A Graphic View of How a Typical Case Unfolds

 

Whistleblower discovers misconduct in violation of the False Claims Act or similar State statutes

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Whistleblower contacts private attorney

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Whistleblower and attorney evaluate whether illegal conduct has occurred

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Whistleblower makes the decision to bring a Qui Tam action

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Whistleblower and attorney draft complaint, file it in Court under seal, and provide all evidence to the government

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The government investigates the allegations in the sealed complaint

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The government decides to intervene in the lawsuit

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Whistleblower and private attorney help the government prosecute the case

The government declines to intervene in the lawsuit

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Whistleblower and private attorney decide whether to prosecute the case themselves