Whistleblower & False Claims
Protecting Your Right to Expose Wrongdoing
At Pines Bach LLP, we are committed to championing the rights of whistleblowers. We believe that individuals who have the courage to expose misconduct deserve fierce legal representation and advocacy. Just as important, we understand the emotional and professional challenges that whistleblowers face. Our team provides compassionate support and guidance every step of the way, from initial consultation to resolution.
Whistleblower laws are complex and only certain types of activities in certain industries qualify for protection. There are more than 50 federal whistleblower laws with different requirements that work in different ways. Our lawyers can evaluate your situation to determine whether you may be eligible for whistleblower protections and potential rewards for exposing fraud.
Unique Firsthand Experience
As a whistleblower himself, Attorney Will Kramer has firsthand experience navigating the legal, political, and personal considerations that uniquely affect whistleblowers. After discovering that a multibillion-dollar corporation was illegally handling and disposing of hazardous waste in multiple communities, he filed a whistleblower complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and worked with a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of investigative journalists to expose the situation. The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency have since taken action against the company. Attorney Kramer puts his personal experience as a whistleblower to work on behalf of his clients.
Our Services To Whistleblowers
- Whistleblower Protection: If you’ve witnessed fraud, corruption, or illegal activities within your organization and are considering blowing the whistle, our attorneys can help protect your rights before you do anything to put yourself at risk. We will advise you on the best course of action, assist in filing a whistleblower complaint, and work to ensure you receive the legal protections and rewards you are entitled to.
- Qui Tam Actions: If you have knowledge of fraudulent activity that has defrauded the government, you may be eligible to file a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act. Our firm can guide you through the process, from filing the initial complaint to recovering a share of the government’s recovery.
- Retaliation Claims: If you have faced retaliation, harassment, or wrongful termination for reporting misconduct, we can help you seek remedies for retaliation, including reinstatement, back pay, and damages. We will vigorously defend your rights and hold your employer accountable for their actions.
Potential Whistleblower Rewards
Whistleblower rewards are designed to encourage people to report certain kinds of fraud, such as when a healthcare company charges Medicare for services it didn’t actually provide, or when publicly traded companies lie to their investors. Instead of only compensating an employee for the harm they suffered as a result of retaliation, whistleblower rewards are determined based on the total amount of money the government recovers from the employer. Under different programs, whistleblowers can be eligible to receive between 10%-30% of the government’s recovery. Because fraud against the government can involve vast amounts of money, the size of the reward to a successful whistleblower can be life changing.
If you have information about any of the following, you might be eligible for a whistleblower reward:
- Corporate Fraud: Financial fraud, accounting irregularities, and other misconduct within corporations.
- Healthcare Fraud: Fraudulent billing practices, kickbacks, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud.
- Government Contract Fraud: Fraud related to government contracts and procurement.
- Securities Fraud: Insider trading, market manipulation, and other securities fraud.
- Environmental Violations: Environmental violations, such as illegal dumping, pollution, and violations of environmental regulations.
- Consumer Protection: Deceptive marketing practices, product safety concerns, or other consumer protection violations.