Qui tam is sometimes referred to as whistleblower law because it is a private person or entity bringing action against the government for fraud. The False Claims Act has a very detailed process for the filing and pursuit of these claims. The qui tam relator (person bringing the claim) must be represented by an attorney. The qui tam complaint must, by law, be filed under seal, which means that all records relating to the case must be kept on a secret docket by the Clerk of the Court. The investigation will often involve specific investigative techniques, including subpoenas for documents or electronic records, witness interviews, compelled oral testimony from one or more individuals or organizations, and consultations with experts. If you have evidence or information regarding a possible qui tam, contact a lawyer to determine if you have sufficient evidence to file a lawsuit and how best to continue.


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