Whistleblower Lawsuit Information Center
If you are aware of a fraud against the government, the whistleblower lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP may be able to help you to bring this fraud to light. A number of federal, state and local whistleblower laws allow private citizens to file lawsuits against individuals or entities that have defrauded the government. The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also maintain whistleblower programs to encourage individuals to report tax or securities fraud directly to the agencies. In any of these scenarios, you will be entitled to a significant financial reward if your information results in a recovery by the government. In general, these whistleblower programs also allow individuals with knowledge of fraud or violations of the tax or securities laws to maintain their confidentiality, and they contain provisions that protect those who expose wrongdoing from employer retaliation.
If you are seeking to blow the whistle on fraud or a violation of the tax or securities laws, a whistleblower lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP can help you bring your case. Our Firm provides legal assistance to individuals who wish to pursue a whistleblower lawsuit under federal, state and local False Claims Acts. Our whistleblower attorneys can also represent you if you want to report fraud or a violation of the tax or securities laws to the IRS or SEC. For a free, confidential review of your whistleblower claim, simply give our office a call today.
False Claims Act Whistleblower Law
The federal False Claims Act is a whistleblower law that was enacted to encourage individuals to report fraud against the government, and to provide whistleblower protection to those citizens who seek to reveal such fraud. State and some local governments have also enacted similar whistleblower laws in order to achieve the same goals.
Under the federal False Claims Act, a private citizen (known as the relator) may file a whistleblower, or qui tam, lawsuit against any individual or entity that is defrauding the federal government. The Act prohibits retaliation against the whistleblower, and allows the relator to share in a portion of any recovery which results from blowing the whistle. Once a whistleblower lawsuit is filed, it remains sealed – allowing the relator to remain anonymous – while the government conducts its investigation. Whistleblower lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act can involve nearly any type of fraud against the government, including, but not limited to:
- Healthcare (Medicare and Medicaid) Fraud
- Contractor Fraud
- Defense Contractor Fraud
- Disaster Relief Fraud
- Construction and Procurement Fraud
- Environmental Fraud
- Agricultural Subsidies Fraud
Once the federal government investigates the allegations made in a whistleblower lawsuit, it may decide to join the case. When this occurs, the relator will be entitled to an award of 15%-to-25% of any recovery obtained by the government. If the government declines to join the qui tam lawsuit, the whistleblower may still pursue the case. If successful, the whistleblower would be entitled to a reward of 25%-to-30% of any recovery obtained on behalf of the government.
SEC Whistleblower Program
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Protection Act of 2010 established a new SEC whistleblower program that allows individuals to report violations of the federal securities laws, including, but not limited to:
- Public Company Misstatements
- Asset Management Fraud
- Market Abuse, Including Insider Trading and Broker Fraud
- Municipal Securities and Public Pension Fraud
- Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Among other things, SEC whistleblowers may be entitled to a significant financial reward if their submission results in a successful enforcement action. SEC whistleblower rewards range from 10%-to-30% of the government’s recovery, as long as the recovery exceeds $1 million.
Under this program, those who report securities fraud may retain their confidentiality and can blow the whistle anonymously if they are represented by a whistleblower attorney. The Dodd-Frank Act also provides that an employer may not fire, demote, suspend, threaten, harass, or discriminate against an SEC whistleblower, and provides for restitution for any individual who suffers such retaliation.
IRS Tax Whistleblower Program
The IRS whistleblower program was established by the Tax Relief and Health Act of 2006. Under the provisions of the Act, a whistleblower who provides information about tax fraud may receive a reward of 15%-to-30% of any recoveries made by the government because of that information. The types of conduct that may be reported under the IRS whistleblower program include:
- Tax Fraud
- Tax Evasion
- Filing Fraudulent Returns
- Underpayment of Taxes
- Use of Abusive Tax Shelters
- Recording Personal Expenses as Business Expenses
- Maintaining Two Sets of Books or Records
- Making False Entries in Books or Records
In order to be eligible for a reward, submissions made to the IRS under its whistleblower program must relate to tax fraud or tax underpayments that exceed $2 million (including penalties and interest), or an individual whose annual gross income exceeds $200,000.The whistleblower tax program also allows the whistleblower to maintain their confidentiality.
Learn More about Whistleblower Laws and Programs
If you are considering filing a whistleblower lawsuit under the federal False Claims Act, or any state or local whistleblower law, or if you would like to report violations of the tax laws or securities laws to the IRS or SEC, Bernstein Liebhard LLP can help. A whistleblower lawyer will guide you through the entire process, and work to ensure you receive all of the compensation and protection the law allows. For a confidential review of your case, please contact our Firm today by calling .
Since 1993, the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have collectively recovered more than $3 billion behalf of their clients and the classes they have represented. The Firm has been recognized for its commitment to plaintiffs in its designation to The National Law Journal’s ‘Plaintiffs’ Hot List’ every year for the past 12 consecutive years. Should you choose the whistleblower attorney practice group at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to represent you in your claim, you will have a highly experienced team of attorneys, paralegals and investigators on your side, all committed to earning you compensation for the risks you have taken to blow the whistle on fraud.