Nationally Recognized Whistleblowing Attorney
When exposing fraud in qui tam and federal False Claims Act cases, you can never be too careful. There are real dangers for people who do not know how to handle these types of cases properly.
At Cross Law Firm, S.C., we understand that you are standing up for what is right. Our law firm is nationally recognized for our ability to protect whistleblowers against retaliation while obtaining substantial recoveries on their behalves. We frequently receive referrals from relators and other law firms across the country.
Take Action Immediately — Call Us ASAP
Time is of the essence in all whistleblower cases. Do not hesitate to contact our firm immediately so we can begin protecting your rights and pursuing appropriate action. The last thing we want is for you to miss your chance for substantial compensation.
We have recovered well over $100 million in qui tam cases, as well as many other past successes.
Qui Tam Actions and the First-to-File Rule
Our firm has a particular focus on government contracts and government programs such as Medicaid/Medicare, defense, education, procurement, imports, and construction where the Federal False Claims Act may be involved. If you feel that a company is defrauding the federal government or a state, we will need to file your concerns under seal on behalf of the government and represent you to obtain the maximum recovery for pursuing such claims against fraud in federal court. We also handle whistleblower cases that involve the IRS or the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The “first-to-file” jurisdictional rule in False Claims Act cases means that you should call our office immediately when you learn of any fraud related to government payments such as false billing, demands for reimbursements, procurement, grants and loans, FDA approvals, DEA regulations or other government contracts. This includes false records and reports supporting such fraudulent payment demands.
Worried That You Were Involved?
Our lawyers can also help even if you feel as though you may have had a part in your company’s wrongful actions. The law encourages people to come forward to point out illegal activity and provides certain protections for those who do. In some cases, you will have less liability for fraud if you come forward and file.
Answering Common Whistleblower Questions
Whistleblowing is one of the most complex areas of the law. To help you understand how these cases work, we have provided answers to five of the most common whistleblower questions below.
How do I know if I have a whistleblower claim?
Is your employer committing fraud that is costing the government money, violating securities or commodities laws, or jeopardizing the safety of patients or the general public? Then you may very well have a whistleblower claim.
Be aware that a whistleblower claim is unlikely to be successful based on suspicion alone. Evidence will strengthen the case. Make note of all the facts. At Cross Law Firm, S.C., our lawyers can help you determine whether you have a case and help you move forward.
Can I be fired for blowing the whistle on my employer?
Terminating an employee for blowing the whistle is against the law. However, you have likely determined your employer has few qualms with breaking the law, so it is worthwhile to take steps to protect yourself. Our attorneys can help you file a whistleblower claim properly and under seal, doing everything possible to protect your career.
How much money can I get for filing a whistleblower claim?
This depends on the type of fraud or wrongdoing the employer has committed. It is not unusual for these claims to reveal an employer has essentially falsely obtained multimillions of dollars. The whistleblower stands to get a percentage of the money recovered by the government. Our clients have received millions of dollars as their whistleblower or “relator” share of the proceeds obtained for the government. Justice is often well-rewarded, and we take care to advocate for the maximum whistleblower share so you get everything you deserve.
How long will the process take?
This depends on the specifics of the case. While we strive for efficiency, it is important to us that we are thorough, and the full extent of the fraud or wrongdoing is unveiled. Your employer may have been doing this for many years. Likewise, it may take time to build a strong claim, yet the first-to-file rule requires filing as soon as possible. We will protect you through every step of the process.
What’s the difference between whistleblowing, qui tam and the False Claims Act?
You have likely discovered the wide array of terms used in these cases. Whistleblowing is the umbrella term used to describe reporting any act of wrongdoing on the part of a company. Qui tam refers specifically to whistleblower claims filed under the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act specifically addresses claims of fraud or misconduct with government funds.
There is also the Dodd-Frank Act, which covers securities and commodities violations. Furthermore, there are many industry-specific laws and whistleblower rules.
Why Call a Whistleblowing Attorney? We Can Help You Protect Your Livelihood – Call Today
While our employment law practice is based in Wisconsin, whistleblower litigation takes us to federal courts nationwide.
As an employee or professional, you should contact one of our attorneys before proceeding with any type of whistleblower action. Call 414-616-3229 to learn how we can assist. We have worked with clients throughout the U.S. and welcome the opportunity to review your situation.