Emporia, VA Whistleblower Lawyer & False Claims Act/Qui Tam Attorney
At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we have significant experience in whistleblower representation under the federal False Claims Act. This Act allows whistleblowers to initiate litigation on behalf of (and in connection with) the United States government against companies, individuals, and others who have perpetuated fraud against the United States.
If you are aware of fraud against the federal government, we invite you to contact our firm to learn about how fraud can be exposed, and the types of compensation to which you may receive as a whistleblower. In general, federal (and some state) statutes specify that whistleblowers may be eligible to receive a payment from 15% to 30% of the amount recovered by the government, depending upon the nature of a case. Because False Claims Act cases often involve millions of dollars, payments to those exposing fraud can be substantial.
If you are interested in reporting fraud or need protection from whistleblower retaliation, we invite you to call our office to schedule a free consultation with Emporia whistleblower attorney Mark Hurt.
What Is The Likelihood of Winning A False Claims Act Lawsuit?
The stakes in False Claim Act lawsuits are often high; therefore, defendants often retain large, powerful defense firms to represent them. Defendants in False Claims Act cases will almost always fight vigorously to avoid fraud charges; thus even cases with good facts and evidence can be difficult to win.
As a result, if you are aware of fraud against the government, it will be helpful to have an experienced False Claims Act lawyer on your side, such as Emporia whistleblower attorney Mark Hurt. Mark has received millions of dollars for the federal government, and hundreds of thousands of dollars for whistleblowers.
Before making a decision about which law firm you trust to protect your interests as a whistleblower, we invite you to contact our firm for a free case evaluation.
What Type of Reward Can I Recover Under A False Claims Act Lawsuit?
The amount of a whistleblower reward depends upon the type of case and the statute under which the case is made. For instance, a number of governmental entities (like the IRS) have specific programs for reporting fraud and for compensating whistleblowers.
Under the False Claims Act, a whistleblower may receive a reward of 15% to 25% of what the government recovers (if the government joins the case) and up to 30% of the recovery (if the government declines to join the lawsuit and the whistleblower’s lawyer prosecutes the case).
The actual reward paid often depends on several factors, such as:
- The extent and detail of the information provided by a whistleblower;
- Whether the fraud involved a safety issue; and
- The quality and amount of assistance provided by the whistleblower (and his or her attorney).
Rewards are usually calculated based upon the amount the government recovers, instead of the amount lost. Under the Act, trebled damages may be recovered, meaning the government can recover up to three times the amount of money it lost to the fraud.
Federal and State Laws Are Designed to Protect Corporate Whistleblowers From Retaliation.
State and federal anti-retaliation and whistleblower laws are designed to protect employees who report misconduct or legal violations committed by employers. These protections generally include prohibitions against matters such as demotion and termination, which often occur in connection with whistleblowing (even despite the anti-retaliation laws).
If you feel that you experienced retaliation after reporting wrongdoing, we invite you to contact our firm immediately to schedule a free consultation. Additionally, at the outset when we learn about your case, we can explain the types of retaliatory action that may be illegal so that you will understand your rights as a whistleblower.
Is All Whistleblowing Legally Protected by Retaliation Laws?
Retaliation laws do not protect all types of whistleblowing complaints. Instead, only certain categories of complaints are protected (the exact types of protections depend upon various state and federal regulations). As a consequence, we urge potential whistleblowers to contact our firm for a free case evaluation so that we can determine it the applicable retaliatory protection laws may apply.
What Happens if I’m Fired for Whistleblowing?
Depending on the facts of your case, if you suffered illegal retaliation for whistleblowing, as an Emporia, VA whistleblower lawyer, attorney Mark Hurt can seek full compensation for you against your employer for illegal retaliatory firing or other wrongful action. You may be entitled to damages including lost pay, future economic harm, damage to reputation, and potentially punitive damages to punish the company for their wrongful conduct.
Schedule A Free Consultation to Learn More About Your Legal Options Under the False Claims Act and Other Whistleblowing Statutes.
Reporting fraud or illegal conduct takes an immense amount of courage. However, as an experienced Emporia whistleblower lawyer, Mark Hurt can tenaciously assist in reporting fraud and seeking for you the full compensation to which you may be entitled as a whistleblower.
If you are aware of fraud or wrongdoing, we invite you to call our office today to schedule a free consultation and to learn about your options.
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