Whistleblower Laws Qui Tam

Qui tam is law terminology associated with whistleblower protection laws for individuals who inform the government about fraud or other corporation misdoings. The phrase is derived from the Latin expression ‘qui tam pro domino rege quam pro seipse’, which translates to ‘he who sues for the king as for himself’. In general a Qui tam lawsuit is filed by private individuals on behalf of the government in an attempt to prevent abuse of funding and finances.

Many people who are whistleblowers realize that they will often face retaliation and harsh consequences if the speak out against their employer. This generally causes most individuals who witness these types of illegal activities to remain silent. Fortunately, these laws are in place to protect the brave people who have the courage to stand up for what they believe in. These laws are strictly designed to encourage and compensate these individuals who have taken this incredible risk to protect their country.

While it might seem like a noble idea to report illegal corporate activities to the government, the thought of losing everything you have worked for is often to overwhelming. Without employment and financial security, reporting illegal business activities is often the last thing on an employee’s mind. The United States government recognizes this and stipulates that 10% of the punitive settlement will go to the person acting on behalf of the government and its citizens.

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