A pharmaceutical company executive discovers that his employer is making unfounded claims about its new drug. An accountant at a major defense contractor notices that her company is regularly overcharging the government for airplane parts. A hospital administrator finds out that his medical staff is falsifying patient diagnoses in order to receive higher Medicare reimbursements.

These employees and many others like them are potential whistleblowers. A whistleblower is someone who has first-hand knowledge of illegal business activities — typically fraud and other types of false claims — and reports those activities to the government.

Under the federal False Claims Act, a whistleblower can file what is called a qui tam lawsuit against his employer. Such suits enable the government to recovered funds it is owed, and reward the whistleblower for reporting the abuses.

A qui tam suit is initially filed under seal, which means its existence is known only to the plaintiff, the plaintiff’s lawyers and the government. A case can remain sealed for months or years as the government builds its case against the defendant. If the evidence is sufficient to support the whistleblower’s allegations, the case will be unsealed at some point and proceed to trial or settlement.

Qui tam suits have helped the U.S. government recover billions of dollars in recent years, and resulted in multimillion-dollar payments to whistleblowers. Monetary rewards for whistleblowers typically range from 15 percent to 30 percent of the government’s total recovery.

If you believe your company is defrauding the government or involved in other illegal business practices, your first step should be to contact the whistleblower litigation attorneys at the Kendall Law Group. The process for filing a whistleblower suit is very specific, and requires the assistance and counsel of an experienced lawyer. We’ll prepare the best case possible to stop the illegal activity, recover the government’s lost funds and ensure that you are rewarded for your honesty.