- Why Do False Claims Laws Matter?
- What’s a “False” Claim?
- Who Can File an FCA Case?
- How are Qui Tam Cases Filed?
- Why Are Whistleblower Cases Filed Under Seal?
- How Long Do Cases Stay Under Seal?
- What Happens While a Case is Under Seal?
- What Happens Once the Government Finishes Its Investigation?
- What’s the Difference Between “Intervened” and “Declined” Cases?
- What Happens if the Government Declines to Intervene?
- When Does the Defendant Find Out That I’m The Whistleblower?
- What are the Penalties for FCA Violations?
- If My Case is Successful, What’s My Share of the Recovery?
- I’d Like to Read the Federal False Claims Act for Myself, Can I Get a Copy?
- Which States Have False Claims Laws?
If My Case is Successful, What’s My Share of the Recovery?
The False Claims Act stipulates that successful whistleblowers are entitled to receive between 15 and 25 percent of the funds recovered through a settlement or a trial if the government has intervened in the case and 25 to 30 percent if the government has not intervened. This entitlement is called the “relator’s share.” The difference between 15 and 25 percent, or between 25 and 30 percent, can be a lot of money. At the end of a successful case, the whistleblower and the government negotiate the precise percentage for the relator’s share. If they cannot agree, it can be decided by the court.