Qui Tam/False and Fraudulent Claims (Whistleblower Litigation)

Qui tam is a Latin term that refers to actions where individuals bring claims on behalf of the government (and themselves) to expose fraudulent practices perpetrated against the government.  That is, the individual bringing the suit “blows the whistle” on the fraud or false claims against the government. There are very specific requirements and limitations for qui tam claims and these claims must be filed by persons with personal knowledge of false or fraudulent claims that are submitted to the United States or to a state government.  Qui tam claims typically involve health care, military, or other government spending programs but can involve any instance where fraud or false claims are made against the government.