Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys
The False Claims Act gives individuals the opportunity to help stop fraud against the government by bringing a lawsuit on behalf of the government, called a qui tam lawsuit. Whistleblowers, also called “relators” are given job protection from retaliation, and are entitled to 15% to 25% of the recovery as a reward for taking action. The percentage that you receive depends on the work that your attorney performs, so it is very important that you choose carefully. If you know of or suspect fraud against the government, the experienced whistleblower claims attorneys of Reeves & Mestayer, PLLC, can help.
Filing a Whistleblower Claim
If you have evidence of fraud against the government and want to take action, the first thing to do is hire a skilled and experienced whistleblower claim attorney. Your attorney will file a qui tam lawsuit against the business or individual on your behalf. It is filed under seal, so that no one knows about the suit, not even the defendant, while the government investigates the claim.
After investigating your claim, the government decides whether or not to join your lawsuit. If it does, you can receive 15% to 25% of the money that is won. If not, you can continue on your own, with your attorney, suing on behalf of the government, and you can receive 25% to 30% of the recovery.
The government can recover up to three times the amount that it lost as a result of the fraud, plus penalties.
Because whistleblowers report fraud at great risk to their careers, the law provides protection from retaliation. This protection applies to employees, contractors, and agents. If you are discriminated against in retaliation for your whistleblower claim, you are entitled to compensation which can include twice your back pay plus interest, reinstatement, attorney’s fees and more.
If you are considering bringing a whistleblower claim anywhere in the U.S., Reeves & Mestayer, PLLC is here to help. Please, call us today at 228-374-5151 or toll free 1-855-558-2977 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation and learn more about what we can do for you.