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Our experienced whistleblower lawyer advocates for the interests of people who blow the whistle on illegal and unethical activities.

WE HELP WHISTLEBLOWERS BE HEARD. Whistleblowers are people who come forward with information that uncovers wrongdoing. Most whistleblowers are current or former employees of the organizations or companies that commit the fraudulent acts. However, whistleblowers can be anyone who has substantive information about the fraud, including subcontractors, business competitors, customers, patients and others. This misconduct can involve fraud against federal and state governments, tax fraud, workplace safety violations, financial corruption or any other number of activities that are illegal or unethical. If you believe you have information about corrupt activities, our experienced whistleblower attorney at Louthian Law Firm, P.A. is available to review your case and stand with you to help root out corruption. Call us at (803) 454-1200 to learn more about how we can assist you. Our society benefits from whistleblowers who uncover wrongdoing and courageously expose it.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO BRING A WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIM. New whistleblower lawsuits are coming to light on a regular basis as more people continue to step forward. Under the False Claims Act, any person with sufficient evidence of fraud against federal programs or contracts can sue the wrongdoer on behalf of the United States government. In legal terms, this is called a qui tam lawsuit. Under some circumstances, the U.S. government may intervene and join in your whistleblower lawsuit, but even if the government declines to join, you may proceed on your own if there is enough evidence to warrant it. South Carolina also has a state whistleblower law in place that applies to public employees who report the misuse of public funds. When you blow the whistle, in addition to knowing that you did the right ethically, you will also receive part of the settlement money in a successful suit.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO IT ALONE. At Louthian Law Firm, we know how intimidating all the government forms, regulations, requirements, and deadlines can be in whistleblower cases. Not only that, the process of bringing a whistleblower lawsuit can take a long while and wear on you. It’s important that you secure the legal and emotional support and protection you need while the government and the courts take what can seem like an extraordinary amount of time to resolve each step of the process.

Bringing a whistleblower case is complicated and can even be frightening–there’s no getting around those facts. When you have bravely stepped forward, you need a knowledgeable support system by your side. Hiring the right whistleblower attorney and their team who will work tirelessly for you can be the best move you will ever make. At family-owned Louthian Law, P.A., our whistleblower law firm will stand by you every step of the way. Contact our whistleblower attorney at (803) 454-1200 for a free consultation.

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What You Need to Know About Making a Whistleblower Claim

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Right from the beginning, an experienced whistleblower attorney can help you determine whether you have enough hard evidence to bring a case. Substantive information is crucial in a whistleblower lawsuit, because, without it, you won’t get far. This evidence might be in the form of financial records, memos, emails and other documentation. Tape recordings may also be viable evidence depending upon how they were obtained. One of the many things you will have to demonstrate by your evidence is that the fraud was deliberate. Our whistleblower lawyers are skilled at carefully scrutinizing evidence to determine whether intent was involved. You can speak to a our whistleblower attorney at (803) 454-1200.

You may also need to establish such things as the extent of the fraud, how much taxpayer money was taken and other important facts. However, should you not have sufficient information, it’s not necessarily the end of the world. Your whistleblower attorney from Louthian Law Firm may be able to assist you in obtaining the information you need without tipping off your employer that an investigation is underway. (We point out that you should never do anything illegal or that would put you in danger in your pursuit of evidence.)

Our whistleblower lawyer will skillfully guide you through the fact-finding process.

Several issues may contribute to the matter of whether your case moves forward. In addition to the amount and substance of the evidence is the dollar value of the case, or how much the government can expect to gain from pursuing it. Sizeable monetary amounts will make your case more attractive. It also helps if the person, company or entity being sued under the False Claims Act has the resources to pay any money and fines that might be owed.

In a typical whistleblower lawsuit, the case is filed in the U.S. District Court, along with a written disclosure of the case’s material evidence that is in the whistleblower’s possession. The whistleblower’s identity is kept confidential during the early stages of the investigation, meaning that all disclosures are filed “under seal.” Once this is done, the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigates so they can decide whether the government will join the suit. The DOJ takes over the pursuit of the case should they decide to intervene.

The DOJ intervenes in about 25 percent of whistleblower suits and when they join, whistleblower lawsuits are won more than 90% of the time.

Statistics show that whistleblower cases that the Department of Justice does join are settled or won more than 90 percent of the time. The number of successful cases is not nearly as high without DOJ intervention—only about 20 percent result in settlements. For this reason, it is highly important to use a skilled whistleblower attorney who can help you present a powerful and convincing case that will persuade the government that it is in their best interests to join the suit.

Whistleblowers usually receive between 15 and 30 percent of a settlement or judgement in a successful case brought under the False Claims Act. Under South Carolina’s Employment Protection for Reports of Violations of State or Federal Law or Regulation whistleblowers who report wrongdoing that results in the saving of public funds may receive up to a maximum of $2,000.

At Louthian Law Firm, P.C., our seasoned whistleblower attorneys can aid you in building a compelling case by finding expert witnesses, creating persuasive exhibits, and helping you discover evidence.

Together, we can build the most airtight case that is possible. Call (803) 454-1200.

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Bert Louthian has been practicing law in Columbia with his father, Herb, since 1985. After receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina, Bert launched his legal career. With 80 years of legal experience between them, Louthian Law, P.A. remains family- owned and family-focused. Bert’s commitment to family extends beyond his immediate family, including wife and three children, to include an ongoing dedication to the families of Columbia and all of South Carolina. Read My Bio

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How can the Louthian Law firm in South Carolina help you improve you chance of success?

Your chances of succeeding are greater if your whistleblower claim is substantive, clear, and to the point. Because of this, working with our qualified whistleblower attorneys can increase your chances of winning. The Louthian Law Firm lawyers can help you form your claim in a way that will possible make the government more inclined to intervene in your case and potentially increase the chances of recovering settlement money. When the government gets involved in a whistleblower case, they may be able to recover even more evidence by subpoenaing information from the entity that you have accused of wrongdoing. Even if the government decides not to intervene, it may still be a good idea to pursue your case without government involvement.

What kind of evidence can be most beneficial to a successful whistleblower claim?

To have the best chance of success, in addition to showing intent to commit fraud and the extent and impact of the wrongdoing, your evidence should also show:
– What violation took place and when and where did it happen
– Is the wrongdoing still ongoing
– Who committed it and who else knew about it
– Exactly how was it committed
– How does it impact the government and taxpayers

How does our whistleblower law firm get paid for its work?

In virtually all whistleblower cases, attorneys only get paid if their clients win. If they lose the claim, the attorneys get nothing. It is known as working on contingency. We will never ask you to pay attorney fees up front in your whistleblower case.

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Making the decision to blow the whistle on an employer or other party is often daunting, even when you know you are doing the right thing. That is why it is so important when you are taking this courageous step to have a committed attorney on your side who will personally guide you through the process and be there to advise you should issues arise.

LOUTHIAN LAW FIRM PRIDES ITSELF ON DELIVERING HANDS-ON, PERSONALIZED SERVICE TO OUR CLIENTS.

When we take on your case, you can be assured that our seasoned attorneys will handle your matter from start to finish—you won’t be passed on to a less experienced assistant as is often the case at large law firms with hundreds of attorneys.

You are not just another case to us — when we are working with you, your case is our top priority. Call us today at (803) 454-1200.

Our Whistleblower Law Firm Is by Your Side Every Step of the Way

We not only help you build a strong claim, but we also guide you through the entire process.

Our strong support system and in-depth knowledge can assist you through every step of the process. Our whistleblower attorney will even explain legal terms surrounding whistleblower law to you so that you better understand what you hear and read during the process. For example, you may frequently hear the term relator. This word is simply the term for a whistleblower used in legal proceedings, so if you are a whistleblower you are also a relator.

Here are a few more legal terms that may be informative for you to know during the whistleblower claims process:

  • Declined case –- When a whistleblower case is declined, it means the government has decided, after an investigation, not to join the whistleblower in pursuing the legal action. The whistleblower then has the option to continue the case on their own.
  • Intervened case -- When the government intervenes in a whistleblower case it means the government has decided, after its investigation, to join the case and be the primary party that pursues the legal action.
  • Protected disclosure -- A protected disclosure is a formal statement made by a whistleblower who reveals any of the following in their statement: fraud, corruption, false claims against government funds, or public safety hazards.

Being a whistleblower can be rewarding, but it can also be a complicated process.
Our whistleblower law firm will ease the way forward.

We will help you build a successful claim. Our whistleblower attorneys understand the process and the requirements needed to build a successful claim. We understand not only what it takes to succeed in whistleblower cases, but also the challenges facing potential whistleblowers. We bring out extensive experience and knowledge of whistleblower claims to benefit our clients. If you have witnessed illegal or unethical activity and wish to come forward, contact our whistleblower lawyers. We are here to help.

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

You Are Protected from Retribution for Blowing the Whistle

Retaliation against whistleblowers is illegal.

The Whistleblower Protection Act was put in place in 1989 to protect employees and contractors of federal agencies who come forward with evidence of the following:

  • a violation of law, rule, or regulation
  • gross mismanagement
  • a gross waste of funds
  • an abuse of authority
  • a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety

While the Whistleblower Protection Act states that personnel actions or threats of such actions cannot be taken “against an employee or applicant for employment because of the employee or applicant’s protected whistleblowing,” retribution against whistleblowers, unfortunately, can and does occur all too frequently. This retaliation may come in the form of demotions, denial of promotions, changes in job responsibilities, disciplinary actions or even firings.

South Carolina law also protects public employee whistleblowers from retribution. It prohibits employers from dismissing, suspending, demoting or decreasing the compensation of whistleblower employees who file reports on alleged violations of federal or state statutes, laws, regulations or ordinances related to abuse or misuses of public funds.

If you are a protected whistleblower who has been retaliated against, our whistleblower law firm will work to uphold your rights.

Steps to take if you believe you are being retaliated against for your whistleblower lawsuit. When you have reported what you believe was fraudulent wrongdoing, being retaliated against for your honest and ethical actions can be not only frustrating but can also affect you financially. What can you do if you believe you are being retaliated against for whistleblowing?

Our whistleblower lawyers at Louthian Law can guide you through the process of filing a claim about the alleged retaliation with the Office of Special Counsel, which is the independent government agency that investigates and prosecutes whistleblower retaliation. If this agency determines that you don’t have a valid claim, you can appeal that decision to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, which helps to protect federal employees from abuses by agency managers. We will also advise you about your rights when it comes to recovering back pay, reversing job changes and seeking damages for additional retaliatory employment actions you may have suffered.

Contact Our Skilled Whistleblower Lawyers for Help with Your Retaliation Case

If you believe you have been retaliated against for your whistleblowing actions, contact our knowledgeable attorneys who will advise you of your rights under the Whistleblower Protection Act and work to ensure your rights and interests are upheld. Call the Louthian Law firm in Columbia, South Carolina at (803) 454-1200 for a free consultation.

Our diligent attorneys have years of experience handling whistleblower claims and whistleblower retaliation cases. You can rely on us to work knowledgeably in your best interest when you hire our whistleblower law firm.

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How do you choose a whistleblower lawyer? This is one of the first questions you should ask yourself if you’ve uncovered wrongdoing and have decided to do the right thing by coming forward. Whistleblowers are incredibly brave people who risk their jobs and livelihoods to expose fraud, corruption, and greed. But these cases are complicated and time consuming. They often involve large corporations with deep pockets and teams of lawyers. You need smart advice and protection from retaliation. You need someone who will be your advocate every step of the way. 5 Top Criteria for How to Choose a Whistleblower Lawyer Demonstrated experience in filing and litigating cases on behalf of whistleblowers Proven track record of winning whistleblower claims Thorough knowledge of whistleblower law, time limitations, and legal options Ability and willingness to dedicate the time and resources necessary to build a strong case Dedication to protecting the client’s best interests....