Complex Civil Litigation
Qui Tam & ARRA Action

Flowood Qui Tam & ARRA Action Attorneys

Handling Whistleblower Cases for Clients throughout Mississippi

Under federal and state law, people who step forward to expose illegal activity on the part of businesses, municipalities, contractors, or private foundations are protected from retaliation and persecution. In a qui tam whistleblower case, an employee steps forward with knowledge that his or her employer is defrauding the federal government. In most qui tam cases, accounting fraud is hidden by keeping two or more books or upcoding and bundling when healthcare fraud is involved. If a whistleblower’s testimony is instrumental in convicting an employer of fraud, he or she is compensated with a percentage of any recovered funds.

In federal cases involving defrauding the government, whistleblowers who cooperate with federal prosecutors are eligible to receive a portion of what the federal government recovers in its case against an employer. Additionally, under legislation passed by the Obama administration, whistleblowers now have more protections against harassment and intimidation than in the past.

An important part of cooperating with the authorities, however, is understanding and protecting your rights and prerogatives. Our Flowood Qui Tam attorneys at Shelton Davis, PLLC can ensure your legal interests are protected, taking steps to prevent you from being used by federal investigators who may not provide enough support or protection. Call us today at (601) 228-3166.

Whistleblowers – Fraud, Criminal Activity & Safety Violations

Illegal activity on the part of private corporations, contractors, public entities, non-profit organizations, and medical providers are subject to whistleblower laws and protections.

At Shelton Davis, PLLC, our Flowood whistleblower defense attorneys represent clients in cases involving:

  • Real estate fraud
  • Medicare fraud
  • Medicaid fraud
  • Illegal dumping of toxic waste or hazardous materials
  • Sunshine Act violations
  • Bid rigging
  • OSHA and other safety violations
  • Kickbacks from public works projects
  • Over-billing of the government
  • Food safety violations

Federal Whistleblower Claims & Lawsuits Under the False Claims Act

Under a federal law known as the False Claims Act, if you are aware of instances where your employer or someone you know filed a false claim to receive benefits from the federal government, you can file a lawsuit and receive a portion of the amount by which the federal government was defrauded. Such a lawsuit is known as a “qui tam” or “whistleblower” action.

There are, however, specific requirements that must be met before you receive any compensation:

  • You must show that the federal government was defrauded. This must take the form of a request for payment for goods or services that were either not delivered, or that the party seeking payment was not entitled to receive. In addition, the federal government must have made payment on the false claim.
  • Under the statute, the party defrauding the government must have acted with knowledge of the false statement, with reckless disregard for the accuracy of a statement, or with deliberate indifference to the truth.
  • You must have actual knowledge that a fraud was committed. It is not enough that you have a suspicion.
  • The knowledge you have must have come from a private source. You cannot file a claim for something you learned in a public forum.
  • You must also file your claim under the False Claims Act within a specified time of your discovery of the fraud.

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Under ARRA, employees who informally or formally a complaint with a supervisor or company representative regarding illegal activity, safety violations, fraud, or waste are afforded whistleblower protections. If a whistleblower is being harassed as a result of stepping forward, they only need to establish their role as a whistleblower as a factor in their being discriminated against or intimidated. As a consequence, employers are subject to a higher standard of liability and proof should allegations of retaliation arise after a whistleblower steps forward. Here, ARRA makes it simpler for whistleblowers to recover damages when retaliation plays a factor in their case.

We Can Help You Protect Your Rights to Disclose Wrongful Conduct by Your Employer

At Shelton Davis, PLLC, our Flowood attorneys bring more than 30 years of combined legal experience to every case we take. We are first and foremost trial attorneys, with the skill, knowledge, and experience to handle even the most complex legal issues, including federal whistleblower/qui tam actions. David Shelton and Rick Davis have extensive experience as lead counsel in complex civil cases, often lasting weeks.

Though we have significant trial experience, we try to avoid the time and expense of a trial when that is in the best interest of our clients. As a consequence, we painstakingly prepare every case, so that opposing counsel understands the risks associated with trial.

The Experience You Need | The Answers You Seek | The Results You Want

Protecting your rights when you step forward as a whistleblower is essential to the successful resolution of your case. Our Flowood whistleblower attorneys protect your rights in the workplace as well as when interacting with federal and state investigators. To discuss your case and learn how we can help you, contact Shelton Davis, PLLC today.

Call us at (601) 228-3166 to set up a meeting. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation.

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