Whistleblower Claims

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Seeger Weiss has successfully represented whistleblowers in a wide array of matters, including cases that have resulted in multimillion dollar recoveries, several being among the first or largest of their kind.

Whistleblower claims can be made in a wide variety of areas including Medicaid and healthcare fraud, insurance fraud, securities and commodities trading, tax fraud, hazardous work conditions, and employment discrimination.

A whistleblower is usually a current or former employee who reports an employer’s suspected fraud or unlawful conduct.  Any type of employee may disclose information regarding possible wrongdoing, including full and part-time staff, contractors and subcontractors, service providers, interns and volunteers.  A whistleblower does not have to be personally affected by the potential fraud to file a claim.

A whistleblower claim may be brought against any type of business or organization, including healthcare providers, non-profit organizations, private and publicly-traded companies, federal, state and local government agencies, and public and private educational institutions.  A whistleblower claim may also relate to a third party, like a vendor, supplier, or customer.

Several laws provide whistleblowers with protection against retaliation, including the federal Whistleblower Protection Act.  Employers that discriminate, harass, fire or otherwise mistreat a whistleblower may be subject to legal action, and whistleblowers may be entitled to compensation for such retaliation.

Qui Tam

Qui Tam is a particular type of whistleblower claim in which a whistleblower (known as a “relator”) may be entitled to a share of the money a government entity recovers for fraud.

Under federal law (and the laws of many states and local governments), a private citizen with non-public or “inside” information about fraud on the government (for example, kick-back schemes, Medicaid fraud, etc.) can bring a “qui tam” lawsuit on behalf of the government.  The lawsuit is filed under seal.  The government then decides whether to take over the case.  If the government takes the case and obtains a judgment or settlement, the whistleblower/relator may be entitled to a percentage of the recovery, generally between 15% and 25% of the total amount recovered by the government.  If the government chooses not to take over the case, the whistleblower may still pursue the lawsuit and may be entitled to up to 30% of any recovery.

Examples:

  • Seeger Weiss represented the relator in a landmark healthcare fraud case brought against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for unlawful and misleading marketing of drugs.  That settled for more than $3 billion, one of the largest settlements of its kind at the time.

 

  • Seeger Weiss represented the two relators in a whistleblower case that resulted in the recovery of $125 million in connection with healthcare fraud orchestrated by pharmaceutical conglomerate Warner-Chilcott.  The settlement included $23.25 million recovered by the California Department of Insurance and was one of the first whistleblower cases ever to settle under California’s private insurance fraud law.

 

  • Seeger Weiss represented the relator in the first whistleblower case ever settled under New York’s tax fraud law.  New York State and the United States recovered nearly $9 million, combined, in connection with a longstanding tax fraud carried out by “tailor to the stars” Mohanbhai “Mohan” Ramchandani.

 

Seeger Weiss has significant experience in whistleblower and qui tam litigation, including former federal and state prosecutors able to present the case to government authorities to make sure the claims receive serious consideration and, when needed, navigate overlapping criminal law issues.

Seeger Weiss is committed to holding wrongdoers accountable, and to protecting conscientious whistleblowers who do the right thing.