent of and materially relevant to any publicly disclosed information.
Dedicated Legal Support in Atlanta to Help Achieve Success
A qui tam lawsuit is complicated and may be confusing, but this should not stop anyone from attempting to right a wrong that has been committed against the government and its citizens. If you believe you have information that can uncover and stop potential corruption, defrauding, or other misconduct against the government, the Atlanta whistleblower attorneys at Grant Law Office can help. With a free consultation, you can get the information you need to make an informed decision about taking legal action.