Our firm has recovered nearly $400 million dollars in federal and state government money as the result of false claims act cases brought by whistleblowers.
We have also successfully represented dozens of other whistleblowers in employment actions and retaliation cases.
We know that filing any type of whistleblower claim can be difficult. Many whistleblowers have already suffered retaliation, discrimination, termination, or embarrassment at the hands of their employees or other entities simply for speaking out against actions which they believe to be wrong.
Our firm has over 16 years of experience working with whistleblowers and guiding them through the confusing (and sometimes lengthy) process of filing and investigating a False Claims Act (FCA) case. Our FCA experience ranges from handling matters against nation-wide companies such as Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical and GE Healthcare, to cases against single practitioners and small businesses.
Our attorneys are nationally recognized for their work with FCA whistleblowers, and represent individuals across the county in fraud cases involving government-funded health care programs, Department of Defense and other government contracts, postal service fraud, and other misuses of taxpayer dollars. Many of our attorneys are admitted to practice in federal courts across the country, including district courts in Michigan, Colorado, Texas, and Wisconsin, to name a few.
Our attorneys will work with you to determine whether or not you have a potential False Claims Act case, and what other rights you may have as a whistleblower.
Additionally, our experienced employment attorneys have represented individuals who have been retaliated against or terminated for objecting to violations of other state and federal laws, including the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act; Age Discrimination Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; and other employment laws. We have also represented whistleblowers in retaliation cases brought under Section 3730(h) of the federal False Claims Act, and the Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act. In the past, we have helped clients with everything from negotiating a severance package or release, to handling litigation for clients who have been wrongfully terminated or retaliated against.
Have a question about whether or not you may have a whistleblower claim? Call us today at (248) 539-7420. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential. Please note that it is important to act promptly. Any delays may jeopardize your ability to successfully file a whistleblower case. Additionally, many whistleblower laws also have statutes of limitation which act as filing deadlines. These statutes of limitations may be as short as 90 days, so you must act quickly to protect any rights you may have.
What types of laws protect whistleblowers?
There are many laws that protect whistleblowers from retaliation for investigating and prosecuting fraud, or for opposing other unlawful practices. For example, the federal False Claims Act includes a provision that prohibits retaliation against employees or contractors based on efforts to stop fraudulent conduct. Many states also have their own versions of the False Claims Act that include whistleblower protection provisions. In addition, there are dozens of other state and federal statutes, such as the Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, that afford whistleblowers similar legal recourse from retaliation.
What percentage of judgments/settlements typically goes to the whistleblower?
Certain whistleblower statutes include provisions that allow whistleblowers to share in the proceeds in the event of a government recovery, and/or if fines and penalties are assessed. In False Claims Act cases for example, whistleblowers generally receive between 15 and 25 percent of the ultimate recovery by the government, regardless of whether that recovery is the result of settlement or a judgment. There are many factors that determine what specific percentage will be awarded to a successful whistleblower. In addition, other whistleblower laws, such as those that permit whistleblowers to report fraud to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), provide a similar percentage recovery to the whistleblower.
Can I blow the whistle on a competitor’s companies?
There have been many successful whistleblower cases brought by competitors in the industry. Typically, competitors have the additional motivation of wanting to make sure that they are competing in a fair and level marketplace. Additionally, competitors are often intimately familiar with each other’s policies and practices through the years of working in the same industry.
Can I blow the whistle while I still work for my employer, and even if I have not raised the issue internally with the company?
Of course. Many employees bring successful whistleblower claims while still serving as employees at the company accused of fraud. Moreover, many whistleblower laws do not require that an employee reports the fraud internally before pursuing a whistleblower claim.
Does it matter how long ago the fraudulent activity occurred?
The statute of limitations varies depending on the whistleblower claim. In a typical False Claims Act case, for example, there is a six-year statute of limitations for whistleblower claims, but that period may be extended as far back as ten years. However, other types of claims offer a wide variety of limitation periods. On one end of the spectrum, an IRS Whistleblower claim has no statute of limitations. On the other end, a retaliation claim under the Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act is subject to a 90 day statute of limitations. Regardless of the applicable limitations period, it is usually better to pursue your whistleblower claim as early as possible. An attorney can help you to discuss the applicable limitations period and your options for filing a lawsuit.
How much proof do I need to bring a whistleblower case?
This is highly dependent on the facts of your claim. Experience has shown that even people who just hear rumors about fraud are sometimes right in their hunch, but just have not looked into the details sufficiently. We will work with you to see if the information that you have will be sufficient to bring a whistleblower claim. If you have any information that any type of fraud against the government is occurring you should contact us.
Why should I choose Haron Law Group to pursue my claim?
Haron Law Group has an extensive cross-country whistleblower practice and has filed successful claims in numerous courts around the nation. HLG has collected over $400 million in whistleblower recoveries since it began its whistleblower practice. HLG attorneys have authored numerous articles on the False Claims Act and other whistleblower laws, and have been featured as speakers in conferences and seminars both on a local and national level.