Whistleblowers often have to walk a lonely road before coming to us. Their attempts to do the right thing at work have either been ignored or punished. They feel stress, defeat, anger, and fear because they don’t know what’s going to happen next. And yet, they also demonstrate a steely determination to do the right thing and expose what they know. They need someone they can trust to help them make that happen.
Keller Grover is Uniquely Qualified to Represent Whistleblowers
Whistleblower cases require lawyers litigating them to prove a fraud while protecting their client who typically learns of the fraud at work. While many law firms have experience dealing with fraud cases or employment issues, few are experienced enough to handle both issues together. The lawyers at Keller Grover have over 25 years of experience litigating both fraud and employment matters. This rare combination makes Keller Grover uniquely qualified to represent whistleblowers.
False Claims Act at a Glance
The False Claim Act was originally signed into law in 1863 to help combat fraud by suppliers to the United States government during the Civil War. Today, the False Claims Act remains one of the federal government’s most effective weapons in fighting fraud on the government. The Act incentivizes whistleblowers, or Relators as they are known, to report a fraud on the government by rewarding them with a percentage of the amount the government successfully recovers as a result of the whistleblower’s False Claims Act case. Many states, including California, have followed the federal government in adopting whistleblower statutes to combat fraud on state and local governments. These laws all contain important protections for whistleblowers who expose a fraud on the government. If an employer retaliates against a worker who has taken measures to expose wrongs they witness on the job, that employee has rights under federal law, including the False Claims Act, and the laws of many states.
Kinds of Whistleblower Actions
The United States government is the single largest purchaser in the country buying products in every conceivable category, from computers and office supplies to drugs and medical services to missile guided defense systems and protective equipment for combat troops. False claims against the government are as varied as the government’s contracts, including: (1) overcharging for a product or service; (2) delivering a defective or ineffective product; (3) paying the government less than it is entitled to under a contract; (4) charging the government for less than the promised amount of the product; (5) underpaying money owed to the government; and (6) charging for one thing but delivering something different. False Claims Act cases, sometimes referred to as Qui Tam actions, brought with the assistance of whistleblowers have exposed fraud in countless aspects of the government’s purchasing.