Many potential whistleblowers wonder whether they get paid for being a whistleblower. Whistleblowers are generally paid a reward when the government recovers money as a result of the information provided by the whistleblower.
The whistleblower reward varies depending on the whistleblower law which covers the particular government fraud in questions. For example, the whistleblower reward under the Internal Revenue Service’s whistleblower law differs from the whistleblower reward received under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower law.
In qui tam lawsuits under the civil False Claims Act, whistleblower rewards are a percentage of whatever the government recovers. This percentage is derived from the total amount recovered, which includes the federal False Claims Act penalties mentioned above.
There are two types of qui tam lawsuits.
The first is a government intervention qui tam lawsuit. In a government intervention case, the federal government assumes the primary role prosecuting the case on behalf of the federal government. Under the federal False Claims Act, Whistleblower rewards are 15% to 25% of the total recovery in government intervention cases.
The second type of qui tam lawsuit is a non-government intervention case. In a non-government intervention case, the government declines to assume a role litigating the case. If the government elects to intervene, the whistleblower and his or her whistleblower attorneys must decide whether to dismiss the case or litigate without the federal government. If a whistleblower decides to pursue a non-government intervention qui tam lawsuit, the whistleblower reward is between 25% and 30% of the total recovery.
The decision of whether or not the government will intervene is based on a variety of factors and is very important to the whistleblower’s lawsuit, as explained in more detail below.
No Fees Without Recovery
Ross M. Wolfe and the Weiser Law Firm litigate whistleblower lawsuits on a contingent fee basis, so whistleblowers do not pay attorneys’ fees or court costs unless there is a recovery.
Please contact the Law Offices of Ross M. Wolfe if you would like to speak with a whistleblower attorney for more information about the whistleblower process, whistleblower rewards or to schedule a free consultation to confidentially discuss your potential case.