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Resources for Whistleblowers: Places to Start

Whistleblower LawyerBecoming a whistleblower can feel overwhelming—as can researching all the possible aspects of your particular situation. Although we try our best at the Louthian Law Firm to distill what you need to know about whistleblowing into a series of articles on our site, sometimes you need to go to the source. Governmental, advocacy, and other web sites can give you the details you need to help you make certain decisions—or provide you with peace of mind. We hope our lists below will assist you in that regard.

On the other hand, perhaps you are someone who has a burning need to know everything you possibly can about whistleblowing and qui tam cases long before you commit yourself to that path. We understand that some people take great comfort in being as fully informed as possible. If that describes you, we hope that our lists below will at least serve as a starting point to supply you with all the information that you are looking for.

Of course, when you think you are ready to explore becoming a whistleblower, we at the Louthian Law Firm will be proud to help you.

U.S. Department of Justice Materials

Qui tam whistleblower cases are prosecuted by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ is one of the first places you should search when you are looking for general information about the False Claims Act (FCA), qui tam provisions, resolved cases (recoveries), and so forth. Much useful information can be gleaned from the DOJ’s site.

  • The Department of Justice’s main web page. Start here to look up anything you believe might be covered on the DOJ’s web site.
  • A primer on the False Claims Act. A detailed summary of the FCA—its history and provisions, its awards for relators, and what any bars to qui tam actions might be.
  • A brief summary of qui tam litigation. A concise rundown of the qui tam procedural aspects, including the government intervention process.
  • Whistleblower rights and protections (includes video). Information regarding your protections and rights as a whistleblower, from the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG-DOJ).
  • The DOJ’s press release archive. A searchable archive of DOJ whistleblower actions and other material. If you are looking for information regarding settled cases and recoveries, you can often find a press release about the matter in question. It can be one way to get a feel for how cases are settled, why they are settled, and what the award amounts can be for those who bring the case initially.

General Information Web Sites about Federal Whistleblowing and Fraud

This section covers web sites with information concerning a number of whistleblower fraud areas specific to the False Claims Act (FCA), the 2007 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, government contract rules, and procurement sites, among others. You will also find a listing of the contact information for all current 94 U.S. attorneys.

SEC, CFTC, Financial/Banking, and IRS Fraud

Securities fraud, commodity futures fraud, banking fraud (including mortgage fraud), and tax fraud are not covered under the False Claims Act. While the laws are similar to the FCA’s provisions, these areas of possible fraud and wrongdoing have separate laws and protections. This section provides links to information for whistleblowers and about fraud that involves the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Dodd-Frank Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Whistleblower Information Specific to Health Care Fraud

Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE fraud makes up a large percentage of all governmental fraud and therefore whistleblower activity. We have broken out information here regarding the reporting of health care fraud for these three federal programs.

Military/Department of Defense Contracts Fraud and Whistleblowing

The following two links can provide you with a good summary of defense contract whistleblowing and the available protections for contractors who decide to blow the whistle.

Miscellaneous Reports of Interest from the Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service has published three reports that might be of interest to anyone wanting to know more in general about whistleblower laws and protections.

Whistleblower Advocacy and Support

Here are resources for those who are thinking about blowing the whistle, who are involved in a case, or who just want to know more about the whistleblowing movement.

Closing Thoughts

We hope that this list of internet resources will give you some food for thought while filling in any knowledge gaps you might have when it comes to the False Claims Act, qui tam statutes, and related whistleblowing information.

Becoming a whistleblower is a worthy calling, but it can be a challenging path with much to learn. We hope that, should you believe you have actionable information, you will consider contacting the whistleblower lawyers at the Louthian Law Firm.

We use a wide array of tools and strategies when working with whistleblowers.

If you think you have the facts needed to bring a whistleblower case, the experienced whistleblower attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm can review your case and help you file the appropriate disclosure statement. Under some circumstances, the government will intervene, or join in your lawsuit.

Whistleblower Attorney Bert LouthianYour chances of succeeding are greater if your whistleblower claim is substantive, clear, and to the point. Because of this, meeting with a qualified whistleblower attorney can increase your chances of winning. The Louthian Law Firm can help you form your claim so that the government will be more inclined to intervene in your case; government intervention can sometimes increase the chances of recovering reward money. Even if the government decides not to intervene, it could still be a good idea to pursue your case without government involvement. Our strong support system can assist you through every step of the process.

For a free, confidential evaluation of your case, call the Louthian Law Firm today at 1-803-454-1200 or, if you prefer, you can fill out our online contact form.

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