Qui Tam FAQs

Q. What is Qui-Tam?

A. Qui-tam is a type of lawsuit under the False Claims Act that allows individuals to bring lawsuits against other individuals or companies that have defrauded the state or federal government.

Q. What are typical types of fraud is the subject of qui-tam lawsuits?

A. Many types of potential fraud exist. Some examples include:

  • Healthcare fraud
  • Financial industry fraud
  • Defense contractor fraud
  • Government contract fraud

Q. Are Whistle-blowers compensated for filing qui-tam claims?

Yes. Both the government and the whistle-blower (called a "relator") recover under qui-tam lawsuits. Whistle-blowers are entitled to 15 to 30 percent of what the government recovers.

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