Fraudulent Business Practices in Columbia Lead to Qui Tam Lawsuits
Qui tam (pronounced “key tam”) is Latin for “who as well.” These lawsuits, brought forward by one plaintiff called a whistleblower, request that the federal government join as well, and potentially other whistleblowers, who have witnessed corruption within a specific business that violates a law or government contract.
Common whistleblower lawsuits involve antitrust violations, in which a business tries to become a monopoly; Medicaid and Medicare fraud lawsuits, in which a healthcare company lies about the cost of healthcare, or the type of healthcare provided, in order to receive federal money; and contractor fraud, which includes environmental and defense contractors, and involves the contractor lying about services provided, providing faulty equipment, failure to comply with local laws, or using kickbacks to receive favors.
Before Filing a Qui Tam Lawsuit in South Carolina
If you work for a government agency, work for a business that contracts with a government agency, or work for a business that receives state or federal money, you may have witnessed bad business practices or fraud, and you may not know what to do. Too many employees keep quiet in order to keep their jobs, especially in the wake of the recent Recession.
If you do choose to pursue action, and confront your employer, you are within your legal rights to do so. However, sometimes employers react poorly when they learn that employees have seen fraudulent business practices and will fire the employee that reports it. This is retaliation, and can be added to the indictment you file in your qui tam lawsuit. It is illegal for businesses to retaliate against employees who blow the whistle, whether the employee files a qui tam lawsuit or simply reports the fraud to a superior.
I Might Have Witnessed Fraud in the Work Place, Should I File a Qui Tam Lawsuit?
You may have experienced fraudulent business practices at your workplace, and believe you should file a qui tam lawsuit. This type of litigation takes years, in many cases, and is extremely complex. Do not go into complex litigation alone; contact a qui tam attorney for help.