What to do if you think you may have a qui tam (whistleblower) case
If you are aware of any person, corporation or entity that you think may be violating the Federal False Claims Act or a State False Claims Act, you should contact an attorney who can assist you in evaluating your potential claim.
Be careful not to discuss the matter with anyone other than an attorney. A potential relator can face a number of major obstacles to recovery, including, but not limited to:
- Public Disclosure Rule - If the allegations are somehow disclosed before a relator files suit, he or she could be precluded from any recovery;
- First to File Rule – Only the first relator to file a claim has the ability to share in the recovery. A subsequent relator may be precluded, even if he or she had equal or superior knowledge than the first relator;
- Statute of Limitations – The statute of limitations for filing a case under the Federal False Claims Act may be as short as six years. State False Claims Acts also can have different statutes of limitation. A statute of limitations is important because it establishes how far back in time a potential relator and the government may go in pursuing allegations of fraud.
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, the law firm that sponsors the False Claims Act Resource Center, would be glad to discuss your potential qui tam case with you. If you would like to speak with an attorney from Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, simply fill out this brief form so that we may know how to contact you and so that we may have some basic information about the potential case.
This form is submitted to us via an encrypted email. The internet, however, is by definition a public means of communication. As is the case with any encrypted email, total security and confidentiality can not be guaranteed. That is why we ask only for your contact information and some basic information about your potential case. If you would prefer not to contact us via email, please print out this form and mail it to us, or feel free to contact us via telephone at 215-320-6200.
Once you have completed this form, you can submit it to us by clicking the submit button below. You will receive a message back indicating that the form has been successfully submitted. Once we have reviewed your form, a member of our national qui tam whistleblower practice may contact you to discuss your allegations. We will then carefully consider your information, and may investigate certain facts or issues. We then thoroughly consider the factual and legal issues associated with your allegations, and carefully determine whether we can represent you. Whether or not we agree to represent you, we treat all information submitted to us by potential qui tam whistleblowers as privileged and confidential.
Please Be Advised
The information set forth on this web site should not be construed as legal advice. While we treat any information that is submitted to us as privileged and confidential, you should understand that when you provide information about a potential case to Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, we do not become your attorneys. With your permission, we may use your information to evaluate your allegations to determine whether we wish to represent you in bringing a case. But until we both sign a written retainer agreement, we do not represent you and have not agreed to do so.