Whistleblowers, called relators under the False Claims Act, may file complaints alleging violations of the FCA under seal with the Department of Justice. FCA lawsuits initiated by relators are known as qui tam actions and, if successful, a relator is entitled to share in a portion of the government’s recovery from those lawsuits. Where the Government intervenes in a relator’s case and takes over the litigation, the whistleblower is entitled to between 15 and 25 percent of the Government’s recovery. On the other hand, if the Government declines to intervene, a whistleblower may still litigate the action on the Government’s behalf. In those matters, known as declined or non-intervened cases, relators are eligible for 25 to 30 percent of any recovery made.
Lawsuits brought by both the Government and whistleblowers alike assert a variety of theories for relief under the False Claims Act, including:
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