- 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?
When Does the Defendant Find Out That I’m The Whistleblower?
Companies under investigation generally know they are under investigation. They may also suspect, or figure out, that the government’s investigation has been triggered by a whistleblower-led lawsuit and may be able to deduce who the whistleblower is. But until the seal is lifted, the government will not disclose the identity of the whistleblower, and neither may the whistleblower or his or her lawyers.